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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>>

Dragon Boat Race Changde Silk String Art Hunan Embroidery Temple Fair Shadow Puppetry Chrysanthemum Stone Carving Liling Porcelain Liu Hai Cuts Firewood Lusheng Festival Flower-drum Opera

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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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".


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.


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’.


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.


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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Explore Hunan Intangible Cultural Heritage

The 2017 "BWM Chinese Culture Journey" was launched in Changsha on July 26, 2017. It arranged more than 100 intangible cultural heritage experts, cultural experts, designers, and media workers to explore over 40 intangible cultural heritage items in southern and northern Hunan.

Hunan Intangible Cultural Heritage Inheritor Training and Innovation Center Opens

The preliminary rounds of the First Hunan Intangible Cultural Heritage Inheritor Entrepreneurship and Innovation Contest kicked off on June 23, 2017. The Hunan Intangible Cultural Heritage Inheritor Training and Innovation Center opened the same day.

Hunan Culture Shines at 13th ICIF

The 13th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industry Fair (ICIF) holds at Shenzhen Conference & Exhibition Center from May 11 to 15, 2017. Hunan Pavilion receives numerous visitors.
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Dabujiang Embroidered Patchwork Awarded Foreign Order

The on-going Exposition Internationale displays 3,500 brands, and organizes more than 20 exchange activities.
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International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road Opens in Changsha

The International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road Opened at Yuelu Academy in Changsha on the morning of April 17, 2017.

National Intangible Cultural Heritage Promoted in Western Hunan

The photo taken on Feb. 20, 2017 shows Yan Sanxiu (L), inheritor of national intangible cultural heritage item—Dong DongKui, teaches a girl to perform Dong DongKui at Baixing Village, Dianfang Town, Longshan County. Yan has voluntarily taught over 100 students in the past eight years.

Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition Greets New Year

During the three-day New Year holiday, the Tianxin District Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Exhibition Center at Taiping Street, Changsha, displayed 20 national intangible cultural heritages to the public, enabling citizens to better understand these cultural heritages while adding an atmosphere of festivity.

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