Timings : 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Last entry: 5:30 PM
Closed on Wednesday and Thursday
Time Required : 1-2 hrs
Entry Fee : Free
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.
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.
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