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China’s 40 UNESCO listed cultural heritages to be demonstrated in Guangzhou

2019-June-1       Source: Newsgd.com

June 8th marks China's third Cultural and Natural Heritage Day. Organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the festival will be held between June 7th and 10th across China, and the national main venue of this year’s event is Guangzhou.

Photo taken on Nov. 21, 2018 shows the herbs of Lum medicinal bathing of Sowa Rigpa in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed China's Lum medicinal bathing of Sowa Rigpa on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, at a convention held in Port Louis, capital of the Republic of Mauritius on Nov. 28, 2018. The Lum medicinal bathing of Sowa Rigpa is knowledge and practices concerning life, health and illness prevention and treatment among the Tibetan people in China. In Tibetan, "Lum" indicates the traditional knowledge and practices of bathing in natural hot springs, herbal water or steam to adjust the balance of mind and body, to ensure health and treat illnesses. Sowa Rigpa, the Tibetan name of the medicinal practice, literally meaning the knowledge of recuperating, was originated on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau with an average altitude of 4,000 meters above the sea level. The traditional Tibetan medicine prescriptions of treating illness with herbs and minerals date back 2,500 years. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)

China’s 40 cultural elements on UNESCO lists

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

1.Lum medicinal bathing of Sowa Rigpa, knowledge and practices concerning life, health and illness prevention and treatment among the Tibetan people in China

2.The Twenty-Four Solar Terms, knowledge in China of time and practices developed through observation of the sun’s annual motion

3.Chinese Zhusuan, knowledge and practices of mathematical calculation through the abacus

4.Chinese shadow puppetry

5.Acupuncture and moxibustion of traditional Chinese medicine

6.Peking opera

7.Art of Chinese seal engraving

8.China engraved block printing technique

9.Chinese calligraphy

10.Chinese paper-cut

11.Chinese traditional architectural craftsmanship for timber-framed structures

12.Craftsmanship of Nanjing Yunjin brocade

13.Dragon Boat festival

14.Farmers’ dance of China’s Korean ethnic group

15.Gesar epic tradition

16.Grand song of the Dong ethnic group



19.Mazu belief and customs

20.Mongolian art of singing, Khoomei


22.Regong arts

23.Sericulture and silk craftsmanship of China

24.Tibetan opera

25.Traditional firing technology of Longquan celadon

26.Traditional handicrafts of making Xuan paper

27.Xi’an wind and percussion ensemble

28.Yueju opera

29.Guqin and its music

30.Kun Qu opera

31.Urtiin Duu, traditional folk long song

32.Uyghur Muqam of Xinjiang

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

33.Hezhen Yimakan storytelling


35.Watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junks

36.Wooden movable-type printing of China

37.Qiang New Year festival

38.Traditional design and practices for building Chinese wooden arch bridges

39.Traditional Li textile techniques: spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroidering

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

40.Strategy for training coming generations of Fujian puppetry practitioners

Editor: Monica Liu

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