intangible cultural heritage china

China has a diverse array of intangible cultural heritage, encompassing various traditional arts, crafts, and festive activities. Here are some famous examples of Chinese intangible cultural heritage:

Kunqu Opera: Kunqu Opera is one of the oldest traditional Chinese opera forms and is considered a treasure of Chinese traditional cultural arts, often referred to as the “ancestor of hundred operas.”

Guqin Art: Guqin, one of China’s oldest plucked string instruments, has a long history and produces deep, rich tones capable of expressing a wide range of emotions. Guqin art is a treasure of traditional Chinese music.

Xinjiang Uyghur Muqam Art: Muqam is a large-scale comprehensive art form combining singing, poetry, music, dance, recitation, and instrumental performance, representing the wisdom and artistry of the Uyghur people.

Mongolian Long Song: Long song is a unique singing form with distinct nomadic and regional cultural characteristics, narrating the Mongolian people’s insights into historical culture, customs, morality, philosophy, and art using the language unique to the grasslands.

Traditional Chinese Silk Weaving Technique: Silk weaving is a traditional industry in China known for its exquisite craftsmanship and high-quality products, beloved by people worldwide.

Additionally, there are other examples such as Nanyin, Nanjing Yunjin Brocade Weaving Technique, Xuan Paper Traditional Production Technique, Dong Ethnic Group’s Big Song, Cantonese Opera, Gesar Epic, Longquan Celadon Traditional Firing Technique, Regong Art, Tibetan Opera, Epic of Manas, Hua’er (a type of folk song), Xi’an Drum Music, Chinese Korean Agricultural Music and Dance, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Seal Engraving, Chinese Paper Cutting, Traditional Chinese Wooden Structure Construction Techniques, Dragon Boat Festival, Mazu Customs, and Chinese Woodblock Printing Technique, all of which are important intangible cultural heritage in China.

These intangible cultural heritages not only represent China’s traditional culture and art but also reflect the wisdom and creativity of the Chinese people. Protecting and inheriting these intangible cultural heritages is of great significance for promoting Chinese culture, enhancing national confidence, and fostering a sense of identity.

Moreover, each region in China has its own unique intangible cultural heritage. For example, Ma Xiao Rolling Lanterns are a unique folk art performance in Lin’an District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, praised as a rare flower of Jiangnan folk dance. It not only represents unique cultural information and symbols of western Zhejiang folk customs but also provides valuable materials for studying the economic and political development of western Zhejiang. This art form was included in the Zhejiang Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2009, receiving better protection and inheritance.

The Shangtian Eighteen Martial Arts

“The Shangtian Eighteen Martial Arts” is an extremely regionally distinctive folk traditional martial arts and competitive activity, originating from Lin’an District, Hangzhou City. Here is a detailed introduction to “The Shangtian Eighteen Martial Arts”: Origin and History “The Shangtian Eighteen Martial Arts,” this unique form of martial arts, has its deep history documented in the “Qian Family Genealogy,”

The Shangtian Eighteen Martial Arts Read More »

The Grass Dragon Dance of Hengjie

In Hengjie Village, Jincheng Street, Lin’an City, there exists an ancient traditional activity known as the Grass Dragon Dance. This rich and distinctive folk art form is deeply rooted in the fertile soil of Wu-Yue culture, having undergone millennia of sedimentation and inheritance, yet still exuding vibrant vitality today. Grass Dragon of Hengjie, called Hengjie

The Grass Dragon Dance of Hengjie Read More »

Changhua Folk Songs

Changhua folk songs, as know as Changhua Minge, an ancient art form spanning millennia, bear rich historical and cultural significance, representing a unique cultural heritage of the Changhua region in Lin’an, Zhejiang Province. Originating from the ancient “Wu Ge Yue Yin,” over the course of many generations, they have evolved into distinctive artistic styles. Changhua folk

Changhua Folk Songs Read More »

Lin’an Qianhong Peach Blossom Paper

Qianhong Peach Blossom Paper,Chinese called taohua zhi is a traditional handmade paper originating from Zhejiang Province, China, renowned for its reputation as “paper with a lifespan of a thousand years.” The crafting technique of this paper has been listed as a representative project of intangible cultural heritage in Zhejiang Province, showcasing its profound cultural heritage and

Lin’an Qianhong Peach Blossom Paper Read More »

Changhua Bamboo Weaving

Changhua bamboo weaving is a traditional handicraft with a long history, spanning over 2500 years, mainly distributed in the Changhua region of Zhejiang Province, especially widespread in the town of Qingliangfeng. This bamboo weaving technique has gradually become exquisite through the inheritance of generations of bamboo weaving artisans, evolving from initially producing primitive production tools

Changhua Bamboo Weaving Read More »

Tuankou The Blue Lion Lantern of Lin’an

The Blue Lion Lantern of Lin’an, a unique traditional folk cultural activity in Tuankou Town, Lin’an District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, has become a shared cultural memory for local people and beyond due to its unique charm and profound historical and cultural significance. The perfect combination of the Blue Lion and lantern not only provides the audience

Tuankou The Blue Lion Lantern of Lin’an Read More »

Scroll to Top