Discover 3 Places That Impress UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritages

People attend in a cat yoga class at Brooklyn cat cafe in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., March 13, 2019.
People attend in a cat yoga class at Brooklyn cat cafe in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., March 13, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Jeenah Moon)

China will put more funds to protect its cultural heritage after getting 38 nominations from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The agency recognized the country in two categories: the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. As it celebrates even the "intangible cultural heritage," here are the three other things that have successfully impressed the organization.

China's acupuncture, Spain's building human towers tradition, Argentina and Uruguay's tango, Jamaica's reggae, and Indonesia's batik are just one of the few that makes it to UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage. But what other wonders other places have that should be on the list?

According to the South China Morning Post, Singapore has an application to include its hawker culture to UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage. The Greek Island of Crete also wants its signature Mediterranean diet to be a part of the recognition. The purest form of plant-based diet originated from this island, where 1950s studies revealed its effect to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and longer life expectancy. Unfortunately, its citizens no longer practice this method.

Ancient Indian art of yoga made it to the cultural heritage cut in 2016. However, countries could only nominate one candidate every two years. In 2014, the Indian state of Punjab won the recognition with its small community of brass and copper utensil makers. After years have passed, yoga practitioners in the state were waiting to have the spotlight again.

Belgian beer and wine are both qualified as good examples of UNESCO intangible national heritage. Although its bottles are tangible, its contents are considered part of its culture. Even Turkish coffee made it on the list in 2013 because of its special preparation techniques and uses on weddings, engagement ceremonies, fortune-telling, literature, and song.

With the recognition, China's State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) deputy director Gu Yucai revealed at a press conference at the State Council Information Office that it would allot more funds for cultural relic protection for cultural heritage from revolutionary times and in deprived areas in the country. The move came after an issued guideline last year ordered stronger revolutionary cultural heritage protection, per China.org.cn.

Gu said China holds almost 35,000 sites and monuments, more than 1 million pieces of moveable cultural relics, and 800 museums linked to the revolutionary history. These things should be protected to preserve national history.

In a joint notice from Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council's several departments, China unveiled the first batch of 15 areas that would be put under the protection and utilization of revolutionary times' cultural relics. It would span across 645 countries and 110 cities in 20 provincial-level regions that include known historical sites like the Jinggang Mountains, which is known as the "cradle of the Chinese revolution," located east China's Jiangxi Province.

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