Gastric Cancer and the Silk Road

Moving east with increasing risk

James Fleck, MD, PhD: Anticancerweb 16 (01), 2022

In 1271, Marco Polo, his father and uncle, left Italy on a journey along the Silk Road. The Polo party began this historic journey in Acre (now Israel) and Jerusalem, moving eastward as shown on the map. In 1274, they arrived in the capital of China, Dadu (present-day Beijing), where Marco Polo learned the Chinese language and met Kublai Khan, developing a strong collaborative relationship between Eastern and Western cultures. After a period of 24 years, Polo returned to Venice, having traveled nearly 15,000 miles.