Chen Ci-hong Mansion
This huge mansion was completed in 1939 was built by the family of
renowned Teochew merchant Cheng Ci-hong (pictured left).
The 651-roomed mansion begun its construction in 1922, one year after
the passing away of the tycoon who accumulated his massive wealth from
rice processing business in Thailand.
The mammoth task of design and coordinating construction of the mansion
was handled by Cheng's daughter-in-law, Li Yan-zhi.
During the Cultural Revolution, the mansion was used as a detention
centre, it was until 1999 the Chinese government returned the mansion
back the Cheng family.
Currently, the maintaining and the preservation of the premises is under
the Cheng family, with income derive from the admission charges and the
rental collection from these petty traders.
Consider it a sort of homecoming for me, as this inland city of
Guangdong province was where my paternal grandparents came from before
they decided to relocate the family to Johor, until they decided to call
Singapore home when my late father turned ten-year-old.