According to the Asia Times Online, the Hanfu movement may have begun around 2003 when a man called Wang Letian from Zhengzhou, China, wore Hanfu in public. This inspired others to do the same and the Hanfu movement grew out of forums created initially about Hanfu, which later covered the cultural identity of China. Since the start of the movement, there has been public interest in Hanfu as well as debates about it.
Major activities that Hanfu enthusiasts part-take include holding Guan Lis and Ji Li's (the Chinese equivalent of the coming of age ceremony) and other formal traditional ceremonies of the past, wearing Hanfu in public places (especially at festivals) and making their own Hanfu. There is a deeper meaning and goal to the Hanfu movement than just pure dressing up, going with the trend or exercising one's individuality. The main premise of the Hanfu movement is to get to a stage where Hanfu becomes an accepted part of clothing that can be worn without the need to justify to others for wearing it as well as reviving cultural traditions.