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Acupuncture and Unesco List

BEIJING – ACUPUNCTURE and Peking Opera have been selected as candidates for Unesco intangible cultural heritage status.

‘That’s significant, particularly for acupuncture, which is widely practiced in more than 160 countries and regions worldwide,’ said Huang Jianyin, deputy secretary-general with the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, a non-governmental organisation based in Beijing.

China filed the application last year.

‘Landing the status would help improve and secure the notion across the world that acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medical procedures were created in China by the Chinese,’ he told China Daily on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Chinese printing with wooden movable type, the technique for leak-proof partitions of Chinese junks and the Uygur folk performance Meshrep were also proposed for intangible cultural heritage status as they are in need of urgent safeguarding, the Paris-based organization said on Wednesday.

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