February 2018. There are two nineteenth century historical townhouses in Macau peninsula that are open to the public. This one, located on the quiet Travessa de António da Silva, is the most famous as it was once home to the renowned Chinese reformist Zheng Guanyin. It’s free to enter, just give your nationality at the information counter and head on through the moon entrance arch.
February 2018. Guanyin and his father built this 60 room 400.000 thousand square-meter complex back in 1869. And it was here that he wrote his masterpiece Words of Warning in Times of Prosperity, which greatly influenced the political thinking of Sun-Yat Sen and Chairman Mao.
February 2018. After Guanyin’s death the building was divided up into rented accommodation, with as many as three hundred people living here at one time.
February 2018. By the 1990s the house had fallen into a state of disrepair, with many antiques and relics having been either destroyed or stolen. But then it was taken over by the Macau government and after an extensive restoration period was eventually declared a World Heritage sight in 2005.
February 2018. Don’t forget to say hello to the resident turtles in the outer courtyard! Mandarin’s House is open from 10:00-18:00 daily except Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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