From marking good looks to advancing political careers: See how the rules and styles of facial hair changed in ancient Chinese history
Picture a random man from China in your mind: Does he have a beard or mustache?
If your answer is no, chances are that it’s a man living in modern China. A clean-shaven look has been the mainstream since the start of the 20th century, but in ancient China, almost all the adult men—except eunuchs—kept facial hair. A luxuriant beard used to be an important standard for judging handsome men.