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  1. cheongsamnoun

    A long formal dress-like garment worn by Asian men, the equivalent of a woman's qipao. In Hong Kong, the cheongsam is also worn by women.

  2. Etymology: From 長衫


  1. Cheongsam

    Cheongsam (UK: , US: ), also known as the qipao () and sometimes referred to as the mandarin gown, is a Chinese dress worn by women which takes inspiration from the qizhuang, the ethnic clothing of the Manchu people. The cheongsam is most often seen as a longer, figure-fitting, one piece garment with a standing collar, an asymmetric, left-over-right (youren) opening and two side slits, and embellished with Chinese frog fasteners on the lapel and the collar. It was developed in the 1920s and evolved in shapes and design over years. It was popular in China from the 1920s to 1940s, overlapping the Republican era, and was popularized by Chinese socialites and high society women in Shanghai. It was also one of the national dress of the Republic of China in 1929: 48  and is currently the national dress of China, which symbolizes a generic Chinese national identity rather than a specific ethnic and/or ancestral identity.: 277  Although the cheongsam is sometimes perceived as being a traditional Chinese clothing, the cheongsam continues to evolve with times as it responds to the contemporary modern life.


  1. Cheongsam

    The cheongsam is a body-hugging one-piece Chinese dress for women; the male version is the changshan. It is known in Mandarin Chinese as the qípáo Wade-Giles ch'i-p'ao, and is also known in English as a mandarin gown. The stylish and often tight-fitting cheongsam or qipao that is most often associated with today was created in the 1920s in Shanghai and was made fashionable by socialites and upperclass women.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cheongsam in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cheongsam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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  1. Tony Leung:

    I spent the first few months only learning to hold a needle properly, one can only start making a cheongsam after a year of apprenticeship.

  2. Tony Leung:

    I started out in this business just hoping to make a living, but then I grew to learn the beauty of cheongsam, it's different from ethnic costumes like the kimono and hanbok, as cheongsam has a highly flexible design.

  3. Tony Leung:

    All brides will still don one at their weddings, if Tony Leung look at Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant, a section featuring candidates in cheongsam has been a must.

  4. Osmond Chan:

    We prefer to call it cheongsam -- not qipao, cheongsam means long robe in Cantonese and actually only became a common woman's wear after the May Fourth Movement( 1919), or the New Culture Movement.

  5. Osmond Chan:

    As one Chinese saying goes,' cheongsam is practical enough for the kitchen but presentable for the living room,' the reason it's been able to last for a century is because cheongsam is really beautiful on its wearer.

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