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Expo repackages traditional Chinese culture

09-26-2010 08:37 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Presentations of local specialities and myriad aspects of Chinese culture are keeping workers busy at the Shanghai World Expo.

Inheritors of intangible cultural heritage from all over the country have been invited to teach special skills to audiences. They hope those lessons can be embedded in everyone's hearts.

This is the Baosteel Stage at the Shanghai World Expo. It was useless before, but now it has become an important venue for many activities.

The song and dance show being presented now is "Attractive Sanjiangyuan".

The performance showcases special local dances and songs with Tibetan features. It gains loud applause from the audience, whose members are delighted.

Xu Yong, events dept. official of World Expo Coordination Bureau, said, "These shows have unique features. They are rarely seen nowadays, as the skills are only known by a few inheritors. It's great that we're able to present them to audiences now, through our combined efforts."

In the "Teaching and Learning Section," Thangka, Coiled Embroidery, Black Pottery, and Stone Art Painting are displayed with lots other classic crafts embedded by Chinese culture.

This area is set aside to show how to create great art works. The process of putting together a Wiry Painting attracts a huge audience. It combines modern skills with the talents required to make Cloisonne.

Kunlun jade also stands out. The material was used to make the medals for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Among the most attractive sections is the "Intangible Heritage Classroom". Audience members there can try to imitate the skills demonstrated by the inheritors of different Chinese cultural heritages. A small crowd is learning paper-cut skills.

Officers working in the events department have labored hard to present audiences with special shows. They want the crowds to learn more about traditional culture, and boost their interests in the accompanying skills.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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