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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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21st Hunan International Chinese Antiques Fair Concludes

The 21st Hunan International Chinese Antiques Fair concluded in Changsha on February 24, 2019.
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Intangible Cultural Heritage Inheritors Celebrate Lantern Festival

On February 19, the very day of Chinese Lantern Festival in 2019, the Hunan Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall in Yuhua District, Changsha, held various celebrations.
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Lantern Festival Celebrations in Changsha

On February 19, the very day of the Lantern Festival, a parade featuring traditional Chinese Spring Festival customs was held in Changsha.
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People Celebrate Lantern Festival in Hunan

Visitors guess lantern riddles in celebration of the upcoming Lantern Festival, which falls on Feb. 19 this year, in Changsha, central China's Hunan Province, Feb. 17, 2019.
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Free Peking Opera Performance Staged in Changsha

The “Happy Festival” art performances were staged in the center on the same day.
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Dragon and Lion Dance Competition Held in Hunan

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8 Hunan Counties Listed as “Chinese Towns of Folk Culture and Art”

The Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism released a list of “Chinese Towns of Folk Culture and Art” for 2018-2020 recently. Hunan has 8 counties (county-level cities and districts) and towns (blocks) on the list.
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Hunan Cultural Exhibition Launched

A Hunan intangible cultural heritage exhibition opens at the Hunan Cultural Center on January 5, 2019.
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Intangible Cultural Heritage: Dragon Lantern Making for Spring Festival

Photo taken on January 5 shows Gengtou villagers make a dragon lantern at Wanfoshan Town, Tongdao Dong Autonomous County.
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Intangible Cultural Heritage Temple Fair Held to Celebrate Winter Solstice Festival

On December 22, an intangible cultural heritage temple fair was held at the Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall, Yuhua District to celebrate Dongzhi or the Winter Solstice Festival.
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Middle School Students Learn Hunan Embroidery

Photo taken on December 16 shows students learn to embroider. On that day, nearly 100 middle school students visited the Hunan Embroidery Research Institution’s exhibition hall at the Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall, Yuhua District, Changsha.
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Panwang Festival Celebrated in Southern Hunan

On November 19, the Yao people, dressed in splendid attire, celebrated the Panwang Festival in Liangshanwo Resettlement Site, Liangjiangkou Village, Menlouxia Yao Township, Xintian County.
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Changsha Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition Hall to Open on November 7

From November 7, Changsha Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition Hall will be open to the public.
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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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