Guia Lighthouse Blacks Out U.N. authority?

blogguia A Lighthouse Made in China has awakened the sleeping Dragon of Beijing who sent a letter to Macau requesting the Macau government address the public and UNESCO concern over a 443-foot high concrete jungle which may Black Out the view and Light of Guia Lighthouse, which is a U.N. world heritage site.

In October 2006, the Macau government began the construction of a 984-foot long 34-story high residential office complex which is scheduled to be completed in early 2008. The wall of Tall Towers will rise 443-feet from the base of the 299-foot high Mount Guia and may soar 95-feet above the Lighthouse when completed!

Mount Guia Fortress Lighthouse was the first Lighthouse built on the China coast in 1865 and later darkened due to typhoon damage in 1874. The 49-foot high Lighthouse was reactivated on June 29, 1910 and may soon be darkened again by a concrete typhoon and be disqualified as a UNESCO world heritage site.

In 2005, the UNESCO committee recommended “to make every effort to develop a management system in order to retain the existing structural and visual integrity, and to maintain the principal sightlines of the nominated area within its contemporary setting” to the Macau government. Apparently, the original meaning of the UNESCO recommendations was lost in the translation to Chinese Feng Shui since construction of the Tall Tower Wall began a year later!

Guia Lighthouse is another good example of how Lighthouse Feng Shui (used to mean Preservation) results from public pressure on their government(s) to save historic structures vital to building their community and nation. Since August, a Guia Lighthouse Protection Group has been rocking the boat of the Macau government and the United Nations.

Will the Macau government ease local and global (U.N.) concerns? Will our Lighthouse Spiderman hero scale the Tall Towers to find the hidden Lighthouse Treasure? Or will Lighthouse Feng Shui keep this Asian jewel shining bright at night?

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For a Map Location of the Lighthouse, please visit the Google Map of Guia Lighthouse

Related News Source:
South China Morning Post: Beijing acts on Macau lighthouse

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About Debbie Dolphin

Lighthouse author and photographer living in New England

Posted on December 12, 2007, in Preservation News and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Hi Kathy,

    Unfortunately, the only undeveloped land on the tiny (11 square miles) peninsula is at the base of Mount Guia.

    A place to live or save a Lighthouse view must have been a difficult decision to make?

    No doubt, a wise architect should have designed their Living Wall of China with a aesthetic opening to view the Lighthouse! Should be interesting to see how this development unfolds.

    Note: Original Comment was posted by Debbie on December 13, 2007 at 5:19 pm and manually imported today

  2. That is so sad, and it sounds like it is doomed to be dark. Progress really isn’t so great sometimes.

    Note: Original Comment was posted by Kathy on December 13, 2007 at 3:29 pm and manually imported today

  3. Hi Kim,

    I Love your one “wall” insight!
    Your comment made my day!

    I can’t imagine living in a concrete jungle either. What on earth will they build if their population exceeds the space of a 984-feet long by 443-feet high concrete tower?

    Note: Original Comment was posted by Debbie on December 12, 2007 at 10:13 pm and manually imported today

  4. that would be a shame Debbie !!!
    you would think that one “wall” in China would be enough !

    Note: Original Comment was posted by Kim on December 12, 2007 at 9:49 pm and manually imported today

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