16 October 2018
A Cantonese opera presentation on Lamma Island. Photo: AFP
A Cantonese opera presentation on Lamma Island. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong unveils list of intangible cultural heritage

Hong Kong is known worldwide as a shopping paradise, but it has much more to offer.

The city has a rich and unique cultural heritage that offers so many intangibles such Cantonese opera, the Dragon Boat Festival and traditional Chinese medicine.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) on Tuesday announced the first inventory of Hong Kong’s intangible cultural heritage, which includes 480 items.

The items are listed under five main categories. Oral traditions and expressions, including language; performing arts; social practices, rituals and festive events; knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe; and traditional craftsmanship.

The inventory covers oral legends of lineages, Cantonese opera, jiao festivals, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Yu Lan Festival, fire dragon dances, traditional Chinese medicine, herbal tea and the techniques for making pineapple bun, milk tea, Yuan Yang mixed milk tea and coffee, and Ding Ding candy.

The list was compiled after three years of a territory-wide research and data collection, as well as a public consultation held last year, an LCSD spokesperson said.

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A Dragon Boat race in Aberdeen. Photo: Reuters

Experts prepare ingredients for traditional Chinese medicine. Photo: AFP

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