We drew our inspiration from the famous explorer Marco Polo. Here is an excerpt and a link to more description about him and his travels from the Silkroad Foundation.
Marco Polo and His Travels
Marco Polo (1254-1324), is probably the most famous Westerner traveled on the Silk Road. He excelled all the other travelers in his determination, his writing, and his influence. His journey through Asia lasted 24 years. He reached further than any of his predecessors, beyond Mongolia to China. He became a confidant of Kublai Khan (1214-1294). He traveled the whole of China and returned to tell the tale, which became the greatest travelogue.
Mosaic representing Marco Polo at Villa Hanbury, Ventimiglia, Italy
“Marco-polo-hanbury” by Lotho2 – Own work