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There is no doubt that the establishment of St. Paul's College is an important event in the history of Macau.

Founded by the Jesuits, Colégio de São Paulo was the first formal higher education institution in the orient. It was established in 1594, and its services ended in 1762. In those years all missionaries who went to spread Christianity in China and the Far East had to come to learn Chinese and oriental languages and cultures. The College also offered courses on western theology, philosophy, mathematics, astronomy and arts in the same way as modern universities. For these reasons the college became the main and first gate that connected the East and the West culturally, scientifically and academically.


St. Paul's College had a few number of buildings that formed the complex. Its church building was usually being called as the St Paul's Cathedral, which was burned down twice in 1595 and 1601. The third rebuilding of the church commenced in 1602 and was concluded in around 1640. The façade of the cathedral, which is built with granite, is architecturally Baroque but also contains motif and elements from the east such as Chinese characters. This have made the façade become a representation of the cultural entanglement between the east and west, and eventually the symbol of Macau.






For the Portuguese Empire, Macau iwasone major trading port in her marine trading network. Starting from late 16th century to mid 17th century, Portugal was experiencing her golden age in trading and exploration. Since Macau is located in the middle area between Portugal's major trading spots like Nagasaki of Japan, Manila of Philippines, Canton of China and the Malacca, goods to and from around the globe once had concentrated in Macau -- these had brought considerable impact and growth to the local economy, wealth and urban formation.

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The coastal region that facing Ilha Lapa is called O Porto Interior, or 'Inner Harbour' (內港). This is the first port and shelter for ships to enter Zhujiang (Pearl River) of Guangdong/Canton. In Porto Interior, commerce flourished. This is the first major commercial area of Macau.

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Asian and tropical products, such as sugar, coconut, spices, fine china and soy beans, had to pass through Macau in order to enter the European market. One of these goods included tea. Tea and the drinking of tea originated in China, and it was first sent to Europe in the 16th century. For European at that time tea was as expensive as silver. The word 'Chá' () was also first heard outside Asia, particularly regions that had connections with Portugal. (While the word/sound 'tea' came from 'te', Fujian language of , and was spread by the Dutch.)

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During this time, a more European city was emerging. Important buildings like churches occupied the higher lands and the city was built around them. Western style of hospital and schools were also founded, and western mansions were changing the cityscape of Macau.



tankmank: Thanks! Yes they are my own making, can't find suitable models for most of the building I wanted so I make them by myself


sarthakknight, slickbg56, fan o SC4, Tonraq, Schriefer, TowerDude, _A, : Thank you so much! It has been a long time after the last update since I have been procrastinating quite a bit

:P I hope today's update can compensate the long wait.

a_muses: Lol, they are Chinese characters, and they mean the name of the place of interest of the update.



Since the Portuguese had settled, European culture, religion, science, crafts and technologies was starting to entre East Asia. One of these includes European cannon making.

In the early years, a Portuguese engineer named Pedro Bocarro established a cannon foundry in Macau in 1557. Bocarro Foundry produced bronze cannons, also iron cannons, gun powder and even bronze bells.


The products of the foundry were the finest in the world at that time. Cannons were made and sent to Europe and other parts of the world. The foundry was doing well in early 17th century, crowned with the title 'The world's best cannon foundry'. Even the Ming government had ordered several cannons to Beijing.


Unfortunately in mid 17th century, bronze cannons were getting obsolete, and being replaced by better steel cannons. Unable to adapt the trend, Bocarro Foundry had faced its hard time, and its name had eventually faded away in history.


sarthakknight: Thank you! I am far far way from a 'mmp god' I suppose, but I could say that the use of mmp really need practices and more importantly, a large resource of mmps.

tankmank: History is one theme of this journal :D

Huston, jmsepe, MilitantRadical, NielsC007, Marcadana,: Thanks! I appreciate that :)

elavery: Let's see. we are getting into 17th century, and the earliest modern casino to be recorded appear in…mid 20th century, guess we still get a long way to go.

Schriefer: I can recognize a few words and phases but unfortunately I don't really know Portuguese:( May be I should start some language classes in the future.



Europe had started several major expeditions for searching new route to the orient since the 15th century. This is called 'The age of discovery'. Two countries had played a major role in this age: Spain and Portuguese. These two Iberian countries had been competing each other since the start of the age. The Spaniard, travelled to the west of Europe to look for the 'West Indies', turned out to discover two new continents named 'The Americas'. While the Portuguese travelled around Africa and opened up a new route and trading spots in South Africa, East Africa, India, Malacca, Java, China and Japan.


The Portuguese first appeared in South China Sea in the early 16 century. To manage their trading empire, the Portuguese had wanted to established their own 'spot' to take care of their precious goods like spices.


Two methods turned out to be effective: either by force or by the power of money. After experiencing several military failures along the coast of Guangdong and Fujian the Portuguese had chosen the latter option. They claimed that their goods need to be landed in order to be dried by the sun, together with some 'material benefits', they are permitted by the local official to get off their ship and landed on the territory of China for the first time -- this is the recorded first landing of the Portuguese in Macau. Slowly they built walls and houses, settlements were formed, and became the 'resident' of Macau in 1550s.


Finally back to get up progress, I have been stuck in work for a few weeks already :(, and have encounter several technical difficulties on this journal as well.

The coastline is particularly bothering me. the grass overlay texture simply visually crashed with the sand props, and the sand props don't do well with Peg's Ppond MMP too. I hope there may be some better solutions in the future.


Fan o sc4, sarthakknight, Richie99, Prophet42: Thanks for appreciating the work!

jmsepe: Nay don't say that. It sure takes time to make something like this but still plenty of improvement could be done.

tankmank: Have a long road to go :)



Povoação de Mong-Há --- Mong Ha Village (望廈村), is one of the 3 earliest Chinese settlements of Macau. It is believed that the villagers were originated from Hokkien/Fujian, an ethics group of South-eastern Chinese Coast. In face the name Mong Ha means 'looking at Xia', which 'Xia' may refer to Xiamen, then city of Fujian.


Earliest record of the settlement dates back to 14th century. The location 'Mong Ha' still exist today, but the village was gone in late 19th century when the Portuguese government claimed the land. Today Mong Ha refers to the area of the same location, but only limited traces of the village could be found.



Sorry for the slow and single picture update, I am working on two projects recently so things are getting slow.

The hardest thing about today's update is that I can't find a single related image of the once-there village. Therefore I can only guess what would it look like. The architecture is based on a typical village in LingNam culture, which was predominant in Eastern and Southern China. The scale of the village is scaled down to make it more eye-pleasing as well.

Hope you like it.


jmsepe: I will do my best on it, if I can really manage to do that far :D

LnX, cmdp123789, slickbg56, juliok92012, Tonraq, fan o SC4, TekindusT, sarthakknigh, NielsC007, weixc812 : Thank you!

Benedict: Thanks! I specially planned to present those two features :)

ccy, Paulobergonci, MiltantRadical: Thank you! I hope I can put more time in these those...

sejr99999: Those are my own BATs and I am afraid that they won't be out for download :S, I MAY select some BATs for download in the future, though.


The time was 16th century, Ming Dynasty in ancient China, as well as the ending decades of the Great Exploration Age of the West.

Guangdong, South China. On the west side of the estuary of the Pearl River Delta, west of Hong Kong, south of of Zhuhai, east of Wanchai, there is a small place - a peninsular. Trace of human activities were found in this place since Neolithic Era, but only few entries were found.

The story start here, now.


It was said that the surrounding water were rich but clam. It was famous for its oyster harvesting activities, and in bright days, the sea was as calm as a mirror. People of China like to name their place according to the physical character and puns, and give the name「濠鏡澳」(Ho-Kiang-O, literally 'oyster-mirror-bay') to this place. The place laid between two hills, and it looks like a door, or a gate. Therefore here comes a slightly more common name, 「澳門」(O-Mun literally 'bay-gate').


The local people lived on fishing and simple farming. To pray for good weather they built the temple for and worshiped Goddess Mazu - a goddess of sea according to Taoist legend. This temple was named as 媽閣廟 (Ma-Kok-Mui)or A-Ma Temple, 'mother's corner' by meaning, and was built in the late 15 century. In addition, people had fromed a small market at the seashore in front of the temple, selling daily goods and catches.


「澳門」has an western name, 'Macau'. The name Macau may have come from the temple itself. When European (The Portuguese) first came from Europe through the Cape of Hope of Africa and the Indian Ocean, they asked for there location onshore. Due the language barrier with the local the got the name 'Ma-Kok', and later it was written as 'Macau'. Another legend said the Portuguese had combined the word 'A-Ma' and 'Cau' (which means 'port' in Portuguese) to from the name 'Amacau', meaning mother's port, and later had transformed into the name 'Macau'.


Side notes:

Finally the first chapter of a brand new CJ. To be honest I have always wanted to make a journal about the city where I was born and living, but the amount of works have to be done was…great. I used around 2 weeks of my own free time on this 2 pics (mostly making of the scene, you see), so don't expect rapid update.

Everything I made in the pictures HAS difference to the actual event or physical appearance. They are mostly my imagination and understanding of the history of Macau, from old drawings and records.

This is also a challenge for me in scenes making. Most major elements were made by myself from 3D digital models, Lot-editing is also not-so-familiar to me, too. I hope to keep the quality satisfactory and maintain the pace, to tell the story of my hometown from 16th century to 21st century modern time.

Replies and comment are always great and the source of power for creation. I hope you like it!


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