Chinese people were wearing silk while other people were still dressing in animal skins.
Clothing in China not only evolve over time; it often transformed dramatically following dynastic changes or the imperial decree of a new ruler. In ancient feudal society, people's rank and position could easily be distinguished from their daily dress, especially for the ordinary people and the upper-class.
Among the upper dominating classes, only the Emperor was assigned the colour yellow and the dragon emblem on traditional Chinese imperial dress as an exclusive affirmation of their power.
There is no "typical" Chinese costume, although today, if any style of clothing epitomises "Chineseness", it would be the Cheongsam, or Qipao, which evolved from ancient clothing of the Manchu ethnic minority. Cheongsam is Popular because it fits the Chinese female figure well, and has simple lines and looks elegant; it is suitable for wearing in all seasons by young or old and can either be long or short. It is recognised around the world and has inspired many foreign adaptations because of its simple yet exotic lines. It is popularly worn in North China as the wedding dress, traditionally in red. Cheongsam is usually embroidered with elaborate gold and silver designs. Brides in southern China wear Qipao or a two-piece dress name Qungua or Kwa, which is also elaborately adorned with a gold dragon and phoenix pattern.
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Beijing, Dengfeng, Luoyang, Xian, Shanghai
Beijing, Xian, Shanghai
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