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13 items from Tibet listed as National Intangible Cultural Heritage

By Source:Ecns.cn 2015-03-20

Jiuhezhuo (久河卓) dance

Tibetan calligraphy

The State Council has recently announced the National Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Thirteen items from Tibet have successfully made it onto that list. Tibet has a centuries-old history of arts and culture and recently, they have been getting more protection.

Jiuhezhuo dance, as its called, has a history of 1,300 years in Shannan Prefecture. The dance, renowned in Tibet, was listed as an item of provincial intangible cultural heritage in 2008.

Also listed as national treasure is the writing of Nichi School, the highest level of Tibetan calligraphy. Classes teaching the traditional writing are increasing.

Tibet is home to a variety of cultural resources. In the past decade, the government has put some 170 million yuan into preserving and protecting the heritage.

"We'll make rules and regulations for protecting intangible cultural heritage and spare no efforts to pass on and revitalize the valuable cultural resources," Ji Ji from Tibet Department of Culture said.

Currently, there are 89 national intangible cultural heritage items and 68 national masters listed from Tibet. Among them, Tibetan opera and King Gesar were listed as World heritage by UNESCO in 2009.

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