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"Intangible" cultural heritage is defined by UNESCO as "the practices, representations, and expressions, as well as the associated knowledge and the necessary skills, that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage."
China´s classification of its intangible cultural heritage goes from national to county level. Since 2006 when the second Saturday of June was named "Day of Cultural Heritage", various activities to promote the nation´s rich cultural heritage take place on and around this day.
Block printing and copying by hand existed at the same time because printing was not yet popular in Tang Dynasty. Block printing and cultural prosperity went hand in hand.
Beginning in the Song Dynasty, when block printing made rapid progress, Jiangsu and Zhejiang quickly experienced a cultural boom, leaving many printed relics for modern people to see.
The busiest commercial area was in the southern part of Nanjing in Ming Dynasty. Untill to Qing Dynasty three of streets had workshops for brocade weaving. It shows that brocade weavers made up a great proportion of the craftsmen.
In the prime of the production of Brocade that was regarded as China´s noblest silk fabrics and the symbol of the highest technology in Chinese silks. Nanjing cloud-pattern brocade traces its history back 15-hundred years.
Large pieces of brocade used to making such as the "Dragon Gown". Those in Jiangning(Nanjing) made garments for the emperor and for court ministers to wear in the court or on important occasions.
The Oil-paper umbrella is Chinese ancient traditional umbrella. With a history of more than 5000 years it is also the most brilliant folk arts and crafts in Chinese history culture. Oil-paper umbrella´s rib is made of bamboo which has grown at least for 3 years
A quality sword requires many elements, the best iron deposit, the best pine wood as fuel and the best water available from nature. On top of these, the craftsman must have an absolutely quiet place free of any distraction.
Tieguanyin is the state-level intangible cultural heritage protection projects. Tieguanyin Tea translated into English as Iron Goddess Tea is one of the most famous types of Chinese Tea. Originating in Anxi County in Fujian Province.