The queue or cue is a men’s hairstyle traditionally worn by the Manchu people…

The queue or cue is a men’s hairstyle traditionally worn by the Manchu people of Manchuria and later imposed on the Han Chinese during the Qing Dynasty. The hairstyle consisted of the hair on the front of the head being shaved off above the temples every ten days and the rest of the hair braided into a long ponytail. The hairstyle was compulsory on all males and the penalty for not having it was execution as it was considered treason. In the early 1910s, after the fall of the Qing dynasty, the Chinese no longer had to wear it. Some still did as a tradition, but most of them abandoned it after the last Emperor of China, Puyi, cut his queue in 1922.

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