Browse the Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Register of good safeguarding practices

The Committee meets annually to evaluate nominations proposed by States Parties to the 2003 Convention and decide whether or not to inscribe those cultural practices and expressions of intangible heritage on the Convention’s Lists.

By clicking on the inscribed elements listed below, you can discover the nominations, photos and videos, together with Committee decisions and evidence of community consent.

You may also experience a conceptual, visual and interactive navigation through ‘Dive into Intangible Cultural Heritage’ interfaces which demonstrate the thematic interconnectedness between all the elements inscribed and their relation to nature or to threats.

The designations employed in the texts and documents of the nomination presented by the submitting State Party or States Parties do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Committee nor UNESCO concerning a) the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, b) the legal status of its authorities or c) the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

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Results : 43 elements corresponding to 1 region and 3 countries



Traditional tea processing techniques and associated social practices in ChinaChina


Ong Chun/Wangchuan/Wangkang ceremony, rituals and related practices for maintaining the sustainable connection between man and the oceanChina – Malaysia


Lum medicinal bathing of Sowa Rigpa, knowledge and practices concerning life, health and illness prevention and treatment among the Tibetan people in ChinaChina


The Twenty-Four Solar Terms, knowledge in China of time and practices developed through observation of the sun’s annual motionChina


Chinese Zhusuan, knowledge and practices of mathematical calculation through the abacusChina


Strategy for training coming generations of Fujian puppetry practitioners China


Chinese shadow puppetryChina
Hezhen Yimakan storytellingChina


Acupuncture and moxibustion of traditional Chinese medicineChina
Peking operaChina
Watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junksChina
Wooden movable-type printing of ChinaChina


Art of Chinese seal engravingChina
China engraved block printing techniqueChina
Chinese calligraphyChina
Chinese paper-cutChina
Chinese traditional architectural craftsmanship for timber-framed structuresChina
Craftsmanship of Nanjing Yunjin brocadeChina
Dragon Boat festivalChina
Farmers’ dance of China’s Korean ethnic groupChina
Gesar epic traditionChina
Grand song of the Dong ethnic groupChina
Mazu belief and customsChina
Mongolian art of singing, KhoomeiChina
Qiang New Year festivalChina
Regong artsChina
Sericulture and silk craftsmanship of ChinaChina
Tibetan operaChina
Traditional design and practices for building Chinese wooden arch bridgesChina
Traditional firing technology of Longquan celadonChina
Traditional handicrafts of making Xuan paperChina
Traditional Li textile techniques: spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroideringChina
Xi’an wind and percussion ensembleChina
Yueju operaChina


Guqin and its musicChina
Kun Qu operaChina
Urtiin Duu, traditional folk long songChina – Mongolia
Uyghur Muqam of XinjiangChina



Ong Chun/Wangchuan/Wangkang ceremony, rituals and related practices for maintaining the sustainable connection between man and the oceanChina – Malaysia



Urtiin Duu, traditional folk long songChina – Mongolia