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Ningbo Establishes Distinctive Township for Intangible Cultural Heritage Preservation

On May 3rd, seven townships in Ningbo were first given the approval to establish Distinctive Township for Intangible Cultural Heritage Preservation, which was a new mode initiated by Ningbo to inherit Intangible Cultural Heritage.

These seven townships are separately Qiantong Township in Ninghai renowned for the special fair on Lantern Festival, Shipu Township in Xiangshan which celebrates the start and end of fishing season, Gaoqiao Township in Haishu, where the legend of butterfly lovers originates, Liangnong Township in Yuyao inheriting traditional craft of making pastry, Hengxi Township in Yinzhou famous for golden-painted wood carving, Meishan Subdistrict in Beilun with local lion dance and Longshan Township in Cixi inheriting traditional craft of furniture making.

With the core placed on the inheritance of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the establishment of Distinctive Township has received great support from the government and wide participation of the public. Lu Huaqian, former governor of Qiantong Township told the journalist, “Aside from the state-level intangible cultural heritage— special fair on Lantern Festival, Qiantong Township is also known for three municipal-level ones including wine dance and one at the county-level, namely, skills of making Three Treasures of Qiantong. After the establishment, it will turn into a serene place

with a slow pace of life and the cultural heritages merging into people’s daily life. Tourists can learn to make Three Treasures of Qiantong, experience bamboo weaving and become performers on the special fair. We can achieve a win-win result with tourists enjoying traditional culture and local residents gaining economic profits.

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