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05-09-2010 14:54 BJT Special Report: Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Folk artists specializing in classic intangible heritages are showing off their skills at Beijing Week, the first cultural celebrations at the World Expo in Shanghai. As our reporter Zhang Nini finds out, their performances are presenting the Chinese capital at its most traditional and authentic.

These bowls could easily be found in any cupboard, but they become rhythmic receptacles in the hands of this performer. The 48 containers are accompanied by a Chinese musical instrument, the Erhu, to create a show deeply drenched in the authentic flavors of Beijing.

Other organizers have set up tables to serve Dawancha, or stall tea. Costing just two fens per serving, China's smallest monetary unit, this drink symbolizes the tradition of the national capital, a cultural element to be relished and preserved.

Zhang Nini, CCTV Reporter, said, "From a sip of tea, one can feel the warmth of Beijing. It's a place where traditional connects with contemporary, the sensual blends with sensible. At these performance, visitors have the chance to see, taste, hear, and touch the glamour of Beijing."

From brittle sword-wielding figurines, to miniature Peking Opera masks, 14 Beijing folk artists are showing off rich cultural legacies that will surely open visitors' eyes, or in some cases, arouse their appetites.

Chang Hong, Folk Artist, said, "The craft of making glass grapes dates back more than 200 years. It's an art rooted in Beijing. The craft won first prize at the Pan-Pacific International Exposition in 1915. So this is our second time at the Expo."

Kong Bingzhang, Folk Artist, said, "These are the typical Cao-style kites. I wish for these kites to bring Chinese culture to the world."

The participating artists also hope their on-the-spot demonstrations will open new windows into the profound cultural heritage of Beijing, while adding a touch of character to this year's World Expo.

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Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CCTV.com

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