• Explore a meticulously restored 19th-century estate
  • Take a free tour led by a Cantonese-speaking guide

Portuguese influence reigns supreme, but there are still remnants of a Chinese architectural past in Macao. Mandarin's House—the sprawling 4,300-square-foot, 19th century estate of Chinese intellectual Zheng Guanying—is one of the older existing traditional Cantonese-style houses from the late Qing dynasty. Restored in 2010, you can now wander through this 60-room manor and admire the classic motifs of Chinese design: circular courtyard entryways, tubular roof tiles, and lucky red window shutters. How’s your Cantonese? If decent, join the free, guided tour offered on weekends for a better understanding of the fusion of Southern Chinese architectural styles with Western elements (make a reservation via the museum’s website).

Mandarin House is a 15-minute taxi ride just across the Sai Van Bridge.

MANDARIN’S HOUSE: 10 Travessa de António da Silva; +853- 2896- 8820; wh.mo/mandarinhouse