National Geographic : 1969 Apr
Macao Clings to the Bamboo Curtain the China clippers. Here too is a memorial to the great-great-uncle of Sir Winston Church ill; naval Capt. H. J. Spencer Churchill died in 1840 off Macao. The cemetery also contains the grave of Robert Morrison, Scottish mis sionary who in the early 1800's founded the Protestant Church in China, compiled an English-Chinese dictionary, and translated the Bible into Chinese. You can trot past the statue of Sun Yat-sen, father of the Chinese Republic, who practiced medicine while living here in exile. Or hurry through the pleasant gardens where elderly Chinese chat in the sun beside Camoes' Grotto -a strange natural shelter of stone under which tradition says Luiz Vaz de Camoes wrote part of his 16th-century epic Os Lusi adas(The Lusitanians).This one-eyed soldier poet was to Portuguese literature what Chau cer was to English and Dante to Italian. Many visitors pause in the Buddhist temple dedicated to A-ma, patroness of seafarers. In the courtyard a junk carved in relief on a granite boulder commemorates the legend of the goddess. Brown-eyed Maria do Carmo Rego told me about it.