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Jardim de Vasco da Gama 華士古達嘉馬花園-華士古達嘉馬上半身銅像

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澳葡政府為了紀念葡萄牙航海家華士古達伽馬(葡萄牙語:Vasco da Gama)發現通向印度航海新路線400週年[1],由葡萄牙工程師鴉寮努尼士在「花士古打監麻新路(葡萄牙語:Avenida Vasco da Gama)」之地段間設計一個花園;花園在1898年建成啟用,並命名為華士古達嘉馬花園[2];當時民間俗稱為新花園。由於佔地較大,全長500米,闊65米,兩旁均植有假菩提樹;花園音樂台,以作為樂隊演奏用途。現時華士古達嘉馬花園的正中央[4]豎立了一座由雕刻家高士達(葡萄牙語:Tomás da Costa)創作以紀念華士古達伽馬的方尖形紀念碑,於1911年1月31日(紀念華士古達嘉馬到達印度400週年[5])揭幕。紀念碑底座為石級,紀念碑前後東各有兩支古炮;紀念碑正面上有一塊白色大理石浮雕,浮雕是根據葡萄牙著名詩人賈梅士(葡萄牙語:Luís Vaz de Camões)所著的著名史詩《葡國魂》中的一段神話而刻劃,以讚揚達華士古達伽馬的航海冒險精神。紀念碑中間前後均有一個銅製指南針等航海用具。紀念碑上面為華士古達嘉馬的上半身銅像。花園於1997年被重整時,把底座改建為六角形梯級式噴水池。2005年修葺時把紀念碑臨時性地搬離花園,待完成修葺後重新完整地豎立原處。

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Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.

Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?

China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.

Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.
Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.

I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.

The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.

China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.

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