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Two Attractions Inscribed on the List of Zhejiang Intangible Cultural Heritage 2018-05-31
Two tourist attractions that border the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal have recently been listed in the third group of Zhejiang’s intangible cultural heritages. After declaration, recommendation and evaluation, 17 intangible cultural heritage theme towns and 13 folk culture villages in Zhejiang Province were selected which includes these remarkable two:  Qiaoxi Historic Block and Tangqi Water Town.


Qiaoxi Historic Block successfully made it into the list because it is an essential part of the Grand Canal world cultural heritage and with live workmanship demonstration on its doorstep the block is rich in arts and crafts as well as home to a number of cultural museums, traditional Chinese opera, teahouses and stores selling Guqin (Chinese zither) and ceramic crafts.


In the Workmanship Demonstration Pavilion many traditional crafts, AKA Chinese intangible cultural heritages, are shown. These are: the world-class intangible cultural heritage ‘sericulture and silk craftsmanship of China’, the state-level intangible cultural heritage ‘Fuyang bamboo paper making skills’ and Zhejiang Province’s intangible cultural heritage ‘Hangzhou Tianzhu Chopstick making skills’.


With the Grand Canal flowing through it, Tangqi Town has been the waterway portal of Hangzhou for centuries. Before the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127 AD), Tangqi was no more than a fishing village. Later, in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 AD), Tangqi developed into a flourishing town because of the broadening of the Grand Canal. In the Ming (1368-1644 AD) and Qing (1644-1912 AD) Dynasties, Tangqi reached its height, and ranks first in the Ten Famous Towns of Jiangnan Region.


The glorious history blessed this town with abundant cultural heritage and historical relics. Guangji Bridge (广济桥) was built about five hundred years ago and is the only seven-arch bridge now preserved on the Grand Canal.
 
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