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Marco Polo is famous for his travels through Asia. He was one of the first Europeans to travel into Mongolia and China. He became famous for his book that told the story of his travels along the Silk Road to China.
Marco Polo was born in Venice, Italy around 1254. In 1271, when he was 17 years old, he travelled to Asia with his father and uncle. On this journey, he became a favourite of Kublai Khan, the Mongol Emperor. He roamed through Mongolia and China for 17 years. He travelled farther into China than any European had gone before. Finally, he took a ride to Persia and then back home. In all, he was gone for 24 years!
When he returned to Venice in 1295, he became a popular storyteller. People gathered at his home to hear his stories of his travels in the Far East.
In 1298, there was a conflict between Venice and Genoa. Polo was captured by the Genoese and imprisoned by them. While in jail, Marco dictated the story of his travels to a writer who published the book, The Travels of Marco Polo. The book helped to make Europeans very interested in trading with China and the Far East, and that led to the explorations of Columbus and many others who were searching for a quicker way to sail to China and India.
Marco Polo died in 1324.

Today I invite you for an "off the beaten track" tour, all the way from Italy to China. 120 legs and over 115 flight hours overflying unknown land and going to unusual places. Who has the guts to meet this challenge? Welcome aboard gentlemen! Using a single or twin prop aircraft, this great round robin will bring you from Venice, all along the tracks of Marco Polo, to Beijing and return following another way. You can use any single or twin props aircraft provided it has an appropriate range as some legs are rather long (see flight plans below).

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Some interesting links for further information

http://www.silk-road.com/artl/marcopolo.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Travels_of_Marco_Polo

http://www.wliw.org/marcopolo/interactives/timeline-marco-polos-journey/118/


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