The Mandarin’s House is also known as Casa da Cheang. It was the residence and family home of Zheng Guanying (1842-1921), who was a theoretician and reformist in the late Qing Dynasty.
The Mandarin’s House is the largest family residential complex still standing in Macau, stretching an area of 4000m2. It was built by Zheng’s father Zheng Wenrui in 1869, and since then was expanded by the Zheng brothers. During that time, the house directly looked out to the Inner Harbor, overseeing hundreds of boats and trading ships coming into Macau. However, during the 50s and 60s, many of the Zheng family went overseas to different places, and the Mandarin’s House was then left behind for rental to individual tenants. At a point of time, there were even more than 300 people living in the house! Due to issues arising from overcrowding and mistreatment to the historical building, the Mandarin House was in poor condition by the 90s. In 2002, the government began major renovations to the property.
The structure is one of the best examples of Western-Chinese fusion of design elements still standing in Macau today.