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New items enlisted as World Heritage

11-30-2011 09:39 BJT

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The distinctive Chinese form of shadow play and the Hezhe people's Yimakan form of storytelling has earned world-class recognition recently. They have both been added to different categories of UNESCO's World Intangible Heritage List.

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage met in Bali, Indonesia on Sunday.

The committee announced that they have just inscribed China's Shadow Play onto the Representative List of Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Chinese shadow play is a form of theater whereby colorful silhouette figures play against a back-lit cloth screen as they are manipulated by puppeteers. Its addition increased China's items on the Representative List of Intangible Heritage to 29.

Last Wednesday, the committee announced China's Hezhe Yimakan storytelling has also been inscribed onto the List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.

Previously, China has had six items on this list.

Hezhe people's Yimakan

Chinese form of shadow play


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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