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Hunan is considered to be a key focal point for Chinese southwest minority culture. It is a multi-ethnic province with time-honored history, diverse culture and unique natural resources which has endowed the Hunan people with extremely rich intangible cultural heritage. At present, there are more than 300 intangible cultural heritage items of 11 categories in Hunan province, including literature, music, dance, drama, opera, physical culture, fine arts, craftsmanship, traditional medicine and custom. More>>

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Crying Marriage Song The "Crying Marriage Song" is a folk song that originates from the Tujia people. According to their customs, the bride begins to cry a month before the wedding day in different ways with diversified words, to convey attachment to their loved ones and to remember the Tujia Women's sad fate in feudal society when they had no say in their marriage, which was typically arranged by a matchmaker and her parents.

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Suining Girls’ Day of the Miao Nationality Legend has it that the Girls' Day of the Miao Nationality is a day of commemoration to honor the heroic death of Yang Jinhua, descendant of the famous Yang Family which made illustrious military exploits in the Frontier Defense Wars during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).

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Maogusi Dance of the Tujia Minority in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Ethnic Autonomous Prefecture The Maogusi dance is an ancient dance popular in areas inhabited by the Tu ethnic group located in the west of Hunan Province. "Maogusi" means grandpa in Chinese. The dance originated from the sacrifice rituals of the ancient Tujia people.

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Nvshu (Women's Script) Custom Jiangyong Nvshu (women's script), the only writing system in the world, is specially used by women. Its development, inheritance and cultural messages are carried by its characters to constitute the Nvshu custom. JiangyongNvshu is an ancient character of long-diamond-shape with fine and uniformed strokes, which look like mosquitoes or ants. However, it became extinct 60 years ago.

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Ganfenshe Festival in Anren County It was said that Emperor Yan, Patron of Agriculture, has tried different kinds of herbs to cure various diseases and to enlighten the civilians to practice agriculture with his eight retinues in the Anren County. To commemorate them, the descendants built a temple named"The Nine Dragons Temple" and the place where he cooked was named "The Hall of Xianghuo" and the pond where he washed the medical herbs "Medical Lake".

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Rucheng Dance of Incense Burning Dragons The Dance of the Incense Burning Dragons is a popular tradition that is usually held during the Lantern Festival. During the performance, two dragons and two lions dance together, one lion leading the road before the dragons and the other lion following the dragons.

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Longhui Tantou Wooden New Year Paintings As the only piece of painting handwork watermarked, the Tantou wooden New Year painting has become an independent school for its full-bodied characteristics of the ancient southern Chu State. Located in the southeast of Longhui County, Tantou Town has simple, pure andunique folk customs.

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Tourists Amazed by Intangible Cultural Heritage Performances

On the same day, a variety of intangible cultural heritage performances on “colorful intangible cultural heritage and good life” were staged on Xibu Street in Wulingyuan District, Zhangjiajie City.
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14 Hunan Handicrafts Included in the Catalogue of China Traditional Handcraft Revitalization Plan

Recently the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released a catalogue of the first batch of national-level traditional handicrafts that will receive support from the central government.
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International Youth Delegates Visit Intangible Cultural Heritage Art Exhibition

Changsha’s intangible cultural heritage item representatives were on display at five exhibition areas, including “Hunan embroidery and dough figurine”, “Tongguan Kiln”, “palm weaving and paper cutting”, and “chrysanthemum stone carving and fruit pit carving”.
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Gambian Guests Visit Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall in Changsha

On May 1, officials from the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MOICI) of Gambia and trainees attending the 2018 mainstream media workshop visited the Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall, Yuhua District, Changsha.
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Pupils Experience Intangible Cultural Heritage Item “Tujia Brocade”

On April 9, pupils learn about Tujia brocade weaving process at Guaiyaomei Tujia Brocade Base, Wulingyuan District, Zhangjiajie City.
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Overseas Chinese Media Seniors Experience Tea-Picking

On March 28, the “Overseas Chinese Media Visiting Hometown of Tian Han” group members experienced picking spring tea at a renowned tea plantation garden, Jinjing Town, Changsha County.
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Jingzhou Miao Geteng Songs Performed at Italian Almond Blossom Festival

On March 4, a delegation performing Miao Geteng songs from Jingzhou, Hunan was invited to participate in a world intangible cultural exhibition, which is part of the 73rd Almond Blossom Festival.
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Intangible Cultural Heritage Shows Staged to Celebrate Lantern Festival

On February 24, 2018, a week-long lantern show unveiled at Zhangjiajie Citizen Square to mark the upcoming Lantern Festival.
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Outstanding Intangible Cultural Heritage Inheritors Awarded

On February 24, the Changsha Wangcheng Intangible Cultural Heritage Inheritor Award Ceremony was held at the Lei Feng Theatre, Wangcheng District. The Wangcheng Folk Custom Culture and Art Festival was also launched at the ceremony.
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Foreigners Experience Chinese Lunar New Year Traditions in Wangcheng

A series of Spring Festival celebrations organized for foreigners was held in Xinkang Township (known as the hometown of flower-and-drum opera), Wangcheng District, Changsha City.
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Changsha to Present Classic Works of Intangible Culture Heritage

A “Funny New Year” themed Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition opened at Meixi Academy bookstore in Changsha on February 6, 2018.
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Hunan Traditional Handicrafts Expo Opens in Changsha

The three-day Expo is hosted by the Hunan Cultural Department. It exhibits traditional handicrafts, costumes, delicacies, and Chinese medicine and medical skills.
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Intangible Cultural Heritages Exhibited at Li Zijian Art Museum

The 3rd Hunan-Jiangxi-Hubei-Anhui Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition opened at the Li Zijian Art Museum on December 23, 2017.
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Tsinghua Students Experience Hunan Intangible Cultural Heritage - Dabujiang Embroidered Patchwork

The Tsinghua University Academy of Arts & Design held a “teaching plus experiencing” innovative course recently to highlight intangible cultural heritage.
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Young Cultural Envoys Promote Intangible Cultural Heritage in Britain

On August 21, the 2017 Sino-British Teens International Intangible Cultural Heritage Exchange was held in Changsha. It was hosted by the Hunan Culture Department (HCD), and organized by the Hunan Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Center and Yishu Hunan.

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