Peking Opera lianpu – turning art into businessPeking Opera lianpu – turning art into businessFacial Make-up (or lianpu) in Peking Opera, an intangible cultural heritage at local level, is facing difficulties in continuing its tradition, even though it has won some popularity among the young people since China’s reform and opening-up.

Beijing Opera in the lightBeijing Opera in the lightA performer applies makeup before a performance of the Beijing Opera during a media preview at the textile museum in Shanghai June 8, 2013.

Shu brocade weaved in China's ChengduShu brocade weaved in China's ChengduA weaver weaves Shu brocade, a traditional artwork in Southwest China's Sichuan province, in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, May 27, 2013.

Ancient sculptures at Jinci Temple in TaiyuanAncient sculptures at Jinci Temple in TaiyuanPhoto taken on May 24, 2013 shows colored sculptures at the Shengmu Dian (Hall of the Saint Mother) of Jinci Temple in Taiyuan, capital o…

Vowing to be different with the nuptialsVowing to be different with the nuptialsA groom helping his bride to finish her makeup before their wedding ceremony in Zhengzhou, the capital of Central China's Henan province.…

Stereoscopic traditional Chinese painting waiting for revivalStereoscopic traditional Chinese painting waiting for revivalShangdang heap kam(上党堆锦) created by hand completely with a history of over one thousand years is an unique traditional handicraft in …

Wuyuan Nuo dance: Living fossil of ancient danceWuyuan Nuo dance: Living fossil of ancient danceAn artist performs on an ancient stage in Wuyuan County, Jiangxi province on December 9, 2012. The Wuyuan Nuo Dance, also known as the Gh…

Editor's Note

"It is probably our last chance to save our intangible cultural heritage now and we need to take action," said Qiao Xiaoguang, director of the Research Center of Intangible Heritage of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA).

Yang fuxi, the 10th-generation inheritor of Beijing "Juyuanhao" (聚元号) bows and arrows, said his father died before he could learn the last three techniques from him; there were over 100 shadow plays (皮影戏) in western Gansu province in the 1950s, but now the best artists there can only perform around 20 of them. That so many items of intangible cultural heritage are coming closer to the brink of extinction is a worrying fact and practical protection measures are badly needed.


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