I've always known them as qípáo dresses, so I'll use "qípáo" rather than cheongsam. Qípáo is the Mandarin Chinese name for a cheongsam.
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--- The Cheongsam/Qípáo Dress ---Here is a picture of a traditional chenogsam/qípáo dress:
^ from: www.polyvore.com (best I could find) - A traditional cheongsam/qípáo dress.
This is a video featuring multiple qípáo dresses:
^ "Chinese Dress - Chinese Qipao Dresses "
What I personally find most attractive about these traditional qípáo dresses is just how silky they are as well as how elegantly designed they are. They gracefully accentuate the body while offering an elegant view of the female's legs. A dress is meant to make any female feel beautiful and graceful, and these very feminine dresses do just that. I personally love a long, red qípáo dress that has sakura (Japanese for "cherry blossoms") designs on them.
So I would say that the cheongsam/qípáo dress to China is more like the áo dài to Vietnamese women. For more information on the cheongsam/qípáo, you can look at this Wikipedia page on the cheongsam.
Anyone interested in getting a cheongsam/qípáo can look for qípáo on eBay or even qipao dresses on oriental-decor.com.
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