In Pictures: In the footsteps of Marco Polo

What can Marco Polo's epic 13th century travels teach us about relations between East and West - then and now?

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East and West - where does the power lie? Where does the future lie? How does China fit into the world?

These were the questions that Marco Polo, a young merchant from Venice, was asking when he set out to discover the unknown East.

His story, related in The Travels of Marco Polo, described a new world that the West had little knowledge of and shaped how the West viewed the East ever since.

Now, those questions about China seem relevant again. What would Marco Polo's journey look like today?

In a contemporary retracing of Marco Polo's 13th century journey, we explore the world he witnessed and contemplate East and West today - people, places, power and perceptions.

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