Modern Zhaoqing – the largest city in the bay area project but also one of the least developed. Photo: WEIBOModern Zhaoqing – the largest city in the bay area project but also one of the least developed. Photo: WEIBO
Modern Zhaoqing – the largest city in the bay area project but also one of the least developed. Photo: WEIBO

The bay area city of Zhaoqing was once home to the Italian Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci, who drew the first modern Chinese map of the world

  • The city traces its history back to at least the 7th century, when it was an important military centre known as Gaoyao under the Southern Sui dynasty
  • Ricci worked in Zhaoqing for six years, during which he and a fellow Jesuit compiled the very first dictionary between Chinese and a Western language, in this case Portuguese

Topic |   Zhaoqing
Modern Zhaoqing – the largest city in the bay area project but also one of the least developed. Photo: WEIBOModern Zhaoqing – the largest city in the bay area project but also one of the least developed. Photo: WEIBO
Modern Zhaoqing – the largest city in the bay area project but also one of the least developed. Photo: WEIBO
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