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China's traditional tea-making enters UNESCO cultural heritage list

China's traditional tea-making enters UNESCO cultural heritage list

China, UNESCO, PRC, tea, Intangible cultural heritage
Villagers pick tea leaves at a tea garden in Mianxian County of Hanzhong City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. Photo by Xinhua/Tao Ming.
Villagers pick tea leaves at a tea garden in Mianxian County of Hanzhong City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. Photo by Xinhua/Tao Ming.

China's traditional tea-making was added to the intangible cultural heritage list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This was reported by The Xinhua News Agency.

The item "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 ongoing here in the Moroccan capital.

China now has 43 items on the intangible cultural heritage list, continuing to be the most enlisted country in the world.

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

"We will apply for and promote more of the intangible cultural heritage projects with Chinese characteristics and showcasing Chinese spirit and wisdom, so as to better promote Chinese culture to go global", – he added.

The traditional tea processing techniques and associated social practices in China consist of knowledge, skills, and practices concerning the management of tea plantations, picking of tea leaves, manual processing, drinking, and sharing of tea.

Fang Zhou (L) learns to make Wuyi rock tea, a type of oolong tea, from his mother at a workshop in Xingcun Township of the city of Wuyishan, southeast China's Fujian Province. Photo by Xinhua/Wei Peiquan.

Since ancient times, Chinese people have been planting, picking, making and drinking tea. Tea producers have developed six categories of tea: green, yellow, dark, white, oolong and black teas. Together with reprocessed teas, such as flower-scented teas, there are over 2,000 tea products in China.

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

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