Intangible Cultural Heritage


Tea cakes

Hakka culture is well-reflected in Pingshan, where residents make Hakka tea cakes for festivals. In Pingshan, every household can make tea cakes, which include a wide variety of steamed cakes and snacks. Making tea cakes is often used to gauge whether a housewife is capable of her share of domestic contributions in Hakka families. Tea cakes normally have rice or glutinous rice as a coating and are filled with salty or sweet ingredients like meat floss, beans, peanuts and bean pastes.

Kylin dance

Kylin dance has a history of more than 300 years. Some stories say the kylin is a sacred pet of the deities. Kylin are thought to be good omens and symbols of protection, prosperity, success and longevity by the Chinese.

Therefore, in the hierarchy of dances performed in Guangdong Province (lion dance, dragon dance, etc.), the kylin ranks highly; third only to the dragon and phoenix dances.

In the kylin dance, movements are characterized by fast, powerful strokes of the head. The kylin dance is often regarded as a hard dance to perform because of the weight of the head and required stances and outbursts of strength, power and energy.