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Chinese Tai Chi enters UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

Updated: Dec 18,2020 10:32 AM    Xinhua
Aerial photo taken on Dec 14, 2020 shows students practising Taijiquan at a traditional martial art school in Chenjiagou village, Wenxian county, Jiaozuo city of Central China's Henan province. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed on Dec 17 China's Taijiquan on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Taijiquan, a kind of traditional martial arts, was born in the mid-17th century in a small village named Chenjiagou located in Central China's Henan province, before it spread to more than 150 countries and regions, attracting more than 100 million people to practise. [Photo/Xinhua]
Aerial photo shows the celebration of Taijiquan inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in Chenjiagou village, Wenxian county, Jiaozuo city of Central China's Henan province, Dec 17, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
Students practise Taijiquan at a traditional martial art school in Chenjiagou village, Wenxian county, Jiaozuo city of Central China's Henan province, Dec 14, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
Two little children practise Taijiquan outside a traditional martial art school in Chenjiagou village, Wenxian county, Jiaozuo city of Central China's Henan province, June 29, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — Chinese Tai Chi, a centuries-old martial art and now a popular form of exercise, was inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on the evening of Dec 17 (Beijing Time).

The inclusion of Tai Chi marks that currently China has 42 intangible cultural heritage items on the list, ranking first in the world, according to China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Another honored entry is "Wangchuan ceremony and related practices for maintaining the sustainable connection between man and the ocean," which was nominated by China together with Malaysia.

A total of 50 intangible cultural heritage candidates from 57 countries have been submitted for review by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the UNESCO at the 15th session of the committee, which is held online between Dec 14 and 19.

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