A male artist who has sported a 1.3-meter-long Manchu braid for more than ten years has garnered attention from locals in Jiangsu and others online after his dedication to the outdated hairstyle made headlines.
The 50-year-old artist identified as Ou Lianhua, originally from Fujian province, came to Jiangsu province and established a glass art business about 20 years ago.
According to Phoenix News, Ou is usually the center of attention when he goes out, proudly showing off his hair braid which would make him look at home in a Qing dynasty costume drama.
“As an artist, I want my hairstyle to be special. In the beginning, I simply wore a pony tail hair like the musician Liu Huan, but later I felt it was too hot in summer time, so I braided my hair,” Ou said. “I like my long braid, because it’s very artistic.”
From then on, Ou wore his braid, otherwise known as a Manchu queue, when going about his daily life. The queue was a specific male hairstyle worn by the Manchu people from central Manchuria and later imposed on the Han Chinese during the Qing dynasty.
Ou said that he has kept the braid for more than ten years and it now reaches his thigh. He needs to wash his hair for 30 minutes every time and it takes him another 20 minutes to comb and braid his hair.
If he gets bored of maintaining it, he can always auction it off to charity, just like this kind-hearted hairdresser from Shenzhen did in September of last year. After chopping off his 1.3-meter-long hair, he raised money at auction to provide for two autistic children.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Phoenix News // China Daily]