Travel Report: Guia Hill Fortress, Macau.
February 2018. While a visit to Monte Fort is a must for anyone touring Macau, you’ll almost certainly be more charmed by the comparatively peaceful experience of Guia Hill in the peninsula’s central east region. An undemanding, winding stone path takes you from street level up to the top in under fifteen minutes.
February 2018. Guia Hill’s main draw is its seventeenth century colonial military fortress, chapel and lighthouse complex, which played a key role in fighting off the infamous Dutch invasion of 1622.
The tiny Guia Hill Fortress Chapel was built by a group of local nuns, while the lighthouse (sadly you can’t enter) was added in 1865. Apparently it was the first western style lighthouse in East Asia!
February 2018. Guia Hill Fortress is the highest point of the Macau Peninsula and indeed the city views are significantly better than those at Monte Fort. In one direction it’s all skyscraping hotels and casinos, in the other the vast expanse of the South China Sea, with the odd TurboJet ferry scurrying to and fro.
February 2018. Don’t miss Guia Hill Fortress’ cool network of military tunnels, which were designed as emergency air raid shelters. Both sections (A & B) won’t take you long to walk through and there are plenty of interesting photographs to stop and look at detailing the fort’s history.
February 2018. Why not take the cable car back down! It’s super cheap (just a couple of Macau/Hong Kong Dollars) and gets you right back into the heart of the old town in about five minutes. Like most of Macau’s best sights, Guia Hill is free to enter and is open daily from 09:00-18:00. The cable cars are usually out of service on Mondays.
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