China's entry  was a  reproduction of  29 year-old Prince Pu Lun's summer palace. 

The framework was constructed by American craftsmen, but the delicate carving of the ornamental finish which included ebony and ivory, was fashioned by the skilled hands of Chinese artisans. The  building stood on Administration Avenue,  between the Belgian and British buildings. The  pavilion included four buildings surrounded partially by a  stone wall. A pagoda, rose garden  and goldfish pool was housed inside a center courtyard.   The pagoda   attracted attention because of its varicolored and odd-shaped decorations.

This was the first Exposition that China had officially
participated in.

Inside, the woodwork- all created by hand,-  6,000 pieces
in all; showed some fine examples of scroll sawing, wood
carving, pyrography* and inlaying with ebony and ivory.

























Predominate colors include:  scarlet, gold, ebony and blue.  The pavilion contained some handsome Chinese furniture and porcelains.

The building cost more than  40,000 dollars, though the  NY Times had  quoted its  cost  at  135,0000 dollars.

Prince Pu Lun  was the country's official commissioner for  the Fair and lived inside the China pavilion during the Fair's  length. His bed was created from ebony and  mother-of-pearl.

On May 6, Pu Lun held a reception  at the Washington Hotel  to more than 1.400 guests to mark the Chinese dedication day to the Fair. 

After the Fair's closing,  on December 29th, Wong Kai  Kah,  the Imperial Vice Commissioner General  from China  to  the World's Fair,   gave the entire pavilion to 
Fair President David R.  Francis.


*  Pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. The word  means "writing with fire" and is the traditional art of using a heated tip or wire to burn or scorch designs onto natural materials such as wood or leather.
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Pu Lun, China's  official commissioner
The Chinese Government Building,was  pagoda style, with Chinese characters on dark, central pillars. There was an octagonal gazebo wing to the left, and a flag on a flagpole in front of the building.
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