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China’s traditional tea making enters UNESCO’s cultural heritage list

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China‘s traditional tea preparation was added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) list of intangible cultural heritage on Tuesday.

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The theme “Traditional Tea Processing Techniques and Associated Social Practices in China” passed the examination at the 17th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which is taking place here in the Moroccan capital.

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China now has 43 items on the intangible cultural heritage list, and remains the world’s most listed country.

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Wang Yongjian, head of the Chinese delegation at the UNESCO session, said the inscription will make this cultural heritage more visible to the public and help promote respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.

“We will apply and promote more intangible cultural heritage projects with Chinese characteristics and displaying Chinese spirit and wisdom, so as to better promote Chinese culture to go global,” he added.

Traditional tea processing techniques and associated social practices in China consist of knowledge, skills, and practices related to the management of tea estates, the collection of tea leaves, the manual processing, consumption, and exchange of tea.

Since ancient times, the Chinese have been planting, harvesting, brewing, and drinking tea. Tea farmers have developed six categories of tea: green, yellow, dark, white, oolong, and black tea. Along with reprocessed teas such as floral scented teas, there are more than 2,000 tea products in China.

Tea is ubiquitous in Chinese daily life, with steeped or boiled tea being served in families, workplaces, teahouses, restaurants, and temples, to name a few. It is also an important part of socialization and ceremonies such as weddings and sacrifices, UNESCO added.

The UNESCO session, which will take place from November 28 to December 3, examines 46 elements submitted by countries around the world for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, four elements for the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, five items for the Registry of Good Safeguarding Practices and a request for International Assistance. ■

(Xinhua)

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