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Monday, December 04, 2017

Definitions for Xanadu

  1. a place of great beauty, luxury, and contentment.

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Citations for Xanadu
So now there is this Xanadu, a ghost town from birth. On paper it is the second richest place in China, per capita income just behind Shanghai. Ken Liu, "The Long Haul: From the Annals of Transportation, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009," Clarkesworld, November 2014
Levy's Lodge--that was what the sign at the coast road said--was a Xanadu of the senses; within its insulated walls there was something that could gratify anything. John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces, 1980
Origin of Xanadu
Xanadu is associated with the English poet and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) in his poem “Kubla Khan,” written in a “reverie” (possibly inspired by opium) in 1797. The first two lines run: “In Xanadu did Kubla Khan / A stately pleasure dome decree:” Kubla (Kublai) Khan (1215–94) was the grandson of the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan (1162-1227) and was the first emperor of the Chinese Yuan dynasty. Xanadu is from Chinese (Mandarin) Shàngdū (“Upper Capital”), now in Inner Mongolia about 220 miles north of Beijing. Xanadu first entered English in the 17th century.