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Intangible Cultural Heritages in Shanxi

Yangge-xi (Yangge Opera) in Shanxi

Shadow Play

Shadow play, an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment using opaque, often shows figures in front of an illuminated backdrop to create the illusion of moving images. It is widespread in most regions in China and the different tunes are linked to different places, including, the Huaxian shadow play, Huayinlaoqiang shadow play, Egong-qiang shadow play, xianbanqiang shadow play of Shannxi Province... More

Paper-cut (Jianzhi)

Zhongyang County of Shanxi Province is located in the Lvliang Prefecture in the middle regions of the Yellow River. The paper-cut in this area are simplistic and have a unique local flavor, allowing the paper-cut the cultural preference and artistic shape. More

Folk shehuo (Springtime Festivities)

As a popular entertainment during Spring Festival, the ancient folk art Shehuo (springtime festivities), originates in the worship of earth and fire. "She" is translated as "the god of earth", while "huo" is translated as "the legendary god of fire." In ancient China, agriculture was regarded as the cornerstone of society and earth was the essential method of sustenance. More

Jinnan Weifeng Luogu

Linfen, the birthplace of Yao (a legendary monarch in ancient China) and the place where Yao found the capital commonly known as Pingyang, is a cradle of China's splendid culture of five thousand years. Being one category of folk art of luogu, Weifeng Luogu has a long history as well as a solid base in Linfen City, Shanxi Province. More

Buddhist Music of Mount Wutai

Situated in the northeast of Shanxi Province, Mount Wutai is one branch of Taihang Mountains and is famous for its unusual topography consists of five rounded peaks. It is the only one sacred mountain containing both Chinese Buddhism (called Qing Temple) and Tibetan Buddhism (called Huang Temple) in China. Two parts form the Wutaishan Buddhist music, particularly, vocal music and instrumental music. More

Gaoqiao (Stilt Dancing)

Gaoqiao, also known as gaoqiao yangge, is a folk dance widely distributed throughout China which is so named because performers walk on stilts while dancing (note: qiao in Chinese means stilts). Time-honored gaoqiao originated from an acrobatic show in ancient times. More

Yicheng Huagu ('flower drum')

Located in the south of Linfen City, Yicheng County has been a vital proponent of connecting Shaanxi and Gansu to the west and Henan and Hebei to the east in the past. Yicheng Huagu has a long history. Its history has been recorded on the tablet of the Yang Family's ancestral hall in Yicheng: “Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty settled in Chang’an City, the people are happy from the bottom of their hearts, may we celebrate the lantern festival every year, the country is at peace and the people are in harmony, let’s perform Huagu to celebrate the new year.” More

Yangge-xi (Yangge Opera)

Yangge-xi is a folk drama popular in the northern areas, covering the provinces of Shanxi, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and Shandong. Derived from the songs singed by farmers working on the fields, Yangge-xi combines the folk art, acrobatics and martial art in its later development and performs as entertainment during Spring Festival and then it gradually forming itself into one type of Chinese opera. More