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Foreign Friends Experience Hunan Intangible Cultural Heritage in Changsha

Updated: 2019-08-26

Hunan Library held an intangible cultural heritage activity on theme of “charming intangible cultural heritage and splendid Hunan” at the Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall in Yuhua District, Changsha on August 25. More than 100 foreign friends from over 20 countries experienced the unique charm of Hunan culture here.

Jiang Ji (Chinese name), the man in a blue shirt, coming from Pakistan, writes “China” and “Pakistan” in Nvshu (Women's Script) under the guidance of Nvshu inheritor Li Ailian (1st L), who is also vice president of the Hunan Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection, Development, and Promotion Association, at Ailian Nvshu School of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall in Yuhua District, Changsha. (Photo/Wang Haohao)

“I have become quite proficient in writing Chinese characters. Nvshu has more strokes and is written in a different way,” said Jiang Ji.

The art of Nvshu, a rare Chinese syllabic script used exclusively amongst women in Jiangyong. It is a long-diamond-shaped ancient character with only such four strokes as point, vertical, diagonal, and arc. It wasn’t until 1950s that it became known to the outside world. It is the “most gender specific language in the world”.

“I have never thought before that there are gender specific characters in the world, and they are passed on to women only. It's amazing.” Nuevo, from the Philippines, was on holiday in Changsha. He was introduced by a friend to participate in the event. He has been asking Li Ailian for detailed information about Nvshu.

“It is such a great thing for China to carry on and give a full display to this ancient culture,” said Nuevo. He also shared his stories. He said that the Philippines and China are close neighbors and many people regarded him as a Chinese after he came to China. There are many Chinese in the Philippines. It is true that Philippine and Chinese cultures have something in common.

Foreign friends experience archery. (Photo/Wang Haohao)


Chinese tea art exhibition. (Photo/Wang Haohao)

Nie Hong (Chinese name) from Russia, who is currently an undergraduate student majoring in e-commerce at the Central South University, made a special trip to a tea cultural center after the event. He said that he was exposed to Chinese tea in Russia five years ago. After he first came to Changsha in 2018, he spent four days visiting the city’s major tea factories.

“Russians also drink tea, but the tea leaves and the drinking ways are different,” said Nie Hong. He likes to drink Pu’er tea and Dahongpao tea the best. He has learned Chinese tea art and spent 700 yuan on tea sets. He made tea for friends when they came.


Foreign friends take photos. (Photo/Wang Haohao)

Translator: Kuang Zhenzhen
Chinese source: hn.chinanews.com