IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARCO POLO
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Did Marco Polo reach China?
This richly visual documentary chronicles the remarkable two-year expedition of amateur explorers Denis Belliveau and Francis O’Donnell as they sought the answer to this controversial 700-year-old question. Using Polo’s book, The Travels of Marco Polo, as their guide, they become the first to retrace his entire route—20,000 miles to China and back—by land and sea. Along the way they visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, dodge bombs and bullets from Afghan tribes, navigate China’s treacherous Taklamakan Desert, and more. Their experiences echo those of Polo to a surprising extent, drawing a revealing parallel between past and present.
6 and up