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China’s Intangible Heritage

China is ranked number 1 in a rating of nations with the best UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. UNESCO has 42 items of intangible cultural heritage on its list at present. France is ranked second with intangible heritage items. Japan is ranked third. There are 22 cultural heritage components in Japan. With 21 intangible heritage items, South Korea is ranked fourth.


The central government authorized the fifth representative list of State-level intangible cultural heritage items (185 in total) and an expanded representative list of State-level intangible cultural herit