Home        |         Zoom in on ICH         |          Focus on ICH         |         In-Depth         |         Photo Tells
 
On The 4th Meeting of Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, which was held from September 28 to October 2, 22 Chinese projects were listed in the “UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” Qiang Nationality Year, Traditional Textile Dyeing Embroidery Techniques of Li Nationality, and Chinese Traditional Timber Arch Bridge Construction Technique were inscribed onto the Urgent Safeguarding List. Along with 4 Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity applications approved by UNESCO in 2008, China has already had 29 projects listed as the World Intangible Cultural Heritages now.
  Zoom in on ICH more
Watercolor block printing
Ink paintings are one of the oldest known Chinese art forms. With just a few strokes in limited colors, beautiful landscapes and vibrant animals can be brought to life.This program gives a brief introduction to Muban shuiyin, or watercolor block printing, an ancient method used to reproduce ink paintings.
  Focus on ICH
Firing Technology of Longquan Celadon
In 2009, the traditional firing technology of Longquan celadon was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO.
Representative List

Acupuncture and Moxibustion of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Peking Opera

Sericulture and Silk Craftsmanship of China

Chinese Traditional Architectural Craftsmanship for Timber-framed Structures

The Mazu Belief and Customs

Xi’an Wind and Percussion Ensemble

Farmers’ Dance of China’s Korean Ethnic Group

China Engraved Block Printing

Chinese Paper-cut

The Art of Chinese Seal Engraving

The Dragon Boat Festival

The Epic of Manas

Chinese Calligraphy

Flower Ballads

The Khoomei

Grand Songs of the Dong Ethnic Minority Group

Xuan Paper Making Techniques

Nanjing Cloud Brocade

Nanyin Music

Tibetan Opera

Regong Art

Firing Technology of Longquan Celadon

Urgent Safeguarding List
The Watertight-bulkhead Technology of Chinese Junks
Developed in South China’s Fujian Province, the watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junks permits the construction of ocean-going vessels with watertight compartments. If one or two cabins are accidentally damaged in the course of navigation, seawater will not flood the other cabins and the vessel will remain afloat.
Meshrep
Found among the Uygur people concentrated largely in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Meshrep constitutes the most important cultural carrier of Uygur traditions.A complete Meshrep event includes a rich collection of traditions and performance arts, such as music, dance, drama, folk arts, acrobatics, oral literature, foodways and games.
Wooden Movable-type Printing of China
One of the world’s oldest printing techniques, wooden movable-type printing is maintained in Rui’an County, Zhejiang Province, where it is used in compiling and printing clan genealogies. Men are trained to draw and engrave Chinese characters, which are then set into a type-page and printed.
Representative List the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
Mongolian Pastoral Song
The pastoral songs of the Mongolian minority constitute one of the two major forms of Mongolian songs, the other being Duandiao, which means "short-drawn-out songs."
Kunqu Opera
Kunqu Opera is one of the oldest forms of opera still existing in China, with its origins dating back to the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368).
The Art of Guqin Music
Guqin, also called the seven-stringed zither, is China's oldest stringed instrument with a history of some 3,000 years.
Xinjiang Uyghur Muqam
Muqam music is not only an artistic creation with a long history, but also a record of communication between China and the countries to the west of it in human history.
 
  In-Depth more

The plan is part of a 17-year-long project that started last year to preserve unique folk arts, crafts, literature and traditions in China.

More Than a Memory

Intangible cultural heritage in Tibet receives effective protection

Warning sounded over opera styles

  Photo Tells more
 
| About us | E-mail | Contact |
Constructed by Chinadaily.com.cn
Copyright 2009 Ministry of Culture, P.R.China. All rights reserved