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Marco Polo the only Venetian to travel to China and return helped Venice become an important city Marco Polo traveled to China with his father and uncle to help Kublai Kahn He brought things back from China and developed new things from the trading Venice changed in many ways after Marco Polos travelsMarco Polo like his father Niccolo and his uncle Maffeo was a traveler His first experience of traveling came in 1271 when his father and Uncle took Marco on a journey with them At this time Marco was only seventeen years old and inexperiencedThe three of them traveled east from Venice to bring Kublai Kahn who is in China gifts from the pope They first sailed to Acre which is now in the area of Israel and Lebanon Then they traveled overland to the top of the Persian Gulf From there they then rode northward along the fringes of what is now AfghanistanThey passed through the province of Badakhshan in Northern Afghanistan where according to Marco The mountains are so lofty that it is a hard days work from morning till evening to get to the top of them Clark 32 From there they kept going northeast and reached the Pamirs which are mountains The three of them traveled for twelve days across this desert without seeing anything green It was also very coldThe Polos finally reached Kashgar and then traveling east they reached the Gobi desert They took a route that was three hundred and eighty miles long and traveled this in 28 stages or days This was an average of about thirteen to fourteen miles a day The Polos were now on the border of China and close to Kublai Kahn When Kahn heard of where they were he sent men out to meet them Forty days later they were escorted into Kahns great palace in PekingMarco Polo was now twenty-one years old The
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