Glimpses of Shandong's cultural heritages

(| Updated : 2022-04-01

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Shandong province has a wealth of cultural treasures, including intangible cultural heritage items. Here are a few examples of what you might find in the province.


Jinan's shadow puppets are an important part of Shandong's shadow puppetry tradition, which has a history that dates back 500 years. [Photo/WeChat account: sdswltwx]


A set of colored glaze products made in Boshan district, Zibo, Shandong province. China's colored glaze has a global reputation, and it originated during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). [Photo/WeChat account: sdswltwx]


A Yangjiabu woodblock New Year painting. Yangjiabu village in Hanting district, Weifang, Shandong province has been a production center for New Year paintings since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). As a national intangible cultural heritage, the art form is one of China's three traditional New Year folk painting styles, along with Tianjin's Yangliuqing and Suzhou's Taohuawu. [Photo/WeChat account: sdswltwx]


Ruyi Pistache woodcarving is a form of folk art from the city of Qufu in Shandong province, which is famous as the birthplace of Confucius. The carvings are usually associated with historical acts of goodwill, and the heads of the artworks are often shaped like  propitious clouds. Carved from the wood of the Chinese Pistache tree, they are usually lifelike and highly detailed. [Photo/WeChat account: sdswltwx]


Dongchang carved gourds are specialty handicrafts from Liaocheng, Shandong province. Gourd carvings in Dongchang follow in the traditional footsteps of Chinese painting and calligraphy. [Photo/WeChat account: sdswltwx]