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Marco! Polo! Let's Go



The ease of travel we enjoy today is made possible by the creation of new technologies and inventions such as engines used in aeroplanes and diesel powered cruiseliners. However, back in the 12th century, the primary mode of transportation is via horses and other manual means. One of the world’s famous explorer is Marco Polo and his travels have been documented in his book called the “The travels of Marco Polo”. Marco Polo’s journey was inspired by his father and uncle as they had already returned from Mongolia. However, Marco Polo travelled farther than his predecessors in his 24 years journey and even became a confidant of Kublai Khan! Our group aims to trace his travels through his point of view via Instagram postings with light hearted captions to educate others of his venturous travels.

Did you know? Marco Polo barely knew his father and uncle when they began their expedition.

The link to the Instagram account is

Significance & Reflection

The aim of our blog post was to use a fun and captivating medium to educate others about Marco Polo’s journey. Even though he was not the first European to travel to China, his journey was significant to history because it was well documented and served as one of the best sources for Europeans to know more about Asia at the time.This led to the growth of direct political, economic and cultural communications between the two.

Did you know? Marco Polo was a huge inspiration to Christopher Columbus. He actually carried a copy of “The Travels of Marco Polo” on his journeys to the New World.


It was an eye opener for us to learn that Marco Polo’s journey happened during the medieval time in Europe and Yuan dynasty in China. Honestly, we had a lot of fun through the hours of research and creating this blog post. The concept of describing a historical figure through a modern medium like Instagram is fascinating. The work is not rigid and encourages us to be creative. In addition, we were allowed to describe Marco Polo’s journey through his perspective in a casual way. The project was a wonderful experience for us although piecing the timeline for the pictures were challenging. Ultimately, it is all about making an interesting and educational piece of work. Hope Professor Heather and all our classmates enjoy “The Life of Marco Polo”!

Did you know? Marco Polo mistook some of the animals he saw for mythical creatures.



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Group members: Zenda Soo, Clarence Low, Ly Tuan Kiet, Eliza Ng