Cheong Fatt Tze (1840 – 1916) was a very successful Chinese businessman in Penang. His widespread ventures – including agriculture, banking and shipping – earned him the nickname Rockefeller of the East. He also became the Chinese Consul in 1890 while Penang was part of the Straits Settlement. In 1897, he commissioned an elaborate homestead. When it was finished in 1904, it became known as the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. Some people call it Blue Mansion because of its unique indigo-blue façade. The estate has 38 rooms and five courtyards. It also adheres to feng shui, the Chinese principals of design to harmonize people with their environment. Today, the mansion contains a restaurant and a boutique hotel. The heritage property is also open for tours.