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Paiza was an imperial passport awarded to Marco Polo due to his linguistic and diplomatic talents and his loyalty to the Great Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis – the ruler of one the largest empires in history, the Mongolian Empire, in what is known today as the People’s Republic of China.

This passport offered Marco Polo the Khan’s prestigious hospitality; access to the empire’s network, elite intellectual circle, knowledge, inventions, security, lavish wealth, colorful silk clothing, and Asian fine arts; and a world of richness and luxury that he had never experienced before. With these rich experiences, Polo was able to explore the length and breadth of the empire, resulting in his world-famous book, The Travels of Marco Polo.

Paiza was his passport to luxury and access to the Far East.

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