May 20, 2013

Portugal FDC on "500 Years Portugal - China"

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500 Anos Portugal - China

500 Years Portugal - China

Date of Issue : 8 May 2013

2013 marks the five hundred years of the direct relationship of cooperation and friendship between Portugal and China.

In May 1513, Jorge Álvares sailed under the Portuguese Malacca captain Rui de Brito Patalim in a junk from Pegu and landed on Lintin (Nei Lingding Island, 内伶仃岛) which was about three miles from the Chinese mainland coast. Upon landing, he raised a Padrão from the king of Portugal

Jorge Álvares later joined the venture of establishing the settlements in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong around 1513 to 1514. This visit was followed by the establishment of a number of Portuguese trading centres in the area, which were eventually consolidated in Macau.

(Information above is from Wiki and also from Portugal CTT website)

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