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北师大版高中英语第三册课文朗读: lesson 31

[by:www.TingVOA.com - VOA英语网][00:00.00]如果你喜欢VOA英语网(www.Tingvoa.com),请介绍给更多的同学哦[00:00.10]lesson 31 Marco Polo[00:1.00]Marco Polo and His Travels marco Poto was born in Italy in 1254.[00:2.00]He was the son of a merchant and in 1271,when he was just 17 years old,[00:3.00]he travelled across Europe and Asia with his father,[00:4.00]who wanted to do trade with the Chinese.[00:5.00]Eventually,they arrived in Beijing.[00:6.00]At that time China was ruled by the Yuan Dynasty Emperor,Kublai Khan.[00:7.00]Kublai Khan welcomed Marco and his father.[00:8.00]He was very happy to meet tow foreigners and wanted to learn all about Europe.[00:9.00]Marc and his father were guests at the Emperor's Palace.[00:10.00]Although Marco was young,he was very clever and could already speak four languages.[00:11.00]The Emperor was impressed by him and they became friends.[00:12.00]He asked Marco to serve in his court[00:13.00]and sent him on many important missions across the country.[00:14.00]Marco,in turn,was amazed by how beautiful and powerful China was.[00:15.00]He was very impressed by Beijing and the Emperor's Palace.[00:16.00]He was particularly awed by the Summer Palace which he desCRIbed as[00:17.00]" The greatest palace that ever was...[00:18.00]The walls were covered in gold and silver[00:19.00]and the Hall was so large it could easily dine 6,000 people."[00:20.00]There were inventions and developments in China[00:21.00]which were not available in Europe at that time.[00:22.00]Marco was surprised to see Chinese people using paper money in the markets.[00:23.00]In Europe people paid for goods with gold or silver.[00:24.00]He could not understand how people could pay for food and valuables with paper![00:25.00]He was also confused by the black stones people used to burn for fuel.[00:26.00]The black stones were coal,but Marco had never seen coal before![00:27.00]In 1291,after 17 years of faithful service to the Emperor,Marco returned to Italy.[00:28.00]He was now a very wealthy man.[00:29.00]Not long after his return,a local war broke out near his town.[00:30.00]During the war,Marco was the captain of a warship[00:31.00]but was captured by the enemy and imprisoned.[00:32.00]However,Marco was lucky enough to meet another prisoner[00:33.00]who enjoyed listening to his stories about China.[00:34.00]This prisoner was an author and persuaded Marco to dictate all his stories to him[00:35.00]so that he could write them in a book.[00:36.00]This book,which was called The DesCRIption of the World,[00:37.00]became one of the best selling books in Europe.[00:38.00]Although people enjoyed reading his book,[00:39.00]many of them thought that Marco's stories about China were too fantastic to be true.[00:40.00]But Marco always stood by his tales.[00:41.00]Just before he died,aged 70,Marco was asked the question,[00:42.00]'Was it all true?"to which he replied,"I have only told a half of what I saw!" 来自:VOA英语网 文章地址: http://www.tingvoa.com/html/20180208/535245.html