Speaking of travels, I heard that when Marco Polo first opened the trade
routes to China, he was quite impressed with their rockets. Now, these weren't
quite the fireworks we now know, but they did shoot into the air, explode and
make some pretty patterns. Strangely, no matter where he went, there were people
who made fireworks, but he had trouble finding someone to demonstrate them for
"Not here!" they said. It was very confusing. Until ol' Marc came upon
an ancient military fortification at the community of Chu'Lai. Here, fireworks
were launched every night, and Marc was very impressed!
But still he wondered, "Why here?" At the end of every week, people
came from great distances, bringing their own fireworks to launch. So Marco Polo
asked his guide why everyone came here to launch their fireworks.
Marc's guide replied, "Why honored sir, we always set off fireworks on the
Forts of Chu'Lai."