Across various regions of China, Hanfu fever is on the rise

Across various regions of China, Hanfu fever is on the rise After the Jingzhe solar term has just passed, with all things showing vigorous vitality, in a Hanfu studio in Helan County, Yinchuan City, Ningxia, a warm spring atmosphere permeates the air. Recently, amid the ancient melodies of the Qin and the lingering aroma of tea, Hanfu enthusiasts, dressed in wide-sleeved long skirts and adorned with pearl hairpins, gather together to enjoy tea, chat, and relax, immersing themselves in the springtime. 27-year-old Ma Yuying, dressed in a simple and elegant blue and white chiffon gown with her long hair lightly tied up and adorned with hairpins, exudes a classical charm as her garments billow gently. "Wearing Hanfu feels very ethereal and beautiful. It's even more stunning when everyone dresses up together, as if we've traveled through time," says Ma Yuying. As a quintessential traditional Chinese attire, Hanfu embodies outstanding craftsmanship and aesthetics in dyeing, weaving, and embroidery. In recent years, the trend of Hanfu, representing Chinese style and culture, has become increasingly popular among young people nationwide. As the temperature warms up, Hanfu enthusiasts meticulously dress up and venture into parks and teahouses, taking photos and enjoying leisurely weekends and the warmth of spring. Guo Jianan, a Hanfu enthusiast, joined the Hanfu club during her college years. This post-1995 generation young lady gradually fell in love with Hanfu and has since collected more than 40 pieces, spanning different historical periods and seasons. "The grandeur and brilliance of the Tang Dynasty, the simplicity and subtlety of the Song Dynasty, the elegance and dignity of the Ming Dynasty—each dynasty's Hanfu has its unique aesthetics and style," she says, emphasizing that Hanfu is an integral part of traditional culture, and the more one understands, the more fascinated they become. Today, Guo Jianan has become a "Hanfu ambassador" among her friends and acquaintances. While studying abroad in the UK, she meticulously prepared exhibitions and invited international friends to try on Hanfu. After graduation, she self-studied makeup and clothing design, and her love for Hanfu only grew stronger. Last New Year's Eve, she organized a Hanfu fashion show at her company, encouraging colleagues to try something new and showcase their feminine charm. "Last time, I was too busy admiring from the audience; this time, I get to participate," says 46-year-old Kong Wenfan. She admires the ancient costumes in movies and TV dramas but never tried them herself due to conservatism. After dressing up, she realized that everyone can be their own star. Post-1990s Guo Yanan, influenced by Guo Jianan, also developed a love for Hanfu. Earlier this year, the family dressed in Hanfu and performed ancient rituals to celebrate their daughter's first birthday with a Chinese-style banquet. "Due to snow, the Hanfu we ordered online for the baby was delayed. The short jacket and horse-face skirt were handmade by me and my family, which is very meaningful," says Guo Yanan, emphasizing that Hanfu is inclusive of all body types and accentuates cultural heritage, surpassing mere appearances. Luoxianyun, the owner of the Hanfu studio, is also passionate about tea culture and Hanfu culture. Seeing the market potential in traditional culture, she combined the two and opened this Hanfu studio. Although it just opened at the beginning of the year, many enthusiasts have already flocked in. "I hope that people who love tea will fall in love with Hanfu, and those who love Hanfu will fall in love with tea, thus better inheriting traditional culture. This is also the original intention of my business," she says.