Of the Chinese Li family in Quanzhou, Li Nu, the son of Li Lu, visited Persia in 1376, married a Persian girl, and returned to Quanzhou with her.
Li Nu was the ancestor of the Ming Dynasty reformer Li Chih.
A few experts say that it was Cyrus the Great who twelve centuries before Islam, established the custom of covering women to protect their chastity.
According to their theory, the veil passed from the Achaemenids to the Hellenistic Seleucids.
The Wu Tai Shï says that Liu Ch'ang [劉鋹, Emperor of the Southern Han dynasty reigning at Canton, about AD 970].
"..dallying with his palace girls and Persian (波斯) women in the inner apartments, and left the government of his state to the ministers." A family of Iranian descent in China was known for the three polymaths it produced, one of them was a woman.
He and the Persian girl also liked to forced young couples to go naked and played with them in the palace.
Original from the University of Michigan (63 At the foreign quarter, there lived of course many foreign women, and they were called by the Chinese Po-ssu-fu 波斯婦 (lit.The first refers to ordinary (non-royal) women; the second to unmarried members of the royal family; and the last duksis to married women of royalty.Such differentiated terminology shows the significance of marital status and of a woman's relationship to the king.Archeological excavations at Shahr-e Sookhteh "Burnt City," a prehistoric settlement in the Sistan-Baluchistan province of southeastern Iran, have revealed that the women of the 4th–3rd millennium BCE community maintained a high level of socio-economic status.Of the seals discovered in graves there, 90% were in the possession of women, The distribution of the seals, which as instruments of trade and government represented economic and administrative control, reveals that these women were the more powerful group in their prehistoric society.During the Tang dynasty bars were often attended by Iranian or Sogdian waitresses who performed dances for clients.