Guangdong took the lead in queue-cutting movement
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The queue was a specific male hairstyle imposed on the Han Chinese during the Qing dynasty. The hairstyle consisted of the hair on the front of the head and the rest of the hair braided into a long ponytail. It’s compulsory for all males and the penalty for not complying was execution for treason.

It’s not until in the early 1910s, after the fall of the Qing dynasty, that the Chinese no longer had to wear it. The Xinhai Revolution in 1911 led to a complete change in hairstyle almost overnight. The queue became unpopular as it became associated with a fallen government.

Guangdong Province took the lead in the revolutionary queue-cutting movement. Some revolutionists took actions to resist the queue order in the late 19th century. Feng Jingru, a Guangdong revolutionist, cut his braids in 1894, who was believed to be the first man to cut braids.


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