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Intangible cultural heritage: Making hookah in NW China

2016-12-18 09:11:48

Despite the shrinking of the industry in recent years, the making of hookah in Lanzhou has been preserved as a provincial intangible cultural heritage.

The first ICH experience center opens in Beijing

2016-12-12 07:00:08

China's first intangible cultural heritage O2O interactive experience center opened in the Qianmen area in Beijing on Saturday.

What's 24 Solar Terms?

2016-12-01 13:55:33

The 24 solar terms is a gross name of the system that consists of 12 major solar terms and 12 minor solar terms. Ancient Chinese divided the circle of the annual motion of the sun into 24 equal segments; each segment was called a “jie qi” or solar term. Hence the 24 segments are collectively called the 24 Solar Terms. This system of time embodies the traditional knowledge and the social practices through which Chinese organize their perception of the regularity of seasons, of astronomical laws and of other local natural phenomena occurring in the course of the year. It is an indispensable component of the traditional Chinese calendars and its living applications, serving as a time-frame for agricultural activities and daily life. In international circle of meteorology, this cognitive system has been honored as the Fifth Great Invention of China.

The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has adopted a decision that China's "The 24 Solar Terms" be inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the 11th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on November 30, 2016.



Craftsman makes scissors in traditional way

2016-11-18 10:52:03

Yu Songtao polishes a pair of scissors in village under Dingjiaqiao town of Jingxian county, East China's Anhui province, Nov 17, 2016.

Zhenhu: Home to Su embroidery

2016-11-09 09:22:38

Zhenhu, located in the west of Su Zhou new district, is a time-honored ancient town with typical Wu and Taihu culture. It is also reputed as a land of milk and honey.

Handmade mulberry-bark paper listed as UNESCO intangible cultural heritage

2016-11-06 13:54:58

The handmade mulberry-bark paper, originating thousands of years ago in Xinjiang, has been listed as intangible cultural heritage by the UNESCO.

Experts call for more efforts in cultural heritage protection at Beijing forum

2016-11-06 09:16:10

China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation and Guangming Daily co-hosted China's first nation-level forum on social efforts in cultural heritage protection in Beijing on Nov 3.

Tibet mandala: The world in a grain of sand

2016-10-26 10:23:13

Mandala, an exquisite religious art of Tibetan Buddhism, has been well preserved since it was first introduced to Tibet from India.

Dragon Boat Festival flourishes

2016-06-09 07:43:22

Dragon Boat Festival, which comes on May 5 on the lunar calendar - June 9 this year on the Western calendar - is a traditional festival in China to commemorate the ancient poet Qu Yuan, who committed suicide out of love for his country.

'Yong Zi': Precious chess pieces made in Yunnan

2016-06-02 14:30:54

Yong zi is the name for the exquisite chess pieces made in Yongchang (now Baoshan) in Yunnan province. The craft has a 500-year history and it has been listed as the provincial intangible cultural heritage in Yunnan.

Preserving the old in a modern urban setting

2016-05-18 07:55:39

Perhaps, Shenzhen in Guangdong province is the best reflection of Chinese urbanization in the past decades.

Inheritor of Huizhou carvings in E China

2016-05-12 10:19:06

Yu Yougui is a representative inheritor of the Huizhou carvings on wood, stone and brick, which is listed as one of the national intangible cultural heritages.

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