Marco Polo's Yangzhou: Was He Really a Governor There Under the Mongols?

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Venue: JO 4.102
Admission: Free
Season: 2015-16

Confucius Salon: Forum on Chinese Culture

************** 54th Session **************

The Forum on Chinese Culture of the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas is pleased to present its 54th session on an ancient Chinese city, of which Marco Polo claimed to have been a governor in his world-renowned book “Maro Polo’s Travels.” Yangzhou used to be China’s No. 1 center of economy, art, and culture for over a thousand years before it was replaced by Shanghai in modern times. Nowadays, Yangzhou is a tourist city known for its temples, gardens, cuisines, handicrafts, operas, calligraphy, painting, and other artistic forms. For this session, we have invited a guest speaker, who was born, grew up, and went to college in Yangzhou. Dandan Chen, a lecturer of foreign studies and Ph.D. candidate at Yangzhou University, will give a lecture and a power-point presentation on the history, cityscape, customs, art, and culture of Yangzhou as well as Marco Polo’s legendary relationship to the city. She will answer the question of whether Marco Polo was really appointed a governor of Yangzhou by Kublai Khan in the 13th century.  

Chinese Tea and Food Served

Free and Open to the Public

For more information contact:
Ming Gu
[email protected]

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