Book of Ser Marco Polo

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Coal in China

1

It is a fact that all over the country of Cathay there are black stones existing in beds in the mountains, which the people dig out and burn like firewood. If you supply the fire with them at night and see that they are well kindled, you will find them still alight in the morning; and they make such capital fuel that no other is used throughout the country. It is true that the Chinese have plenty of wood also, but they do not burn it, because these stones burn better and cost less.

Moreover with that vast number of people, and the number of hot baths that they maintain — for every one has such a bath at least three times a week, and in winter if possible every day, while every nobleman and man of wealth has a private bath for his own use — the wood would not suffice for the purpose.2

1 , bk. ii, ch. 30.

2 Coal exists in every one of the eighteen provinces of China. In this respect the country is one of the richest in the world.

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Chicago: "Coal in China," Book of Ser Marco Polo in Readings in Early European History, ed. Webster, Hutton (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1926), Original Sources, accessed August 9, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QVKQBF5Q2FLWX91.

MLA: . "Coal in China." Book of Ser Marco Polo, Vol. ii, in Readings in Early European History, edited by Webster, Hutton, Boston, Ginn and Company, 1926, Original Sources. 9 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QVKQBF5Q2FLWX91.

Harvard: , 'Coal in China' in Book of Ser Marco Polo. cited in 1926, Readings in Early European History, ed. , Ginn and Company, Boston. Original Sources, retrieved 9 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QVKQBF5Q2FLWX91.