Reading Practice ﹠Cultural Corner
Chinese Cultural Heritage Bid for UNESCO
Read the passage and answer the questions.
1. Which items will be included in a bid to
be added to the UNESCO list? Traditional Chinese Medicine and MidAutumn Festival 2. Which are other examples of China's intangible cultural heritage? Shaolin kung fu, the world's longest epic poem of Tibetan King Gesser and Chenstyle Tai Chi.
Decide which sentence does not refer to the main idea of the passage.
1. Every two years the directory is enlarged by giving √ each country the chance to recommend one candidate. 2. The application for TCM would highlight the fact that traditional Chinese medicine is a culture that has existed for thousands of years. 3. With more than 50 million Chinese living and working overseas, the Mid-Autumn Festival reminds them of their Chinese origins and would help to unite Chinese people all over the world. 4. UNESCO's agenda for the world's tangible and intangible heritage is also to act as a warning system for sites which are at the mercy of redevelopment, pollution or even the effects of tourism, and cultural activities which are in danger.
Choose the best answers.
1. Protecting an item of world heritage begins ____. a. when it has been included on the list b. as soon as the bid is made √ c. once every two years d. if the bid to UNESCO is successful
2. Including TCM on the UNESCO List will highlight ____. a. that it is old-fashioned and still developing as a medical science b. √ the advantages of its treatment, its legal status abroad and its use in medical research c. the theories and experiences of its practitioners d. its advantages in treating AIDS and malaria
Choose the best answers.
3. The bid to include the Mid-Autumn Festival on the UNESCO list ____. a. suggests it is in danger b. cultural activity √ is an example ofall over the worldwhich unites Chinese people c. is an opportunity to recommend symbolic ambassadors d. reflects Chinese cultural traditions 4. The UNESCO list of world tangible and intangible heritage ____. a. protects sites and items in danger of disappearing b. both celebrates and protects sites and items of cultural importance c. celebrates world cultural activities and traditions d. √ protects sites of cultural importance which are in danger
Complete the sentences in your own words.
1 TCM is being recommended as a candidate for the it's an ancient tradition UNESCO list because ___________________________ . 2 The Mid-Autumn Festival reminds Chinese people it helps to unite overseas of their origins, so _______________________ Chinese people all over the world __________________________________________.
3 If a site is not protected, UNESCO _________________ may take it off the list of World Heritage Sites ____________________________________________. 4 A successful bid requires ________________________ cultural diplomacy and knowledge of UNESCO's system ____________________________________________.
Do you know what the sayings mean?
? An old man’s sayings are seldom untrue. 不听老人言，吃亏在眼前。 ? An old horse knows the way.
老马识途。 ? If you wish good advice, consult an old man. 若要听忠言，求救老人前。
Read the passage quickly and answer the question.
? When and why did the Living Treasure Program start? What is Living Treasure ？ Have you heard of a similar program in China?
How does the Living Treasures Program work?
? Old members of the community are selected to be celebrated by the town. They are filmed, recorded and photographed, and these things are displayed as reference for everyone.
Read the passage quickly ,true or false?
? 1. The Living Treasure Program is only carried out in the state of New Mexico. F ? 2. The Living Treasure Program is also F carried out in Japan. ? 3. The living treasures are all very important people in the town. F ? 4. The living treasures are honoured because they have made contributions to the protection of their culture. T
? What do you think of the program in New Mexico? ? Do you think it a good idea to have a similar program in China?
? 1. Learn more about the World’s Cultural Heritage. ? 2. Preview the reading passage on page 72-73.