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Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Friday, July 31 2020 - 13:31
Culture Nurtures Life in "Kite Capital of the World"
WEIFANG, China, July 31, 2020 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

Data from Weifang municipal bureau of culture and tourism showed that, as of 
April this year, Weifang had 331 representative intangible cultural heritage 
projects above the municipal level with a total of 289 representative 
inheritors, and those above the provincial level and their inheritors are among 
the top three in Shandong Province.

Weifang, also known as "kite capital of the world", was called Wei County in 
ancient times. Located in the middle of Shandong Peninsula, Weifang enjoys a 
long history, profound cultural background and rich and colorful intangible 
cultural heritages.

Culture is the root and soul of a city. In recent years, Weifang has attached 
great importance to cultural development. In 2018, Weifang opened the Shihuyuan 
intangible cultural heritage space, gathering an array of representative key 
intangible cultural heritage projects such as Weifang kites, Yangjiabu wood 
engraving Chinese New Year paintings and Zhucheng Guqin.

Last year, Weifang's Wei River Cultural and Ecological Protection Experimental 
Zone was officially upgraded to Qilu Cultural (Weifang) Ecological Protection 
Zone, which is the only national cultural and ecological protection zone in 
Shandong. The reserve covers the whole territory of Weifang and is a specific 
area highlighting the protection of intangible cultural heritage and the 
overall protection of Wei River culture.

With solid progress made in infrastructure construction in the protected areas, 
traditional culture has gradually integrated into the life and production of 
local people, enriching the city's social development.

Source: Weifang municipal bureau of culture and tourism

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   Caption: Photo taken on July 8 showed that children were learning about 
kite-making in the Shihuyuan community in Weifang.


   Caption: Li Jinbo, a city-level representative inheritor of the national 
intangible cultural heritage project of Gaomi paper-cutting is creating 
paper-cutting works featuring a hundred of different dragons.