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About 200 historic villages documented in China

Updated: May 3,2015 2:32 PM     Xinhua

TIANJIN — Over 200 traditional Chinese villages have been surveyed and documented, a State Council consultant said on May 3.

Writer, artist and calligrapher Feng Jicai, chairman of the Chinese Folk Literature and Art Society, said more than 2,500 traditional villages had been included on a protection list since a nationwide survey started in June 2014. Over 200 of those villages have since been fully documented.

The survey brought together several organizations of domestic artists, photographers and writers as well as the ministries of housing and urban-rural development, culture and finance along with the state cultural relics bureau in 2012.

The documentation of traditional villages includes 25 items of information under eight categories based on academic perspectives from anthropology, history, folklore and cultural heritage.

“With recorded words and pictures, the intangible cultural heritage of these villages is officially identified,” Feng said.

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