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World Intangible Cultural Heritages In China

As of 2010, 34 Chinese elements were inscribed on UNESCO's World Intangible Cultural Heritages List. 28 of these were inscribed on The Representative List, while six were inscribed on The List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. To focus the foreign visitor's attention on these unique culture and customs, a catalogue of all of the UNESCO World Intangible Heritages in China is listed below, with links to specific web pages that provide in-depth information concerning each intangible heritage.» Click to See Popular China Intangible Cultural Heritage Tours.

Representative List

Kunqu Opera

Kunqu Opera

Kunqu Opera is believed to be the origin of all the other Chinese operas and it has also been considered to be a kind of art which appeals highbrows only.

Chinese Paper-cut


Paper-cut is the art of cutting designs in paper (black, white, or colored), then gluing them to a contrasting surface or a transparent surface.

Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese Calligraphy

Calligraphy is a traditional art unique to China. It is not only a tool of cultural communication but an artistic treasure with shining and extraordinary splendor.

Peking Opera

Inscribed on UNESCO's World Intangible Cultural Heritages List in 2010, Beijing Opera of China is a national treasure with a history of 200 years.

Chinese Seal Engraving

In no other culture has the seal with a history of over 3000 years, played such an important role as in the Chinese culture.

Acupuncture Moxibustion

For thousands of years acupuncture and moxibustion therapies have been popular as methods of preventing and treating diseases.

Engraved Block Printing

Block printing, or woodblock printing, originated – as did many of mankind's other cultural "firsts" – in Ancient China.

Dragon Boat Festival

The fifth day of the fifth Chinese lunar month (usually falls on June) is the traditional Dragon boat Festival in China.

Yueju Opera

As the youngest "old" opera in China, Yueju Opera becomes a fixture on China's cultural landscape.


Guqin (Chinese: 古琴), is the modern name for a plucked seven-string Chinese musical instrument of the zither family.

Tibetan Opera

Tibetan Opera ("Ace Lhamo" in Tibetan), is an ancient art form in Tibet that boasts a history of more than 600 years.

Urgent Safeguarding List

Qiang New Year Festival

Qiang New Year Festival

Qiang New Year festival is a traditional festival of the Qiang ethnic minority in Sichuan Province. During the festival, Qiang people celebrate harvests and pray for prosperity, and thus enhance social and familial harmony.

Chinese Wooden Arch Bridges

Chinese wooden arch bridges

Log is the main material of traditional Chinese wooden arch bridges, while tenons and mortises are essential in building a super stable Chinese wooden arch bridge. These bridges are important gathering sites of local people.

Textile Techniques of Li Minority

Traditional Li textile techniques

Traditional Li textile techniques were created by women of Hainan Li Ethnic minority group. It comprises spinning, weaving, dyeing, and embroidering, and cotton thread, twine and other fibers are used to make clothes and daily supplies.

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