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“Historic Macau” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Guia Fortress

Guia Fortress
Ranked #10 of 242 things to do in Macau
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Macau, China
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66 reviews
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“Historic Macau”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

The first lighthouse in China with a great view and so many stories. If you are lucky to coincide your visit with weekend tours of the military tunnels then make sure you include on your itinerary. Supposedly the world's shortest cable car ride saves a 10-15min steep walk. Directly opposite the entrance point is Dr Sun YatSen's house (now a small museum) and you are just 5 minute walk from Lou Lim Ieoc Gardens and 10 minutes from the CBD.

Visited September 2013
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“Great Views and a Cable Car”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2014

Guia Fortress is on Guia Hill, which dominates the roadstead below. You can wander around the outer walls, or go inside where along the corridors there's a museum of its history with old photographs, The walls are 400 years old, but the fort was modernized a bit over the years, the most obvious being gun turrets which must date from the late 19th or early 20 centuries (see photo).

The fort complex also contains the Guia Lighthouse, the first one on the China coast (1885). Lighthouses by their nature and function are photogenic in themselves and have great views of the waterways (they have to, since to be effective mariners have to have unobstructed views of them). When I was here, there was a fashion photo-shoot going on, which added a nice element.

The Guia Chapel, inside, dates from 1622 and is quite small, with Roman arches and whitewashed plaster walls. However, there is some interesting original designs, including the Lion of Portugal, and it's well worth a look. (see photo),

If you're walking, you can save the bulk of the climb by using the cable car to get up to near the top of hill. The fare is negligible; the ride is fun, soaring over trees and athetic facilities. The lower cable car station is at the bottom of the hill's northern slope, off Avenida de Sidonio Pais. You'll still have a bit of a walk from the upper station to get to the fort, but nowhere near the hike you'd face from the bottom of the hill.

Another tip: from the lower cable car station you're quite close to the Dr Sun Yat Sen house and Lou Lim Loc Garden. Sun built the house for his wife and children, and they lived there for 40 years; the house is now a museum). From the station head one long block back toward the historic center of town (going underneath a freeway overpass, then turn right on Rua de Antonio Basto. At the first intersection, only about 50 feet away, the Sun Yat Sen house and memorial is across the street on the left corner, and the Chinese garden (now cowering under typical Macanese high-rise residential towers) is straight ahead two more blocks.

Using the cable car, you can walk around the top of the hill, and see the fort, museum and lighthouse, in an hour or two. If you add on the Sun museum and garden, you can see all three in no more than three hours. Add 30 to 60 minutes if you're walking to the base of the hill from the historic center of Macau.

and go inside to the chapel,

Visited April 2014
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hong kong
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“Top of Macau Peninsular”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2014

Right on top of a hill. Once you have climbed your way there you can see most of Peninsular Macau and see why it was a Portuguese outpost. Some great iron cannons.

You will be able to go to a museum there as well.

Visited July 2014
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United States
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“good views”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014

we walked up here on a very hot day; had great views but not a must in my opinion; can't go up the tower and not a lot of explanation of history around.

Visited May 2014
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Leola, Pennsylvania
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“Great view of Macao”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014

Not a lot of tourists here but it will be a mistake not to go here. Very high on the mountains it will be great to take pictures here, plus there's a little church with arts on the wall within the fortress, pretty unique. We love it here and spent over an hour here taking pictures.

Visited June 2014
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