Saturday, April 21, 2007
Steps (This week's Photo Hunt theme)
As with my previous week's Photo Hunt entry, I can't resist putting up two photos rather than just a solitary one. This time around though, only the first image directly relates to the week's chosen theme: i.e., "Steps". However, if you continue your reading, you'll understand why I figured that it also would be good to include the second photograph into the bargain.
Firstly, here's identifying the steps in the first picture as but a few of the many stone steps which lead up and down leafy Guia Hill. Though it stands at just 94 meters above sea level, this natural point is the highest in Macau (once a Portuguese enclave but, since 1999, a Special Administrative Republic of the People's Republic of China).
Atop Guia Hill sits the 17th century Guia Fortress complex which includes a picturesque lighthouse that was the first modern installation of its kind on the Chinese coast. With much of it being open to the public, this historic monument is one of Macau's major tourist attractions.
On the other hand, the local folks appear to be much more attracted to the jogging tracks and other exercise venues and set-ups on Guia Hill; and I can well imagine that many of them do regularly incorporate a trek up the stone steps in my first photo as part of their "keep fit" regimes.
For those who are less inclined to exert themselves in this manner, however, there's the Guia Cable Car (see the second photograph above) which offers a very short (i.e., 80 seconds!) but scenic ride up to a stop close to the top of the hill. And yes, if you're wondering, on my visit to this locale, I elected to go for the compromise plus medium exertion option of taking the cable car up and then walking down Guia Hill.... ;b