Looking for a traditional Chinese dress for a special occasion or to celebrate Chinese New Year? Opt for a Cantonese cheongsam or Chinese qipao. Here’s where to buy off-the-rack or tailor made cheongsams, qipao’s and traditional Chinese jackets for you and your mini’s in Hong Kong.
Though many Chinese New Year celebrations are temporarily on hold thanks to pandemic restrictions, that doesn’t mean you can’t dress to impress for the occasion! While living in Hong Kong, embrace tradition and add a cheongsam or qipao to your party wardrobe. Whether you’re in the market for a modern interpretation, or going all out to have your dress tailor made, here are some of the best places to get a cheongsam or qipao for you and the kids right here in the city. Welcome the Year of the Tiger in style!
Where to get Cheongsams and Qipao’s in hong kong
Little Valley – Mummy and me matching cheongsams and Mandarin shirts
This one comes recommended from Sassy Mama Maura and her two Sassy kids! Check out Sassy baby number one modelling a traditional cheongsam dress for the brand here – she’s grown up a bit since then (as the main image shows!). We love the cute designs and chic prints on the mummy and me cheongsam dresses and tops. Sassy baby number two also loves the cute Mandarin “Kung Fu” shirts (as modelled above). The traditional Chinese clothing here are versatile so they can be worn for another formal occasion, and not just at Chinese New Year. That’s already a win in our books!
Read more: Where To Buy Kids’ Clothes In Hong Kong
Yi-ming – Traditional Cantonese cheongsams and qipao’s alongside new, modern designs
Yi-ming is a lifestyle brand that’s got the best of east-meets-west fashion. Make an appointment at their showroom but check out their selection online before picking out what to get your little one. You’ll find oriental unisex oriental jackets, cheegonsams and qipaos for little girls, and a Disney-inspired collection for kids and mama! They’ve even got maternity qipaos for mamas-to-be, too.
Ha Ha Ha Florist – Floral cheongsams for girls and unisex Mandarin collar jackets
While this is a florist first and foremost, Ha Ha Ha Florist also make floral patterned cheongsams for little girls. With a button up style, these are prefect traditional Cantonese dress for Chinese New Year! They cost $580 and you must pre-order them for collection in the store (it takes around two days to make). You can also order a unisex Mandarin collar style jacket, perfect to make girls or boys Lunar New Year ready. Delivery is available but you need to organise that yourself, via SF Express for example.
G.O.D. – Modern take on the traditional Chinese qipao dress
Trendy Hong Kong brand G.O.D. doesn’t have cheongsams for kids, but they do have qipao-inspired dresses for mamas. These will be perfect for a Chinese New Year dinner! With prices ranging from $440 to $1,280 (the average cost for a qipao is around $880), there is something for all budgets.
Linva Tailor – Traditional tailor of Chinese cheongsam dresses since 1965
Linva Tailor is one of the most well known tailors of traditional Chinese cheongsams in Hong Kong. Here you’ll find a selection of pre-made dresses to choose from for you and your little one. If you’re after the perfect fit for a special occasion, you can book an appointment and have a cheongsam made to order. It takes anywhere from one to two months to make, so keep this one in mind for next CNY. Short cheongsams cost from around $3,000 to $5,000, while long cheongsams cost from $6,000 to $8,000 – depending on the material you choose. For children’s tailor-made cheongsams, you need to ask directly at the shop for pricing.
Mee Wah Qipao – Traditional Chinese qipao tailoring in Hong Kong
If you’re looking for true artistry when it comes to your qipao, Mee Wah Qipao is a good place to start. What this third generation tailor doesn’t know about qipao making probably isn’t worth knowing! Here, you’ll get a tailor made dress for you or your little one.
Shanghai Tang – Reversible silk jackets for kids and silk qipao’s for women and girls
At Shanghai Tang you’re sure to find beautiful traditional Chinese designs with a modern twist. With gorgeous silk-cotton qipao’s and traditional Jacquard reversible silk jackets for kids, to stunning mini and maxi-length qipao’s for mama, you’ll definitely get quality (with the price tag to match) here. The qipao mini-dress would be perfect for a cocktail party while the stretch silk long qipao’s make an ideal traditional Chinese evening dress.
Yue Hwa Chinese Products – Traditional Chinese clothing including cheongsams and qipao’s
It’s worth making time to browse this superstore in Kowloon. It’s got all sorts of great gift ideas, especially for visitors to Hong Kong – Buddha statues, jade jewellery and of course, cheongsams and qipao’s for you and your cheeky cherub. Clothing and products are on the expensive side though the last time we checked.
Other places to get a cheongsam or qipao in Hong Kong
Sparkle Collection – Founded by Karen Chan, a Hongkonger born and raised, East-meets-West with her modern cheongsam collections, www.sparklecollection.co
Stanley Market – Bargain your way to a cheongsam or qipao in Hong Kong, www.hk-stanley-market.com
Etsy – With a wide range of style (just like the price points) Etsy has a large range of cheongsam and qipao dresses for women and kids, www.etsy.com
Olivia Couture – Based in Causeway Bay, these qipao’s are definitely on the pricy side but beautiful nonetheless, www.oliviacouture.com
Retykle – Why shop for something new when you can find a pre-loved CNY outfit? www.retykle.com
Ganaskids – while it might not have cheongsams, the Chinese New Year body suits here are always worth a mention! www.ganaskids.com
Cotton On – Again, there isn’t a selection of traditional qipao’s here, though you’ll find a great range of kids Lunar New Year fashion, www.cottonon.com
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in January 2016 and updated in January 2022 by Alex Purcell Garcia