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Are the lips of tang dynasty makeup suppose to…

Are the lips of tang dynasty makeup suppose to resemble flower petals?

Hi, thanks for the question! (Photos via 当小时)


Tang dynasty makeup, like the rest of Tang culture, was vibrant and glamorous. 

Florid styles of lip makeup were popular – the color of red for lips included red, light red, red with golden powder, pink, etc. Women first put powder onto the lips, and then drew any pattern they liked. During the Tang, many patterns for lip makeup were invented. According to one record, there were 17 patterns in the last 30 years of the dynasty. Below – depictions of Tang lip patterns by 睿汐_Sai:


Out of all the lip patterns, the most popular were the “cherry” lips and “flower petal” lips. Cherry lips refer to lips with the shape and color of a cherry. According to traditional Chinese beauty ideals, a beautiful woman should have a “cherry mouth” that resembles a cherry by being small, cherry-shaped, ruddy, and lustrous. Below – recreations by Chen Yen-hui:


Another famous pattern took the shape of a little flower – “flower petal” lips. To make it, women first made an obvious depression in the middle of the upper lip. Then the upper lip contour took the shape of two petals, and the lower lip another petal. 


There were many more Tang lip patterns, but the above two were the most popular.

Bonus – Here are some lip patterns from other Chinese dynasties (X). From left to right, top to bottom – Han, Wei, Song, Ming, Qing, Qing:


For more references on traditional Chinese lip makeup, please see my makeup tag.

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Hi ! I was wondering if you could help me iden…

Hi ! I was wondering if you could help me identify the various film/tv in your compilation of actresses wearing huadian and mianye. I'm a huge fan of Chinese historical dramas and would like to watch some of them. -Nikita

Hi, thanks for the question! Sure, I can help identify the films/tv series in my compilation from my huadian and mianye post.


Here they are (click titles for links):

1: Zhang Ziyi as Mei in House of Flying Daggers/十面埋伏 (2004 film)

2: Fan Bingbing as Yang Guifei in Lady of the Dynasty/王朝的女人·杨贵妃

 (2015 film)

3 & 8: Fan Bingbing as Wu Zetian in The Empress of China/武媚娘传奇 (2014 TV Series)

4: Tong Liya as Wu Qingcheng

in Beauty World/唐宫美人天下 (2011 TV Series)

5: Zhou Jie as Yang Guifei


Imperial Concubine Yang/杨贵妃

(1992 film) – Note: I haven’t watched this, but from looking at photos the costumes and styling are some of the most gorgeous I’ve ever seen:


6: Qiu Peining as



Journey to the West/西游记 (1986 TV Series)

7: Tong Liya as Beauty Tao

in Dream Back to Tang Dynasty/梦回唐朝 (2013 TV Series) – Note: Her look in this is so pretty!:


9: Tong Liya as Chen Lianxing

in Love Without a Trace/爱无痕 (Upcoming TV Series)

For more on Chinese film/tv, please see my film and drama tags.

Hope this helps, and enjoy!


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Could you please tell me the name of the instrument in the last picture?

The instrument in the last picture is a “Guqin”:

Hi, do you know what the name of the long, wid…

Hi, do you know what the name of the long, wide-sleeved outer robes are called? They look to be very light/sheer. Would you also happen to know where to get them online in the US? Thank you so much!

Hi, thanks for the question!


The long, wide-sleeved outer robes that are light/sheer are a type of traditional Chinese hanfu called Daxiushan/大袖衫 (literally “large-sleeve robe”).

Daxiushan was most popular during the Tang dynasty. As the name indicates, it’s main feature is it’s broad sleeves. Daxiushan is generally made of thin and light material, because it was originally created for wear in the summer. 

For more information, please check out: the section on Daxiushan in my post on the Different Types of Hanfu, the Wikipedia article on Daxiushan, and my Daxiushan tag for additional visual references.


As for where to buy Daxiushan online in the US – currently, I don’t know of any reliable hanfu vendors that have inventory in the US (most if not all hanfu on sites like Ebay/Amazon are counterfeits). The safest bet is to buy from Taobao and have them ship to the US. You can check out my Taobao tag and Where to Buy Hanfu page for more information.


Hope this helps, and good luck! (Images: 1, 2, 3)


replied to your post “I can’t difference between bijia and banbi! Could you help me please?”

it looks like bijia are exclusive to Ming. were the sleeveless dresses in Qing also called bijia by the Han populace?

I’m not familiar with Qing dynasty fashion, so I’m not sure about this question. However, @fouryearsofshades mentions here that during the Qing dynasty, bijia was “still” worn as drama costumes. This implies that the term “bijia” still existed in relation to theatrical outfits, but it was no longer used to refer to regular clothing. 

I can’t difference between bijia and ban…

I can’t difference between bijia and banbi! Could you help me please?

Hi, thanks for the question!

Banbi/半臂 (half-sleeve jacket) and Bijia/比甲 (sleeveless jacket) are both “jackets” of traditional Chinese Hanfu. Both come in various collar types and lengths.

The main difference between Banbi and Bijia is the sleeves (or lack thereof). Banbi has short sleeves of varying lengths, while Bijia has no sleeves (see my detailed description of Bijia here).

Below – comparison of parallel-collar Banbi (top) and round-collar Bijia (bottom):


Now try out this quiz to test yourself: Banbi or Bijia? (Answers are below)


Answers: 1) Bijia, 2) Banbi, 3) Banbi, 4) Bijia


Answers: 5) Banbi, 6) Bijia, 7) Bijia, 8) Banbi

See also my Banbi and Bijia tags for more visual references.

Hope this helps!

Do you have any book recommendations about the…

Do you have any book recommendations about the history of / making of hanfu? Any periods and styles are fine – I just love them and want to learn more! I can read French and English. Thank you so much ^^

Hi, thanks for the question!


While I’m not familiar with French, here are some recommendations for English-language books on the history of / making of hanfu (click for links):

1) Chinese Clothing by Hua Mei – One of the most accessible English-language books on hanfu and Chinese clothing in general; informative and concise. Available to read online.

2) 5,000 years of Chinese Costume – According to nannaia, the book is “an invaluable resource in English (though sadly currently out of print), I would highly recommend this book if you can get your hands on it.”

3) Ancient Hanfu – A gorgeous and comprehensive historical overview of hanfu with many visual references. Available to read online.

4) Chinese Clothing: Costumes, Adornments and Culture

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Hi! I hope you don't mind me asking a que…

Hi! I hope you don't mind me asking a question about Chinese clothing. I'm not Chinese but I freaking love watching Chinese films and C-Drama. One thing I'm very curios about is the Emperor's hanfu during the Tang Dynasty. Is there a specific name for that hanfu? And should it always be in gold? And does the Emperor have a crown?Please keep up the great work, btw! I love reading your posts and I I love learning more about Chinese culture. Please have a great day ahead! 🙂

Hi, thanks for the questions!

The main garments of Chinese emperors (including those of the Tang Dynasty) were the Longpao/龙袍 (dragon robe) and the Mianfu/冕服. Longpao was the everyday dress of emperors (after the Sui Dynasty). Mianfu is what emperors wore on important occasions. I made a post about Mianfu here.

During the Tang dynasty, yellow was considered the superior color for garments, and the court made it official
that no one besides the emperor had the right to wear
yellow. However, the emperor did not always have to wear yellow. He could also wear other colors such as black, red, and purple. Below – Tang Dynasty emperor wearing yellow Longpao:


Yes, Chinese emperors wore crowns called Mianguan/冕冠, to go with Mianfu. You can read more about Mianguan in my post here.

Finally, thank you so much for your encouraging words! I’m so glad that you love reading my posts and find them useful.

Hope you have a great day ahead as well! 😀

If I reblogged every picture I like from your …

If I reblogged every picture I like from your blog, it'd just be an exact copy of your blog (im trying to say I like your blog thanks for existing)

Aww, thank you so much for the kind words!!! Makes me really happy that you like my blog <33

Hi there! Do you think that the Qixiong Ruqun …

Hi there! Do you think that the Qixiong Ruqun is uncomfortable to wear/hard to breathe in since it wraps around the chest area? (I'm asking because I want to try making it but I'm not sure if it will feel too tight)

Hi, thanks for the question!


I answered the same question re: Qixiong Ruqun (Chest-high Ruqun) in this post, and several followers also shared their experiences here, here, and here.

Hope this helps, and good luck! ^^ (Image Via)