walked on throughout the south Silk Road, where the quote-oases of Kachgar and Hotan emerge, then,
after this sea of sand which is Takla-Makan, he reached the caves with the Buddhist treasures and
paintings of Dunhuang, always continuing in Inner Mongolia until Shangdu (Xanadu of Kubilaï Khan,
celebrated by the poem of Coleridge). To the service of Kubilaï, he travelled in Tibet and Myanmar.
He resided in Yangzhou and Hangzhou, then the largest cities of the world, and descended the Large
Channel and Yang-Tseu-Kiang...
From foreword from "route of Marco Polo, from Venice to Beijin", p.8,
of Michael Yamashita, © Ed. SOLAR 2003
Emperor gives some festivities for his return of hunting. An image shows him
attacking elephants, armed with an arc.
Marco Polo indicates besides how much, during these festivities, Gran Kan
was delighted by the presence of the Latins, with emphase, and considered
sometimes better than the barons (lords) of its own Cour.
describes the lord Genghis Khan. And arrives at the marvellous palace of Gran Can
in the city of Ciandu ("the higher capital", close of Duolun in Inner Mongolia).
A made marble palace and other noble skilfully worked stones (chap. LXXV).
End of the first book
The second part speaks about the Court of Kan, as well as time spent in China and his missions.
id you know it ?
Mongolian, under the reign of Genghis Khan, were the firsts to used the currency as paper form.
The image opposite shows the Emperor whom shows boxes containing the money.
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Polo asking the Emperor the permission to go home
ecause many time spent there,
Marco Polo ends up learning the Mongolian language and remains in China during sixteen years.
He carries out several missions, in particular that of governor of a city. But, the Polo
would wish to return to their country, and unfortunately, the Emperor Kubilaï Khan
is not laid out yet to let them leave.
apparently had indeed much sorrow to leave, with the assent of the Emperor,
the Mongolian kingdom. However, the occasion occurred with the loss
of his wife. The wife of the emperor dies. This one leaves for will that it will be queen,
only any woman with royal/lord's blood. The girl of a baron agrees with the "affair".
After being presented at the emperor, and being accepted (there were others concurentes),
she returns by inland waterway. The experiment that Marco Polo acquired then in these seas
during his missions is then used. And it's with regret that the Emperor separates from the
Polo, not without their to have entrusted two gereges, one untying them of the constraint
of the Court, the other, granting to them the privileges of a large lord to obtain all
they need for the return.
History continues here