Guia Lighthouse Blacks Out U.N. authority?
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?
For a Map Location of the Lighthouse, please visit the Google Map of Guia Lighthouse
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