Peking Opera


UNESCO Inscribed Peking Opera along with Acupuncture and Moxibustion

Updated: November 19, 2010

On December 16, Peking opera, along with acupuncture and moxibustion of traditional Chinese medicine, were successfully inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Culture Heritage of Humanity, after the deliberation of the 15th meeting of the Inter-government Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Nairobi.

Peking opera, along with acupuncture and moxibustion are consistently regarded as the quintessence of Chinese culture. Peking opera is a performing art famous for its unique facial paintings and the combination of dance, acrobatics, singing and speaking (including dialogue and monologue). Acupuncture and moxibustion are two important constituent parts of traditional Chinese medical science, the use this treatment method need rich experience on fixing acupoints.

Besides, three other Chinese cultural elements were listed on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. They are: maxrap (the Uygur folk performance), the watertight bulkhead technology of Chinese junks and the typography of printing with wooden movable types. 

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