The mentioned desk, now kept in the same suite on the 15th floor of Grosvenor House, has been used by Chairman MAO, who stayed twice at Jin Jiang Hotel.
The layout of the suite remains basically unchanged. Through the large living room is a small one, with two armchairs on one side and a French window on the opposite. There is a platform of about 10 square meters outside, which provides a bird’s eye view of the city to the south of the Huai Hai Road.
Further inside the small living room is the Chairman’s study, which is of a surprisingly small size, with a surface of only about 10 square meters. The study can barely hold any other furniture apart from a desk and a chair. The disk is of the most common design, with drawers on both sides. Both the chair and the desk ooze a mellow wine color and the dial telephone once used by Chairman Mao is still kept on the desk.
During the hotel’s renovation in 1994, the study was remained unchanged. We can never know what exactly the Chairman wrote on the desk. What we are certain of is that he held the 7th Plenary Session of 8th Central Committee of CPC China in Jin Jiang Grand Hall when he stayed here in 1959.