Xiamen's intangible cultural heritage
A: I know you're not originally from here, but I think you’ve lived here a while?
B: More than a decade. I enjoy my work but it's Xiamen’s charm that keeps me here.
A: You're lucky to have found a place that fits you so well. What is it about Xiamen that draws you in?
B: I love that it's a modern city but that there's still a connection to the arts and culture of days gone by.
A: Yes, there's a real sense of history being alive here, not just in old books.
B: No doubt. You can still listen to ancient Nanyin music, purchase lacquer thread sculptures and watch a Gezai opera. All those items are important parts of China's intangible cultural heritage.
A: Someone told me that Nanyin music has one of China's longest musical traditions, potentially even dating back more than a thousand years.
B: It really prospered during the Tang Dynasty. Even today, it's performed with traditional music instruments and sung in the dialect of southen Fujian. It has spread around the world along with the Chinese diaspora.
A: What about the lacquer thread sculpture you just mentioned?
B: Lacquer thread sculpture also dates back more than a millennium and was originally used for Buddhist sculpture. It prospered along the southeastern coast along with the spread of Buddhism.
A: Where can I see it?
B:I know a store nearby selling lacquer thread sculptures. We can go there if you want.
A: Great. Let's go together.