YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO EXPLORE WITH MARCO POLO
New York : Franklin Watts, 2009
IL 3-6, RL 4.9
||Do you like to travel? You can take
an airplane or other type of convenient transportation to
easily arrive at your destination. What was it like to
travel in the past when such transportation was not
available? We can get an idea of how it was to travel
way back then with the journeys of Marco Polo,
an Italian explorer and merchant who wrote about his
travels to China and other parts of Asia during the 13th
century. He left Italy when he was a teenager with his
father and uncle, traveling by ship and overland. As
incredible as it sounds, Marco traveled and remained
abroad for about 24 years. He needed a ton of patience, as
it took quite a long time to reach a destination,
sometimes a year or more. Along the way, there could be
dangers. You could be attacked by violent robbers.
The weather and environment could be quite harsh.
You had to travel through the desert by camel in a
caravan. Camels could be bad tempered and you could get
seasick riding on a camel. If you traveled by ship,
there was the fear of being attacked by pirates. It could
be difficult to travel if you got sick along the way. When
Marco arrived in China, he met the ruler of China. He was
impressed with Marco and gave him a job traveling
throughout Asia to report on what he saw. Learn more about
all the amazing journeys of this intrepid adventurer and
the various cultures and customs throughout Asia.
(May Harn Liu, Email Address: email@example.com,
|SUBJECTS: Asia -- Description and travel.
Polo, Marco, 1254-1323?
Voyages and travels.