Hainan issues policy to protect intangible cultural heritage
Hainan government recently issued a set of measures to protect the region's abundant intangible cultural heritage.
Since 2004 the government has collected 2000 precious materials and documents, 10,000 photographs, made text records of about 50 million Chinese characters and compiled dozens of general survey studies, covering altogether about 20,000 items of intangible cultural heritage from across the island.
Under the new legislation, a database recording the traditional Li spinning, dyeing and weaving techniques will be completed by 2013, and guidelines for the regional cultural intangible heritage will be set up by 2014.
The regional authorities will also provide more support for heirs of the cultural items, and will speed up the construction of museums, exhibition centers and educational institutes devoted to the preservation and promotion of intangible cultural heritage.
Hainan will establish cultural protection zones in 20 villages that are known to have a high concentration of intangible cultural heritage items and have more than 50 heirs to these items by 2015.