The Soong Sisters 宋氏三姐妹

Introduction: The Soong Sisters(Traditional Chinese: 宋家姐妹 or 宋氏三姐妹) are three Hakka women who are, along with their husbands, amongst China's most significant political figures of the early 20th century. They each played an important role in influencing their husbands, which, along with their own positions and power, ultimately changed the course of Chinese history.

Story: Whenever receiving foreign guests or attending public places, Soong Ching-ling always endeavors in dressing up. She wants to show the most beautiful side to people. It should be said that all foreign guests she received have a favorable impression on her. She ever said that the good impression she receives from others is more to her country than to herself. She loves her country much better than herself.

Eileen Chang 张爱玲

Introduction: On Sept.30th 1920, Eileen Chang was born in an imitated western-style mansion on No.313,Maigen Rd which was founded in late Qing dynasty. Eileen’s family was eminent at that time with her grandfather Chang Pei-lun as a famous minister in late Qing dynasty and her grandmother Li Ju-ou as court minister Li Hung-Chang’s eldest daughter. Eileen Chang is an author famous for book The First Incense Burnt and The Second Incense Burnt. And then her works Red Rose & White Rose, Love in a Fallen City and The Golden Cangue lay the significant foundation for her in modern Chinese literature.

Story: Shanghai, the east wonderland for adventurers gives a deep impression on Eileen. She loves Shanghai so much that calls herself “absolutely Shanghailander”. Her works suit both refined and popular tastes and blend of traditional and modern in a body, which are quite legendary. She gets many fans ranging from readers to writers (particularly female writers). Those who imitate Eileen’s writing style yet cannot surpass her.

Daisy Guo 郭婉莹

Introduction: Daisy Guo is the fourth child in her family that operated Yong-an Department Store in old Shanghai. She once lived an extravagant life and had everything. However, her everything gone with the wind as time changed. She has experienced bereaving of her spouse, labor camp and so on but she did not grudge against those, she was still beautiful, elegant and optimistic till the end of her life.

Story: Daisy Guo is regarded as “the last noble woman in Shanghai”. She chooses to stay at Shanghai after many sufferings happened on her. She said:” If I choose to leave Shanghai to America with my family, I was going to live the same life like before and I would not know I could be so brave to face anything.” In her twilight years, she did not gossip with other old ladies and still paid attention to her beauty. Until the last day of her life, she was still elegant, beautiful, that was which she would never desert until death.

Xi Yushi 席与时

Introduction: Xi Yushi is a socialite born in 1930 in Shanghai Xi’s Garden. The famous financier in modern China Xi De was her father. She ranks the sixth at home, a pair of big eyes on her baby face always revealing tenderness and compassion.

Story: When she was in private school, she had mercy on the little beggars so that she set up an aim to be a blind child teacher. When she grew up, she went to study in United States, she still remember that pathetic blind children in Shanghai and then she choose to majored in sociology, minor in psychology. During the time in America, her dream came true. She devoted herself passionately to blind children’s education, in result her actions got well received from American sociality and schools.

Zhou Xuan 周璇

Introduction: Zhou Xuan (August 1, 1918 - September 22, 1957) was a popular Chinese singer and film actress. By the 1940s, she had become one of the “Top Seven Great Singing Stars”. She is probably the most well-known of the seven, as she had a concurrent movie career until 1953.

Story: Zhou was born Su Pu (蘇璞), but was separated from her natural parents at a young age and raised by adoptive parents. She spent her entire life searching for her biological parents but her parentage was never established until after her death. Zhou Wei, son of Zhou Xuan once went to Changzhou, Jiangsu province for Kin-Search, the result was confirmed that Zhou Xuan was the famous poet Su Shi’s offspring.

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Eileen Chang and her cheongsams

When walking in the Shanghai streets, Eileen Chang likes wearing bright-colored clothes with a typical western hairstyle. She likes to display her odd clothes to people and design cheongsam by herself. In her twilight years, she settled down in United States, she always wore cheongsam to attend various occasions, it was said that the last clothes she wore before death was a hector red cheongsam with worn-out collar.

Gu Lanjun and her cheongsams

Movie star Gu Lanjun is bold in innovating cheongsam that slit at the sides from the thigh down, and at the same time she opened half feet long big slit in the cuff of the cheongsam. This kind of "Gu Lanjun type" cheongsam immediately imitated by many Shanghai women.

Hu Die and her cheongsams

Hu Die does some brainstorm in innovating short cheongsams. She added butterfly fold cloak of three or four inches to the hem and robe of the short cheongsams. In addition, she shortened the cheongsam to the knee, the sleeves were also shortened to elbow, thus, the calf and forearm will be exposed. Because "butterfly" and "Hu Die" homophonic, people call it "Hu Die cheongsam".

The Five Most Famous Cheongsam Shops in Shanghai

Cheongsam shops are the leading role in the Changle road, Shanghai, each cheongsam shop in the whole street has it’s own characteristics. Every cheongsam shop here has a long history, which contains the unique Shanghai flavor that are hard to tell to others.

Manloulan Cheongsam Store 蔓楼兰旗袍店

Feature:Suzhou embroidery
Address: No.243, Changle Road; No.70, South Maoming Road

Ligulong Cheongsam Store 丽古龙旗袍店

Feature:Shanghai's old-fashioned cheongsams
Address: No.205, Changle Road

Hanyi Cheongsam Store 瀚艺旗袍店

Feature:Embroider cheongsams
Address: No.217\No.221,Changle Road

Old Shanghai Cheongsam Store 老上海旗袍店

Feature:Cheongsams in fasion
Address: No.201, Changle Road, Luwan district

Xin-ni Cheongsam Store 辛妮旗袍店

Feature:Hand-painted colorful cheongsam
Address: No.231-233, Changle Road

  • 1989, Shanghai Vive was born.

  • 1903, Shanghai Vive landing Shanghai and established Shanghai stores in Tangshan Road

  • 1910, Shanghai Vive moved to No.475, Nanjing Road, occupied the most high-end fashion and bustling landmark in Shanghai.

  • 1915, the tender pink cream won the panama expo gold medal prize, Paris fashion circles use “VIVE” to praise it’s perfectness.

  • 1930, Shanghai Vive became the best cosmetic brand, some painters like Guan Huinong, Hang Zhiying painted calendar poster for Shanghai Vive.

  • 1930, Shanghai Vive became the best cosmetic brand, some painters like Guan Huinong, Hang Zhiying painted calendar poster for Shanghai Vive.