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  • Artisan Zhang Jizhu demonstrates pinwheel making at an event marking the first anniversary of the establishment of the Xicheng District Century Traditional Culture Inheritance Association in Beijing on April 28
  • Lu Jiayin, a primary school student in Beijing, makes a pinwheel in class on May 2
  • A dough sculpture on display at the event
  • A Beijing resident shows a band she knitted during a course on May 2
  • Craftswoman Ma Qinghua teaches knot knitting at a Beijing community on May 2
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By Wei Yao

Ma Qinghua, a craftsperson skilled in making traditional Chinese accessories, conducts a weekly thread-knitting class to pass on the intangible heritage to residents of a Beijing community.

The course is a service purchased by the community from the Xicheng District Century Traditional Culture Inheritance Association and provided to residents for free. Around 30 locals have signed up for the class.

Zhao Peizhu, 64, said the course has improved the dexterity of her fingers and is good for her health. She also derives a sense of achievement by sending her knitting work to her granddaughter.

In addition to communities, the association, founded in 2016 and counting more than 50 artisans as its members, promotes traditional culture among school students.

Liu Lu, a fine arts teacher at a primary school in Haidian District, said it has collaborated with the association to deliver a series of courses in paper cutting, kite making and Peking Opera facial makeup.

"Introducing intangible cultural heritage to classes enables more students to get to know and fall in love with traditional culture," said Liu.

Tong Yanhong, the association's Executive Vice President, said the association will improve its services by offering training to artisans. For instance, they will be trained in communication skills so that they can conduct courses more effectively.

Copyedited by Chris Surtees

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