Major scenic spots offer chance to wear stylish hanfu and provide diverse activities to enthusiasts with a sense of style and history, Yang Feiyue reports.
Whenever Meng Ying wears hanfu, she will attract a lot of attention. And she loves it.
“It has never failed to turn heads and some enthusiastic strangers would even come and take pictures with me, especially when I hang out with my friends,” says the 24-yearold Beijing resident.
Hanfu generally refers to clothing of the Han people before the Manchus reigned in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The traditional costume often features a long flowing robe with long loose sleeves and a belt at the waist.
Meng tried on hanfu when she visited the Palace Museum about four years ago, after she spotted the trend catching on in scenic sites across the capital.
“It looked refreshing and carried a sense of ritual－sort of a tribute to history, especially against the right backdrop,” she says.