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20 intangible heritage items listed

August 14, 2017

The Leisure & Cultural Services Department announced the first Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong today.


It lists 20 items for the Government's consideration for ICH preservation.


Ten of the items were recommended by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee after considering the 480 items on the city's first ICH inventory.


They are nanyin (southern tunes), ancestral clan worship in spring and autumn, Tin Hau Festival, the Pok Fu Lam fire dragon dance in Mid-Autumn Festival, the Taoist rituals of the Zhengyi school, sek pun (basin feast), the Hong Kong-style milk tea making technique, the paper crafting technique, the sewing techniques of Hong Kong-style cheongsam and kwan kwa (wedding costume), and the bamboo theatre building technique. 


The remaining 10 items have already been inscribed on China's national list of ICH.


They are Cantonese opera, herbal tea, the Cheung Chau Jiao Festival, the Tai O dragon boat water parade, the Hong Kong Chiu Chow community's Yu Lan Ghost Festival, the Tai Hang fire dragon dance, Guqin arts (the craft of Qin making), Quanzhen temples Taoist ritual music, the Hang Hau Hakka unicorn dance and Wong Tai Sin beliefs and customs.


The committee selected the items as they embody local traditional culture.


The Intangible Cultural Heritage Office will organise a special exhibition and other activities to boost public understanding of the items.


Click here for details.

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