China Daily Global Weekly
New items added to cultural heritage list
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced a new group of 325 national intangible cultural heritage items on June 10 in Beijing, increasing the list established in 2006 to 1,557 items.
Judges organized by the ministry selected the new items from 943 nominations from around the country falling under 11 categories, which include folklore, traditional music, dance, opera, sports, arts, crafts, medicine, and, a new category, diet.
“One reason for adding the new category this year was that nominations concerning traditional diet made up one-sixth of the total, a rather high proportion,” said Wang Chenyang, director of the ministry’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Department.
Traditional diet used to be classified among traditional crafts in the list. However, its judging standards vary considerably from those for other crafts, such as pottery, textile technology or architecture, he said.