Ansai waist drum, paper cutting, and farmer drawing are known as the Three Famous Things of Ansai. Ansai county has become a cultural county in China due to these cultural elements. In 2006, Ansai paper cutting was listed in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritages with the approval of the State Council.
Ansai paper cutting, with attractive appearance and exquisite craftsmanship, has a profound historical and cultural connotation. Having contents in many aspects including aesthetics, history, philosophy, folk-custom, archaeology, and cultural anthropology, Ansai paper cutting is hailed as an “aboveground cultural relic” and a cultural “living fossil”. Diversified forms of Ansai paper cutting, which are simple in form and meaning, are full of the wishes for peace and prosperity.