UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritages in China (Ⅳ) (5)

(People's Daily Online) 15:23, May 30, 2023


The item, "Hua'er" was inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

In Gansu and Qinghai provinces and throughout north-central China, people of nine different ethnic groups share a music tradition known as Hua'er.

The music is drawn from an extensive traditional repertoire named after ethnicities, towns or flowers ('Tu People's ling', 'White Peony ling'), and lyrics are improvised in keeping with certain rules – for example, verses have three, four, five or six lines, each made up of seven syllables.

Songs may tell of young love, the hard work and weariness of the farming life, the foibles of men and women or the joy of singing.

The songs are also a vivid oral record of recent social developments in China as singers comment on the changes they observe around them.


(Web editor: Zhong Wenxing, Liang Jun)


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