About 1km beyond Fort San Domingo on Zhongzheng Rd is the turn-off for Hobe Fort, built in 1886 when then governor Liu Ming-chuan was attempting to shore up Taiwan’s defences to protect it against foreign invaders. If Fort San Domingo is meant to convey authority, Hobe Fort was built for military action.
This prime heritage spot (it’s suffered almost no reconstruction) has thick earthen walls, massive gates, four batteries and steep steps to its ramparts to deter intruders. While it was used by the Japanese as a base for artillery firing practice, the fort never saw any military action.The admission fee includes entry to Fort San Domingo and the Customs Officer’s Residence.
The Hobe Fort was the first line of defense in Northern Taiwan during the Qing Dynasty. Although the fort was never involved in any battle, there was a battle between China and France in 1884 before the fort was built. The outer walls of the fort used to be the dorm and storage area for the soldiers. Now it is a space that displays the historical archive of the fort’s history along with old photos of Tamsui. Nearby is one of the eight top spots of Tamsui, the Song Tao Martyrs Shrine. Do not miss it when you are here!
[滬尾砲台/Hù wěi pàotái]
-Located in: Northern Taiwan
-County: New Taipei City
-Features: Historical Site
-Highly recommend to: History Buffs, Families
-Opening Hours: 9:30-18:00 (Closed on Mondays, Chinese New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year’s Day)
-Address: No.34, Ln. 6, Sec. 1, Zhongzheng Rd., Tamsui Dist., New Taipei City, Taiwan