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Intangible cultural heritage inheritors in Yantai gain national recognition

2018/1/10 17:17:15   source:chinadaily.com.cn

China's Ministry of Culture has announced a list of artists with the official responsibility of carrying forward the country's representative intangible cultural heritage.

Five inheritors of intangible cultural heritage in Yantai were included in the list, bringing the total number of Yantai artists in the list to nine.

Zhu Daxiang was recognized as one of the representative inheritors of "Changdao yuhao", or work songs sung by fishermen in the Changdao county of Yantai. The work song dates back to more than 380 years. With simple lyrics, the work song can synchronize movements when fishermen are engaged in heavy manual labor. In 2008, it was included in the list of the second batch of the national intangible cultural heritage.

Intangible cultural heritage inheritors in Yantai gain national recognition

Fishermen chant "Changdao yuhao" in the Changdao county of Yantai, to synchronize movements. [Photo/WeChat account: ytswgxj]

Sheng Yubin and Yu Xin were recognized as representative inheritors of "Haiyang yangko", a folk dance that traces back to 1425 in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). At first, it was performed solely at the sea sacrifice festival. It has been included in the compulsory education in Haiyang, a county-level city under the governance of Yantai.

Intangible cultural heritage inheritors in Yantai gain national recognition

Sheng Yubin (front), one of the inheritors of "Haiyang yangko", a folk dance popular in Yantai, Shandong province, stages a performance dressed in colorful costumes. [Photo/WeChat account: ytswgxj]

Luan Shujuan, was recognized as the representative inheritor of Yantai paper-cutting. Known for its intricate skills and innovative characters, Yantai paper-cutting boasts a long history as it can be dated back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It features various themes such as plum blossoms, phoenix and peony flowers, Chinese zodiac symbols, famous tourist attractions, Peking opera masks and Olympic mascots.

Intangible cultural heritage inheritors in Yantai gain national recognition

Luan Shujuan (right), one of the inheritors of Yantai paper-cutting, presents her work depicting a delicate pot. [Photo/WeChat account: ytswgxj]

Guo Lantang, was recognized as the inheritor of the traditional producing skills of Longkou fensi, or vermicelli made from bean starch. Longkou fensi has a history of more than 300 years. With high-quality starch made from mung bean and pea as its ingredients and traditional making process, the specialty boasts a refreshing flavor.

Intangible cultural heritage inheritors in Yantai gain national recognition

Workers are busy making Longkou fensi, or vermicelli made from bean starch, in a traditional method. [Photo/WeChat account: ytswgxj]

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