Xanadu

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See also: Shangdu and Shang-du

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From Mandarin 上都 (Shàngdū). The first Romanized form comes from Marco Polo's writings in Italian as "Shan-Du". In 1617, Purchas his Pilgrimage, or Relations of the World and the Religions observed in all Ages and Places discovered, from the Creation unto this Present... by Samuel Purchas was published in London, containing the phrase "In Xamdu did Cublai Can build a stately Palace" on page 472. This was the inspiration for Coleridge's poem which uses the spelling "Xanadu".

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Xanadu

  1. The summer capital of Kublai Khan's empire

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