Marco Polo was the first European to travel to Asia and tell his story. His booh, "The Travels of Marco Polo" is the most famous travel book in history. Marco Polo was born in 1254 in Venice. When he was 17 he travelled with his father and uncle to China. Their trip took three years. The Emperor Kublai Khan was surprised to hear that there were Europeans in China. ETe invited them to his palace and he gave Marco a job.