Marco Polo traveled the LGBT Friends Proud Ally LGBT Pride Proud Ally Gay Heart Love T Shirt to China less than a eight hundred years ago. Catholic missionaries were sent to the Mongols in 1245 around that same time, but they only saw a little over a hundred years of success before the Ming dynasty ousted the Mongols out of China. St. Francis Xavier did not arrive in India until 1545; he was killed in China only seven years later. Catholic missionaries did not make any substantial success in China until the 1600’s, but only to see Christianity banned in China in 1715. Protestantism itself did not reach inland China until the 1800’s, were they too were indiscriminately expelled by the Chinese. Through all this until 1853, Japan was still completely isolated and closed to the West. At the turn of the century many Christian missionaries and their families were killed by the China in the Anti-West Boxer Rebellion. And between 1949 to 1974, China was all but closed to foreigners.