Traditional design and practices for building Chinese wooden arch bridges UNESCO Marks

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ICH Domain Traditional craft skills, Urgent Safeguarding List
Name of UNESCO List Urgent Safeguarding List
Type of UNESCO List
Incribed year in UNESCO List
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Local Name traditional design and Practices for Building Chinese Woven-Wood-Beam Arch Bridges with Covered Passageways
Location (Address) The locations of traditional design and practices for building Chinese wooden arch bridges range between 118°32′and 120°52′ East longitude and 26°17′ and 27°50′ North latitude. The administrative regions cover the northeastern part of Fujian Province, and the southwestern part of Zhejiang Province. The key areas cover Pingnan, Shouning and Zhouning Counties of Ningde City in Fujian Province, as well as Taishun and Qingyuan Counties in Zhejiang Province. The locations where the craftsmanship is applied extend to Fuzhou and Nanping Cities in Fujian Province as well as the Wenzhou and Lishui City areas in Zhejiang Province.
Name of National List National List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Management Organization of National List Intangible Cultural Heritage Department of the Ministry of Culture of China
Summary Traditional design and practices for building Chinese wooden arch bridges combine the use of wood, traditional architectural tools, craftsmanship, the core technologies of “beam-weaving” and mortise & tenon joints, and an experienced woodworker’s understanding of different environments and structural mechanics to build wooden arch bridges. The combination is blended and directed by the woodworking master and implemented by many other woodworkers and manifests the highest traditional Chinese building skill. The cultural space created by traditional Chinese arch bridges has provided an ecology for growing communication, understanding and respect among human beings.
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