Gobi Desert

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Gobi Desert
Gobi Desert in the PC release of Mario's Time Machine
First appearance Mario's Time Machine (1993)
Greater location China, Mongolia
Inhabitants Explorers (including Marco Polo)
Gobi Desert in the SNES release of Mario's Time Machine

The Gobi Desert (Chinese: 戈壁; Pinyin: Gēbì; Mongolian: ᠭᠣᠪᠢ, Gowĭ; Cyrilic Mongolian: Гови, Govi) is a region of desert that stretches from China to Mongolia. It was commonly used as a means of entering the neighboring areas. In the thirteenth century, Marco Polo crossed the desert with his family, Niccolò and Maffeo Polo, and eventually reached Cambuluc, the capital of the Mongol Empire. After spending years in the capital, they eventually crossed the desert again to return home, this time with a Mongolian princess who they needed to escort to the Khan of Persia. In 1292, Mario travels to the Gobi Desert himself to return a Print Block to Marco Polo while he is still on the outskirts of Cambuluc.