Hong Kong: Societa Dante Alighieri di Hong Kong, 2013. Margot Errante (photographs). First Edition (presumed), First Printing. Hardcover. Used - Fine/As New. Clean, unmarked, tight. Black cloth boards with white lettering to front board and spine. Black and white plates. 15.5 x 23.5 cm. 210 pp. / Fine/As New. Item #13985
Italians were actively involved in the European presence on the China coast in the earliest days of the sixteenth century, almost five hundred years ago. Throughout the intervening five centuries, Italians have made, and continue to make, major contributions to the development of Hong Kong and Macau. Important figures such as Alessandro Valignano, Matteo Ricci and Eugenio Zanoni Volpicelli lived in or passed through Hong Kong and Macau before moving to China or other East Asian countries. They had a significant role in the history of these two cities, which have been, and still are, a meeting place between China and the rest of the world. The Italian legacy remains powerfully evident, including the Ruins of Saint Paul’s Cathedral in Macau - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - and Hong Kong’s education system.