The Chinese Room, or China Memorial Room, as it was originally known in the 1930s is an amalgamation of 18th century architecture one might find in the Forbidden City. Ceiling panels show dragons and the pearl of wisdom, and phoenixes fly with the peony (motan) flower.
Several lists exhort guests to aspire to be well educated, moral individuals. One such list is shown in the student chairs, each of which has a character associated with a Confucian trait of an enlightened person. Names in the blue cornices are people from antiquity through the early 20th century and include philosophers and poets.