Definitions for xanaduˈzæn əˌdu, -ˌdyu
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Xan•a•duˈzæn əˌdu, -ˌdyu(n.)(pl.)-dus.
a place of great beauty, luxury, and contentment.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of Xanadu:
S. T. Coleridge's modification, in the poem “Kubla Khan” (1797), of Xandu (17th-cent. sp.), modern Shangtu, the site of Kublai Khan's summer residence in SE Mongolia
The summer capital of Kublai Khan's empire
Origin: From 上都 (Shàngdū).
Shangdu, also known as Xanadu, was the capital of Kublai Khan's Yuan dynasty in China, before he decided to move his throne to the Jin dynasty capital of Zhōngdū, which he renamed Dàdū, present-day Beijing. Shangdu then became his summer capital. Shangdu was visited by the Venetian traveller Marco Polo in about 1275, and was destroyed in 1369 by the occupying Ming dynasty under Zhu Yuanzhang. In 1797 historical accounts of the city inspired the famous poem Kubla Khan by the English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
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