"Chapas Sinicas—Stories of Macao in Torre Do Tombo" is opened in the NLC


On 10 June, in order to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between China and Portugal as well as 20 years of the retrocession of Macao, "Chapas Sinicas—Stories of Macao in Torre Do Tombo", which was co-sponsored by the National Library of China (NLC), and Portugal Bureau of Books, Archives and Libraries (The National Archive of Torre Do Tombo of Portugal), was opened in the National Museum of Classic Books. Graça Fonseca, Minister of the Ministry of Culture of Portugal, Silvestre Lacerda, Director of Portugal Bureau of Books, Archives and Libraries, JoséAugusto Duarte, Portuguese ambassador to China, Zheng Hao, Deputy Director of International Exchange and Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China, and so on, attended the opening ceremony, which was hosted by Chen Ying, the NLC Deputy Director.

Graça Fonseca, Minister of the Ministry of Culture of Portugal, addressed a speech.

Zheng Hao, Deputy Director of International Exchange and Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China, addressed a speech.

Silvestre Lacerda, director of Portugal Bureau of Books, Archives and Libraries, made a speech.



Chen Ying, the NLC Deputy Director, hosted the ceremony.

This exhibition displayed more than 100 archives from more than 3,600 pieces of "Chapas Sinicas", told about preservation and restoration of "Chapas Sinicas", verified the archives with pictures and texts related to the Qing Dynasty, presented the stories from political exchanges to daily life, from tax management to economic and commercial interest negotiation, and the conflict resolution between the two ethnic groups, which happened in Macao but were related to China and Portugal and even confirmed the important process of world history, and recreated the colorful historical picture of Macao in the Qing Dynasty. The "Chapas Sinicas" didn't only witness the official exchanges between the Qing government and the Loyal Senate of Macao between 1693 and 1886, but also showed the history of the exchanges between people in the two countries, which were important cultural heritages of China and Portugal, and even the whole world.

The NLC had been devoting itself to the communication and cooperation with domestic and foreign organizations through the medium of classic books. Co-organizing exhibitions was one of the important manners, and the NLC had successively held many Sino-foreign cooperation and exchange exhibitions, such as "The Messenger of Chinese Culture Transmission in Western Countries—Polish Missionary Michel Boym's Achievements Exhibition", "Shakespeare to Sherlock: Treasures of the British Library", "Borderless Love—A Documentary Exhibition Commemorating the 120th Birthday Anniversary of Rewi Alley", and so on. China and Portugal had been trading along the Maritime Silk Road since the 16th century. At the beginning of reform and opening up, Portugal and China formally established diplomatic relations. This exhibition would further enhance the understanding between people in the two countries, promote cultural heritage preservation and cooperation, and jointly write a new chapter for the friendship between China and Portugal.

The exhibition was open for the public free of charge, and would run until 26 July.






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