Versailles — Peking

“I need everyone’s hair in France to dress His Majesty’s head,” used to say Binet, Louis XIV’s hairdresser. A little exaggerated, but a big hairdo made an impression all the way to China. This is why Emperor Yongzheng put on a justaucorps, cravat and a wig! There was however an important nuance, unlike the French Absolute Monarch, the Son of Heaven had to keep his right ear out to listen to his ministers’ advice.

See also Versailles — Isfahan, Versailles — Marrakesh and Versailles — Warsaw

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