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Ethnic discovery in Hainan


One of the most fascinating aspects of Hainan Island are its ethnic minority groups, the original inhabitants who have lived here, relatively undisturbed, for thousands of years. Their culture, customs, and way of life remain largely intact, especially if you venture into the mountainous heartland of the island.


Traditional Li textiles showcased in UNESCO


An exhibition showcasing traditional Li textiles of Hainan province opened at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Sept 6.

Hainan’s nine national intangible cultural heritages


Yazhou folk song, mainly passed down by singing of handwritten lyrics, is one of the ancient styles of Hainan folk song, and attracts a wide audience in Sanya, Huangliu Village of Ledong County and territory affiliated to ancient Yazhou.

Hainan opera


Hainan opera has been a part of Hainan Island culture since three hundred years ago. From the 1740s to the 1790s the number of theatre halls in Haikou where operas were performed for the locals started to slowly grow.

Li brocade weaves its way to global fame


UNESCO listed the brocade in its first endangered cultural heritage group in 2009. At the time there were only five masters of the brocade in China.