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Tourism, rising awareness save folk arts

By Zhao Kai (China Daily)

08:09, July 29, 2013

The covered bridge found in ethnic Dong areas was used as the setting for a show during the festival. (China Daily/Zhu Xingxin)

Guizhou's colorful cultures producing popular crafts

In the modern era of rapid development and social transformation, the preservation of folk arts in Guizhou and other parts of the country has been at times difficult.

But experts say booming tourism surrounding the colorful cultures in the province is likely to greatly help protect folk arts because of their increasing attention and awareness from locals and tourists.

They said a growing market in recent years for handicrafts, especially those from ethnic regions, creates better conditions for passing down the craftsmanship to younger generations, saving many art forms on the verge of extinction.

In the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong autonomous prefecture in southeast Guizhou where ethnic minorities account for 82 percent of the population, handicrafts like silver ornaments, batik and embroidery have earned wide recognition across the country and even in the world.

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