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Timings : 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : Free

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Mandarin’s House, Macau Overview

Tucked in the parish of Sao Lourenco, Mandarin’s House in Macau is the former residence of Zheng Guanying, the legendary Chinese reformist and Qing theoretician, now converted into a museum. Also known as Casa da Cheang, the house covers 4000 square metres, making it one of the biggest family houses in Macau. Housing 60 rooms in total, this architectural marvel is worth a visit.

The construction of the palatial Mandarin’s House was initiated in 1869 by Zheng Wenrui, Guanying’s father. At the time it was built, it overlooked the Inner Harbour, with views of the various ships coming in and out of Macau. It was at this courtyard-style mansion that Zheng Guanying was inspired to write his masterpiece Words of Warning in Times of Prosperity.

The grand structure of Mandarin's House is an epitome of architectural grandeur and beautifully combines eastern and western architectural styles. The Mandarin’s House is also a part of the ‘Historic Centre of Macau’ and a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site.

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Layout of Mandarin's House

  • The 19th-century Chinese style Mandarin's House in Macau with its unique architecture has an old world charm that evokes euphoria and engraves a beautiful frame in mind.
  • The effortless blend of Cantonese and Western detailing add up to its beauty.
  • The exterior looks like any other conventional Chinese mansion while the interior reflects the western architectural style that is an amalgamation of old and new.
  • The complex boasts more than 60 exquisite rooms, a main hall and a large moon gate.
  • Surprisingly, the hall sits on the first floor instead of the ground floor as in traditional Chinese residences.
  • The heritage building is made from grey bricks that perfectly complement the large lattice windows and the sedan way those teleport visitors to the bygone era.
  • The western architectural elements are often visible in its arched ornamentation, false ceilings, window panels and the French windows.
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The inner compound of Mandarin's House in Macau (Source)

History of Mandarin's House in Macau

Mandarin’s House was built in 1869 during the reign of Emperor Tongzhi, the 10th ruler of the Qing Dynasty. Around 1950, the Zheng family left the house and rented the property. There was a time when the mansion accommodated over 300 tenants.

The house got mostly damaged because of a fire and it took around 8 years to renovate it. As a result, many ancient relics were lost or stolen. Eventually, the Macau Government took over the complex in 2001 and preserved it. In 2005, this heritage mansion was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also became a part of the Historic Centre of Macau. It was opened to the general public in 2010.

Design of Mandarin's House, Macau
One part of the large residential complex (Source)

Guided Tours

Guided tours (in Cantonese) take place on weekends for online reservations have to be made

How to Reach Mandarin's House

Walking: Mandarin’s House is located at a walkable distance from Senado Square

Bus: Bus routes 18 and 28B stops near Mandarin’s House

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