The ancient Chinese people had very distinctive social classes. Each of these has specific styles and significance of dressing. Varied symbols are used on the clothing to distinguish between various strata of society. The ancient Chinese like cheongsam clothing has varied greatly throughout different periods of time. Each social or historical period brought about a new style.
The Cheongsam now is worn only at special occasions which are mostly historical reenactment, hobby, coming of rite of passage ceremonies, ceremonial clothing worn by religious priests, or cultural exercise. However, there are attempts on to try and make it a part of more day to day wear or at least during Chinese celebrations and festivals especially in China as well as among the non resident community.