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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 in Hunan province which can be broken down into 11 categories:literature, music, dance, drama, opera, physical culture, fine arts, craftsmanship, traditional medicine and custom. More>>

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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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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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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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Nuo Drama "Acting the Bodhisattva" Huitong Nuo Drama "Acting the Bodhisattva", prevalent in Huitong County, Hongjiang City and Zhongfang County of Huaihua, was originally performed by wizards to drive away evil spirits at sacrificial rituals during ancient times. The Bodhisattva in "Acting the Bodhisattva" is Yang Gong who is God of rivers, establishing a unique Nuo system of its own.

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Liuyang Ancient Music Walking towards Dacheng Hall of Liuyang Wenmiao (Liuyang Confucius Temple),you will find a pair of twin pavilions on both sides of its gate. These were places to play ancient music. At sacrifice-offering ceremonies, 64 musicians, 10 singers and 64 dancers were required to perform. The performance would last for no more than one hour.

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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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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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Yueyang Dongting Fishing Song The Dongting fishing song, normally called the improvisational fishing song (fishermen sing freely to express their emotions), has formed a unique fishing song style around the Dongting Lake area. Early in the Song Dynasty, Fan Zhongyanrecorded in his "The Yueyang Tower" that 'the fishing songs echo, producing supreme pleasure’.

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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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News Coverage on the 12th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair

The 12th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF) unveils its curtain on May 12, 2016. The photo above shows the opening ceremony of Hunan Pavilion.
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Changsha Pavilion to Debut at 12th ICIF

The 12th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF) will unveil its curtain on May 12, 2016. Set up as an independent pavilion for the first time, the Changsha Pavilion will demonstrate the newest achievements and growth potential of Changsha’s cultural industry at the fair.
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Ancient Fresco Painting of Yao Ethnic People Discovered in Yongzhou

A 162 sqm of well-preserved fresco painting was discovered in Shuilong (Water Dragon) Ancestral Hall of Daxing Village, Jiangyong County. The ancestral hall and the fresco painting were preliminarily identified by archaeologists as cultural relics dating back to Wanli period of the Ming Dynasty (1573-1620).
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Amazing 192-meter-long Pen Painting Created

Themed “Life and Civilization”, a 192-meter-long and 1.6-meter-wide pen painting was created by a young man from Zhuzhou. It displays the origin of human life and the development of Chinese history with the image of dragon. It took the young man about 13 years to finish the amazing work.
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Duanwu Celebrations at Expo Hunan Week

June 20 (Milano time) was the Dragon Boat Festival Related Chu Culture of Hunan Week at Expo Milano 2015. Hunanese representatives attending Hunan Week, together with international friends, made zongzi, to celebrate the festival at Milano, Italy.
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“Xiang - Sharing Home Flavor” Exhibition of Hunan Week Opened

The Milano Expogate, symbol of Expo Milano 2015, locates at Castello Sforzesco, a landmark of Milan. One of the major events of Hunan Week, a design and social innovation exhibition themed “Xiang - Sharing Home Flavor”, is the first Chinese themed exhibition here.
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Miao People Celebrate Folk Festival in Hunan

A grand Miao festival was marked on May 25 at Shanjiang Town, Fenghuang County. About ten thousand Miao people in beautiful ethnic costumes celebrated the traditional holiday by singing folk songs and performing Miao dances. The festival falls on the eighth day of the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar, and it's a time for the Miao people to pay homage to their ancestors and heroes, and to have a get-together.
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Group Traditional Han Wedding Held in Rucheng

Maidservants in the white dress serve the brides during a group traditional Han wedding in an ancestral hall in Rucheng, central China's Hunan Province, May 20, 2015. "May 20" in Chinese language is pronounced similar to "Wo Ai Ni", which means "I love you", and a traditional group wedding for 10 couples was held at the ancestral hall in Rucheng on Wednesday.
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Tujia Maogusi Dance Performed at 4th Seongju County Cultural and Art Festival

On May 12, 28 members of Yongshun Tujia Maogusi dance performance team set out on a weeklong trip in Korea for the 4th Seongju County Cultural and Art Festival.
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Yongzhou’s Liuzi Street Honored National Historical and Cultural Block

According to the Lingling District of Yongzhou City on April 24, Liuzi Street has been included in the first batch of 30 national historical and cultural blocks, becoming the only one in Hunan to win such an honor.
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Sanyuesan Festival Celebrated in Rucheng

On April 21, a large folk activity was held in Reshui Town of Rucheng County in Hunan Province, to celebrate the Sanyuesan Festival (the third day of the third month in the Chinese lunar calendar). It is also known as the Double Third Festival and Shangsi Festival.
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Tongdao Celebrates 2015 Dawuliang Singing Festival of Dong Minority

The 2015 Dawuliang Singing Festival of Dong Nationality & the 4th Hunan-Guangxi Original Folk Custom Festival was held in Tongdao Dong Autonomous County, the boundary of Hunan, Guangxi and Guizhou, on the evening of April 16.
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Liuyang Ancient Music Premieres to Memorize Confucius

At 18:35 on Apr. 14, 80 adults and 20 children in Han costumes, accompanied by rhythmic drumbeats, performed the ancient music of the Confucius memorial ceremony in a traditional manner, at the Confucius Temple of Liuyang City. Their performance included the “Greeting Confucius Ceremony Chapter” and “First Writing Ceremony Chapter” (also called Enlightenment Ceremony, a very important ceremony for every child before they are admitted to primary school).
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13th Hunan (International) Cultural Relics Expo in Progress in Changsha

From April 13 to 18, the 13th Hunan (International) Cultural Relics Expo, themed “Seeking treasures in Hunan” and undertaken by the Hunan Provincial Department of Culture and Hunan Daily Press Group, would be lasted from April 13 to 18 in Changsha.
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Peking Opera Performed at University Of South China

An artist teaches Peking Opera at University of South China on April 3. A Peking Opera troupe of Hunan Province kicked off a university performance tour here on the evening of April 3, bringing the students wonderful performances and the chance of learning from the artists on the scene.

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