Chinese records in Portugal archives tell story of Macau

Chinese records in Portugal archives tell story of Macau

Around 100 documents on the official correspondence between the Qing Dynasty officials governing Macau and the Office of the Procurator of the Loyal Senate of Macau, or the then Portuguese authorities in Macau, are going on display today on the he first museum for classic books in China, located in Beijing.

The exhibition was earlier displayed in Macau. The documents are part of more than 3,600 items, which are known as "Official Records of Macau During the Qing Dynasty (1693-1886)" and were inscribed in the Memory of the World Register in 2017, according to a co-sponsor of the exhibition.

Consisting of records written in Chinese and their Portuguese translations, the documents reflect social conditions, people's life, urban construction and commercial trade of Macau at that time and are important historical records for studying the region in the Qing Dynasty.

Entitled "Records written in Chinese -- story of Macau told by archives at Torre do Tombo National Archive," the exhibition is co-sponsored by the National Library of China (NLC) and the Torre do Tombo National Archive (National Archives of Portugal) and will be held at the NLC-based National Museum of Classic Books from June 10 to July 26.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the return of Macau to Chinese control. The territory had been under Portuguese administration for more than 300 years.