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Naozhou Crystal Lighthouse

Updated Beijing Time















Naozhou crystal lighthouse, built by French colonialists, is famous for the 139 pieces of crystal which make up its lamp. It is the only surviving lighthouse in the world still in use with this kind of glass.

This lighthouse is situated on the southeastern corner of Naozhou Island, the only volcanic island in Guangdong Province. It is 40 kilometers away from the city of Zhanjiang. In 1898, French solders took possession of this area and later decided to demolish the original stone tower on Ma’an Mountain and build a modern lighthouse instead. Construction started in 1899 and was completed in 1904. Constructed with finely cut volcanic stones, it offers a beautiful panoramic view of the coastline. The most unique feature is a pair of 1.2-meter diameter crystal mirrors with the lamp between them. These mirrors are formed by 139 small pieces of crystal made in France. The only other similar lighthouse was on the Cape of Good Hope but today it has ceased to operate. As France has stopped producing this glass, Naozhou Lighthouse will remain the only crystal mirror lighthouse in the world still in use.

To avoid damaging this precious foreign relic, only lighthouse personnel and researchers are allowed into the building. However, the view from the top of Ma’an Mountain, the highest point of the island, is definitely worth the journey. Of course, as always in China, nearby you’ll find plenty of seafood restaurants to justify the outing.

(By Estella Wang and David Keyton)

Source: Lifeofguangzhou.com

Editor: Shanna Chu

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