Mandarin’s House 鄭家大屋
Mandarin’s House is a residential complex found Macau. It was once the residence and family home of theoretician and reformist of the Qing Dynasty’s Zheng Guanying (1842 – 1921). He completed his masterwork Shengshi Weiyan (Words of Warning in Times of Prosperity) in this house. The property occupies a 4000 square meter area, making it one of the largest family homes in Macau.
The House was built in 1869 during the eighth year of the reign of Emperor Tongzhi by Zheng Guanyin’s father Zheng Wenrui. Zheng Guanying and his brothers built additions to the complex since it’s initial construction thus giving it it’s substantial size. It was built mostly in a Cantonese style but has notable features of western architectural elements.
Between the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Zheng family moved out of the house gradually and began renting out the property. There was once more than 300 tenants living within the complex resulting in rather squalid living conditions.
In 2001 the complex was overtaken by the government. The house was listed as a part of the Historic Center of Macau in 2005.
Address: No 10, Travessa de António da Silva, Macau
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (No admission after 5.30 p.m., closed on Wednesdays, except public holidays)
Guided tours (in Cantonese) are offered at a fixed schedule on Saturdays and Sundays and online reservation is required
Bus routes nearby:18, 28B
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