Mong Ha Fort

Mong Ha Fort, Macau: Address, Mong Ha Fort Reviews: 4/5

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BradJill
By BradJill
19th-century fort built to deter Chinese invasion into Portuguese Macau
Feb 2020
The most interesting thing to see at the Mong Ha Municipal Park is the old Portuguese Fort which was built as a defensive measure against the growing threat of Chinese invasion of Macau in the mid 19th-century. Construction started in 1849 by governor João Maria Ferreira do Amaral but was stopped that same year after he was assassinated. It then restarted in 1864 and was completed two years later. The fort never saw military action and was mostly used as a barracks for Portuguese soldiers of African origin. It was demilitarised in 1976 when Portuguese troops were withdrawn from Macau. During the 19th-century, the fort was manned with ten artillery cannons that could fire as far as the border gate (Portas do Cerco). You will see a couple cannons just before entering the fort entrance, a couple more are on the rooftop which can accessed to enjoy panoramic views of the northern districts of the Macau Peninsula. The views are pretty good from this location. You can also see the front wall structure of the fort around its entrance. The back side is roped off. Today the fort has been incorporated into the Municipal Park at Mong-ha and has been opened to the public to enjoy as part of the hillside rural leisure and recreation area. It is historically interesting and worth a quick look around if you plan to visit Mong-ha. However, if you are short of time, better to focus instead on Monte Forte which is right in the heart of the Macau World Heritage sightseeing area. It is much larger and more interesting historical fort in Macau.

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BradJill
Hong Kong, China141,660 contributions
Feb 2020
The most interesting thing to see at the Mong Ha Municipal Park is the old Portuguese Fort which was built as a defensive measure against the growing threat of Chinese invasion of Macau in the mid 19th-century.

Construction started in 1849 by governor João Maria Ferreira do Amaral but was stopped that same year after he was assassinated. It then restarted in 1864 and was completed two years later. The fort never saw military action and was mostly used as a barracks for Portuguese soldiers of African origin. It was demilitarised in 1976 when Portuguese troops were withdrawn from Macau.

During the 19th-century, the fort was manned with ten artillery cannons that could fire as far as the border gate (Portas do Cerco). You will see a couple cannons just before entering the fort entrance, a couple more are on the rooftop which can accessed to enjoy panoramic views of the northern districts of the Macau Peninsula. The views are pretty good from this location. You can also see the front wall structure of the fort around its entrance. The back side is roped off.

Today the fort has been incorporated into the Municipal Park at Mong-ha and has been opened to the public to enjoy as part of the hillside rural leisure and recreation area. It is historically interesting and worth a quick look around if you plan to visit Mong-ha. However, if you are short of time, better to focus instead on Monte Forte which is right in the heart of the Macau World Heritage sightseeing area. It is much larger and more interesting historical fort in Macau.
Written March 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jainam M
Mumbai, India624 contributions
Jan 2019
A historically old fort with history pertaining to portugese and chinese conflicts. Built to be a fortress. The walk up side was very long and tiring. We were pretty exhausted.
Written December 30, 2019
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Lets Go To Macau! 🇲🇴
Macau, China2,248 contributions
Mar 2019
A historically important location that is somewhat forgotten in Macau's recent tourism boom is the old Mong Ha Fortress. Built in the 1840s at the start of the Opium Wars, the fort served to discourage Chinese incursion into Portuguese controlled Macau.

The fort was abandoned in the 1960s and is now part of the Mong Ha Municipal Park where visitors find nice elevated viewpoints over the northern part of the Macau Peninsula. There are fort foundations, walls and cannons that decorate the hillside. You'll also find flowerbeds and footpaths for locals to enjoy.

In the end, the Mong Ha Fortress is similar but less interesting to what you'll find at the Guia Municipal Park and Fort as well as Monte Forte in the the World Heritage area. If you are short on time, probably best to visit these two first. Then consider a visit to Mong Ha Fort later on.
Written October 18, 2019
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Chris D
Leiden, The Netherlands445 contributions
Mar 2016 • Solo
This is a lovely short but steep walk if you wish to work up an appetite for another Macau meal, especially if you are staying in the Pousada da Mong Ha. The Fort on the top has an nice view of the lower rise and the high rise. Birds flit between the verdant trees and their are few places to sit and enjoy the view. If you need a jog then a few laps of the steps will keep you fit. There is a fitness circuit too.
Written March 26, 2016
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China141,660 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
The Mong Ha Fortress and hilltop is a quite area of Macau that is now a public space. The hill and old fort is a bit far north for most visitors but we consider it an interesting place to spend time if you have done the rounds of popular attractions and are looking for something new and different to see in Macau.

At Mong Ha hill you can find walkways near the walls of the old Portuguese fort, which was formally abandoned in the 1960s upon agreement between the China and Portugal. Historically, the Portuguese had a fort constructed here after the first Opium War in 1841. Completed in 1866, the fort served the purpose of discouraging Chinese incursion upon Portuguese controlled Macau.

Unfortunately, compared to Monte Forte in the Historic City Centre, there is very little to see of the old Mong Ha fort. Also, views from the walking paths here are less preferred to what you can find at Guia Hill, nearer to the historic city centre. However, they are not bad.

Other interesting things to see at Mong Ha Hill include the large Lin Fung Temple at the northern end of the hill, the Ox Warehouse contemporary art gallery on the western side, just off Avenida do Almirante Lacerda and the popular IFT Educational restaurant found at the top of Mung Ha Hill.
Written April 25, 2014
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