Since Russian czar Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg 300 years ago, it has become not only Europe’s window to Russia, but also a place where Russians have been translating their curiosity of the world on their own turf. A walk into the China Room of the Ekaterina Plaza, with its chief architect Maria Rjadova, led to the discovery of how China was perceived by Russians in the past and how these images impact how we think today. One would also wonder how and why these images of one another exist. Olga Taratynova, director of the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve, tried her best to find answers to these questions.
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