"Tangzhuang" (zh-cpl|c=唐裝|p=tángzhuāng|l=Tang clothing [Although the first Chinese character (唐 "Táng") literally refers to the Tang Dynasty, in this case, Tang is a synonym for Chinese similar to the usage of "Tángrénjiē" (唐人街) meaning Chinatown. ( [http://china.org.cn/english/LI-e/26726.htm "Traditional Dresses Welcome Spring Festival"] at China.org.cn Accessed 10 February 2008.)] ) refers to the traditional Chinese clothing that developed between the Yuan dynasty (Mongol) and the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), but is most commonly associated with the latter. It principally consists of the "changshan" for men and the cheongsam ("qipao") for women. Tangzhuang clothing was influenced by the Manchu styles of Qing's rulers and represented a break with earlier "Hanfu" clothing.

China and other areas inhabited by ethnic Chinese, the wearing of "tangzhuang" is experiencing a limited revival. [ [http://china.org.cn/english/2002/Mar/28865.htm "Traditional Chinese Clothing the Rage in Beijing"] at China.org.cn. Accessed 10 February 2008.] [ [http://www1.10thnpc.org.cn/english/2002/Feb/26697.htm "Festival Dressed in Tradition"] at China.org.cn. Accessed 10 February 2008.] At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Shanghai, China in November 2001, the host presented its silk-embroided "tangzhuang" jackets as the Chinese traditional national costume. This triggered debate among Chinese, many of whom seriously questioned the legitimacy of the "tangzhuang" as their national costume because it originated from non-ethnic Chinese Manchu clothing practices enforced by the Qing Dynasty Queue Orders.

ee also

*Chinese clothing
*Mandarin collar
*kurta pajama and shalwar kameez (Indian clothing which also developed from Central Asia)


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