Rua da Boa Vista

  The Chinese name of Rua da Boa Vista, "Chok Sat Cheng Kai", comes from an ancient village in the area called Chok Chai Sat Village. Over 400 years ago, about a hundred Chinese families of that village lived in homes built mostly of moso bamboo (Zhu), from which the village derives its name. In late Ming Dynasty, the Portuguese established the Tarares Bocarro’s Foundry in the area, manufacturing bronze and iron cannons and ammunition, which were then sold to countries in Europe and Asia. The Foundry’s solid reputation even attracted orders from the Ming government. Failing at the time to keep up with modern technological advances, the Foundry eventually closed down, and its manufacturing plant was left in ruins. As a result, the Chinese locals moved back to the area.
  At the same time, the then Portuguese administration built a fortress in the area to defend the southeast part of the Macao Peninsula against enemy attacks. As the Chinese residents gradually dispersed, the village also vanished, leaving behind only its name. Due to the quiet and peaceful surroundings of the area, the Portuguese administration built roads and houses there, forming a series of streets named after "Chok Chai Sat", including Rua da Boa Vista.

Rua da Boa Vista