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Nantong intangible cultural heritages make national list

en.nantong.gov.cn Updated: 2020-12-23

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A piece of Rugao silk carpet [Photo/WeChat account: ntwgx6]

Techniques for producing Rugao silk carpet and Wangshi Baochiwan in Nantong were included in the fifth list of national intangible cultural heritage items, which was recently published by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Rugao silk carpet originated from weaving techniques dating back more than 2,000 years and developed its own regional style in the late Ming (1368-1644) and early Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

It uses high-quality wild silk and consists of colorful pictures made through knotting.

The carpets, which are featured at several foreign museums, have been sent as national gifts to the United Nations and can also be seen at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse and the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

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Wangshi Baochiwan [Photo/WeChat account: ntwgx6]

Wangshi Baochiwan, invented by Wang Luqing, a famous doctor in Nantong, in 1840, is a traditional Chinese medicine used mainly to treat digestive problems in children. 

The production makes use of the centrifugal force to mix various medicinal powders in distinct orders through 66 steps, reflecting the intricate preparation techniques used for traditional Chinese medicine.

Nantong is currently home to 10 intangible cultural heritage items at the national level, 53 at the provincial level, and 148 municipal level.