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Efforts strengthened to protect ethnic heritage


08-14-2014 00:49 BJT

China's ethnic heritage is also being carried on in southwest China's Guizhou province, where great effort is being put into protecting the lifestyle and habitat of the Dong ethnic minority. There's even an open-air museum in one of the Dong villages, where visitors can go back in time.

This is Demen village in Guizhou province, and belongs to the Dong people. Every brick, every tree and every move of the villagers is part of a museum experience.The Dong village has thousands of years of history. Many of the structures here are classified as national heritage sites.

Inside, traditional cloth attracts designers from the US. The cloth is exquisitely embroidered by Dong women and exported to the fashion arenas of the US and France.

In Sichuan province in southwest China, activist Liu Qishu is protecting the folk songs of the Baima people.

As they have no written language, their songs can only be passed down orally. Liu has already collected more than 16 thousand folk songs.

It is thanks to people like Ren Hexing and Liu Qishu that the heritage of China's ethnic minorities are preserved and available to the masses.



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