Guia Fortress and Lighthouse Macao : An Elusive Fortress Found!

Guia Fortress was one of the landmarks that we told ourselves “WE MUST VISIT!”. On our last day in Macao, it proved to be elusive. The paths and walkways that kept pointing us to Guia Fortress, seemingly never ends! Eventhough the Guia Lighthouse was in sight, it seemed miles away…at some point, we almost gave up…


In search of the elusive Guia Fortress

The Guia Fortress together with Mount Fortress was instrumental in the defence of Macao against the Dutch invasion in 1622. The Guia Chapel was built in 1622 while the Guia Lighthouse was only erected in 1865.

So here begins our “treacherous” journey in search of the elusive Guia Fortress…

 Up the steep slopes of Guia Hill
Up the steep slopes of Guia Hill

Guia Hill was where it all started. We slept in late that morning and began our climb up the hills of Guia. CAN YOU SEE HOW STEEP THIS SLOPE IS?!

Soon we came to another sign…seemed harmless. Guiding us in the right direction…

 Yet another sign pointing to Guia Lighthouse
Yet another sign pointing to Guia Lighthouse

By the time we reached this sign, we had already circled the Guia park for quite a while. At this point, we almost gave up. Especially when we saw the next slope…

Slope to Guia Lighthouse as pointed by the directional sign above
Slope to Guia Lighthouse as pointed by the directional sign above

Wah lao eh! More slope?!

But Kate was very determined. Not sure what had gotten into her that morning. So we continued to conquer the slopes. One after another. Then it came…the first sight of Guia Fortress!


Conquering Guia Fortress

 Bomb raid shelter and walls of the Guia Fortress
Bomb raid shelter and walls of the Guia Fortress

 Description of Guia Fortress - Instrumental in defeating the Dutch in 1622
Description of Guia Fortress – Instrumental in defeating the Dutch in 1622

Again, at this point we thought that since we have arrived at Guia Fortress, we can finally turn back. But the other side of us told us to persevere on to Guia Lighthouse – which we did!


Arriving at Guia Lighthouse

 Guia Lighthouse and Guia Chapel
Guia Lighthouse and Guia Chapel

 Guia Lighthouse and Canon
Guia Lighthouse and Canon

 Signals hoisted at the Guia lighthouse to inform seafarers of wind direction and speed
Signals hoisted at the Guia lighthouse to inform seafarers of wind direction and speed

All was not that terrible. Along the way, we managed to catch great views over the city and also saw this intricately groomed bush (ala Edward Scissor Hands)

 Bridge connecting to Macau City
Bridge connecting to Macau City

 View of the church and cementary from Guia Fortress
View of the church and cementary from Guia Fortress

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Can you spot something interesting along this path?

Guia Fortress and Lighthouse Macao
Guia Fortress and Lighthouse Macao

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Well, the moral of the story is this…to see Guia Lighthouse and Fortress, you must conquer the slopes along the way!

Ok, the true moral is that there are many challenges in life, but let’s persevere and look forward to reaching our “Guia Lighthouse” yah? Remember to take in the sights and sounds (like the views along the way) and enjoy each moment!

Happy travels everyone!

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Hong Kong Trip : Day 1
Hong Kong Trip Day 2 : The Attractions of Tsuen Wan
Hong Kong Trip Day 3 : Ocean Park and New Year’s Eve Countdown
Hong Kong Trip Day 4 – Side Trip to Macau
Hong Kong Trip Day 5 – Continuing Our Travels in Macao
Hong Kong Trip Day 6 – Rounding up Macao and Returning to HK
Day 7 Hong Kong Trip : Side Trip to Shen Zhen & Debunking Recommendations
Day 8 Hong Kong Trip : What we did in Central 中環 Hong Kong
Day 9 Hong Kong Trip : A Surprise Find at Lian Xiang Ju Dim Sum Restaurant

Hotels and Hostels We Stayed in Hong Kong

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Ibis Hotel Hong Kong Central & Sheung Wan : For the Best Views of Victoria Harbour
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Food and Dining in Hong Kong

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Mak Mun Kee 麦文记 Noodles Shop : Best Wanton and Beef Noodles in Hong Kong
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Lan Fong Yuen Hong Kong : For a taste of traditional milk tea since 1952
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Debunking Recommendations of DiscoverHongKong.com : What NOT to eat in Hong Kong

Attractions in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Central Mid Level Escalator : Longest Escalator Walkway System in the World
Avenue of Stars 星光大道 : Hong Kong’s Hollywood Walk of Fame
Ocean Park Hong Kong : Still worth a visit?
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Hotels We Stayed in Macau

Hotel Royal Macau : Luxury at a Central Location
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Attractions in Macau

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Macao Maritime Museum : Great Price Good Exhibits
Historic Centre of Macao : Ruins of Saint Paul’s, Mount Fortress & More
Cotai Strip Macau : Games, Shows, Food and Entertainment
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