Beijing Swag

On June 12, 2012, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Shopping, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Being from the central United States, my original perception of fashion of Beijing was nonexistent, but if you ever decide to travel to Beijing, some basic understanding of what people like to wear here might be helpful! After stepping off of my China flight in my yoga pants and oversized t-shirt, the difference between what […]

Being from the central United States, my original perception of fashion of Beijing was nonexistent, but if you ever decide to travel to Beijing, some basic understanding of what people like to wear here might be helpful! After stepping off of my China flight in my yoga pants and oversized t-shirt, the difference between what I was wearing and what local people were wearing was immediately evident. Not only did I feel as though I stuck out with my blonde hair and blue eyes, but I was immensely under-dressed. Beijing has made its way to being a fashion forward country with a lot of western influence.

Beijing fashion can easily be explored just by going out in the city. One thing I have really taken in when I am out and about is how pretty I find all of women’s dresses to be. I take the subway on a daily basis and every day the clothes I see women wearing never cease to amaze me. Every day I see a new dress that I just adore and wish I owned. I feel as though the women enjoy wearing longer dresses and skirts. I have also seen a plethora of women wearing skirts or dresses that are shorter in the front and longer in the back. Not only do these women dress to impress, but they accessorize beautifully as well with taller heels never amiss. Beijing fashion mirrors that of the United States, but almost in a more upscale manner.

Although westernized style clothing fit in more often than not, there are several differences I have picked up on since being in Beijing. If you’re ever in New York City or any other big city for that matter there is almost always one person who seems to dress rebelliously or who seems to stick out more so than most. Since being in China, I have not noticed anyone dressing in that nature. The only aspect of their clothing that seems to be different than me is how more than half of the women you see in the streets are wearing heels and not just little kitten heels, but very tall, swanky heels. I wish I had the stamina that these women possess to walk around such a vast city in such tall shoes! Not only do they almost always wear heels, but I rarely see someone dressed casually. Needless to say my Nike running shorts would not fit in very well.

If you ever find yourself on a China flight, there are several things you should definitely consider packing. Firstly, a good pair of comfortable heels is a must-have and secondly, dresses and skirts; especially those that are shorter in the front and longer in the back. Everyone dresses to impress here and as a visitor, I have found that I am more often underdressed than not. The fact that the women clearly put a lot of consideration into what they are wearing and how they are perceived further demonstrates how much wealth is present in the city of Beijing. Travel to Beijing and come see these fashion trends for yourself!

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Traditional Chinese Clothing

On July 20, 2011, in Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

Images of flowing silk, immaculately braided hair, and bound feet… where do they come from? None other than dynastical China! Fashion in China has grown in innumerable ways throughout the centuries, each dynasty heralding the arrival of a different style in order to cut ties with its predecessor. Don’t wait another day! Fly with Air […]

Classic Hanfu


Images of flowing silk, immaculately braided hair, and bound feet… where do they come from? None other than dynastical China! Fashion in China has grown in innumerable ways throughout the centuries, each dynasty heralding the arrival of a different style in order to cut ties with its predecessor. Don’t wait another day! Fly with Air China and find a local, traditional hutong-style hotel to stay in via China Hotels to take a step back in time and learn more Chinese fashion in an authentic setting.

Classic Hanfu

In the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC – 1000 BC), the hanfu consisted of a simple, gender-neutral tunic and sash. The following Western Zhou Dynasty established a precedent of using clothing as a status marker in strict hierarchical society. Those of higher class would wear hanfu of different skirt length, sleeve width, and degree of ornamentation. In addition to the garments, hats and hairpieces could be worn by men and women. Commoners wore a cap different from that worn by the privileged, which was different still from that worn by officials and academics. White socks and black cloth shoes were the norm.

Qipao

Over time, hanfu clothing evolved to consist of at least two or three layers in different colors. Styles for men and women began to diverge with women’s clothing accentuating the body’s natural curves. Different dynasties introduced new trends, such as decoration with floral patterns and use of metal buttons.

Manchu Qing

Silk robes were the historical dress of the Han Chinese people for thousands of years until conquest by the Manchus in 1644 and the establishment of the Qing Dynasty. At this time, a new style called tangzhuang was introduced. This included the changshan worn by men and the iconic qipao for women.

Queue

Furthermore, the Manchu hairstyle known as the “queue” was forcefully introduced to the Han Chinese as a symbol of submission to Qing rule. The Qing slogan was: “Keep your hair and lose your head, or keep your head and cut your hair.” Resistance to the queue was bloody. It was not until the early 1910s, after the overthrow of the Qing dynasty and establishment of the Republic, that the Chinese no longer had to wear it.

Modern Day

Today, Han Chinese clothing is only worn as part of festivals, rite of passage ceremonies, historical reenactment (common in hotels and restaurants frequented by foreigners), or hobby. There exists a hanfu subculture, a movement created to reintroduce traditional hanfu styles that were banned by the Manchu Qing Dynasty.

Chinese clothing styles have changed incredibly over the centuries. What are you waiting for? Come to China with China Travels and learn more about this astounding evolution for yourself!

 

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Fashion in Beijing

On July 6, 2011, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, Shopping, by Jack Li

Emerging from years of isolation China has opened its barriers to the world, as can be seen in the multiple service providers encouraging travel and tourism in China (Air China, and China Tours) just to name a few! WIth this, in little time has risen as a key player in the World Economy, proving to be […]

Emerging from years of isolation China has opened its barriers to the world, as can be seen in the multiple service providers encouraging travel and tourism in China (Air China, and China Tours) just to name a few! WIth this, in little time has risen as a key player in the World Economy, proving to be a force not to be reckoned with. As can be seen with the establishment of tourist friendly China Tours.  Now it is  time for China to materialize into the ‘fifth’ fashion capital in the world.

China’s Fashion Week

At this year’s China’s Fashion Week, with rival Fashion Capitals such as New York and Paris absent, Chinese designers of both traditional and modern Chinese attire were able to shine in a showcase of their talent. Including designs from Tsai Meiyn, Donoratiro, Lea Seong, Cabeen and
Gioia Pan just to name a few. Upon your arrival in China, the Chinese Fashion Week should be at the top of your to do list.

China’s Markets

After being inspired by the fashion shows, or the fashionable attire of the younger generation when simply exploring Beijing, you are sure to feel motivated to create your own designs and do your own personal styling. The markets and shopping centres of Beijing will cater perfectly for this; markets include: Beijing Zoo Clothing Market, Daliushu Guanxi Market, Silk Market, Ya Xiu, Xidan Beidajie and Yandai Xieji.

If you enjoy the flashy designers of the West such as Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs you will be delighted with what these Markets have to offer here in Beijing. You will be able to find your favourite designers at 1/100 of the price, whilst putting into practice your bargaining skills. The markets provide an excitable and fascinating experience for both those living in China and those visiting China.

However if  bargaining isn’t your thing and you would much prefer to dig deep and search for valuables then the Dalishu Guanxin Market may be more suitable. Whilst the silk market may charge 300 to 90 RMB you will find even more unbelievable bargains at the Daliushu Guanxin Market with converse trainers priced between 20-30RMB.

Shopping Malls

Alternatively Beijing also boasts several luxury shopping Malls, one of which (Oriental Plaza) being one the largest shopping malls in Asia. So if the markets are not your scene and you are seeking a more luxurious shopping experience, or are simply interested to see how the other half live, be sure to visit one of Beijing’s luxurious malls. These malls include Shin King Place, Seasons Place, Xidan Joy City and Youyi Shopping City.

Beijing has something to offer for all of the family, whilst the parents and grandparents are off, on a tour of China, you are promised a truly cultural, exciting, and unique shopping experience
in Beijing. So if you hold great interest in fashion, shopping or simply enjoy bargain hunting Beijing is the city for you. With Beijing on the constant rise now is the time to visit with increasingly cheap flights and endless deals on hotels with China Hotels, why wouldn’t you visit?

 

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Shanghai

On November 19, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Places of Interest, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Shanghai is one of the most hippest coolest places in China, its very different to all of the other cities even the capital. After forty years of being an unknown and isolated the city recently it has had a new lease of life. It is now dubbed the Paris of the Eastern world with so many […]

Shanghai is one of the most hippest coolest places in China, its very different to all of the other cities even the capital. After forty years of being an unknown and isolated the city recently it has had a new lease of life. It is now dubbed the Paris of the Eastern world with so many interesting buildings and mesmerizing architecture.  It has undergone the fastest economic expansion the world had ever seen it has really become a hot spot for business men and women round the world.

River promenade

The city itself is lying on the banks of the Hunangpu River at the mouth of the great Yangtze river, it is in fact the largest city in China and has a population of 17 million people.There is so much to see and do in Shanghai I would recommend going for at least 5 days, this will ensure you get a real taste of what the city has to offer. Shaghai has three main area’s the Old city, the French concession and the Huangpu’s east bank.

Old City

The Old city is split into three further sections south ,west and the north. The south  is very traditional chinese with many little alleyways,markets and temples it does seem more western than most other chinese towns but compared to the rest of Shanghai it has more of a chinese feel. The old city is also home to the Yu Gardens which is the first of it’s kind in Shanghai. The West however is known as the British and American Concessions this district is known as the business area with many large skyscrapers and offices. The north is where The Bund is situated which is the most popular area because there is so much to see it houses Armani’s flagship stores in China, has many ver exclusives restaurants, and spa and art gallery and  of course the very famous Fairmount Peace Hotel.  To fully explore the Bund I was suggest spending a full day there as its so big but if you are on a tight schedule here are four must see’s

  • Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank
  • Customs House
  • Views of Pudong
  • River promenade

The Bund

Another must see is the old racecourse which is reaped in history, in the early 20th century this is where the rich and this famous elite would come and spend there time it use to be one of China’s most famous corporations. It even has it’s own swimming pool and cricket path.

If this account has inspired you to want to travel Beijing but don’t know where to start for some great low cost travel idea’s go to China Tours. Or if you need advice on hotels go to China Hotels.

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