JINGXIAN, July 23 (Xinhua) -- As one of China's Four Treasures of Study and a type of handmade paper, Xuan paper was originally produced in ancient China and used for both Chinese traditional calligraphy and painting. The traditional process of making Xuan paper was listed as national intangible cultural heritage in 2006 and was also included on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage in 2009.
Dingjiaqiao Township, a small town located in Jingxian County of east China's Anhui Province, is the birthplace of Xuan paper. Serving as China's largest production base for Xuan paper, Dingjiaqiao has taken a series of measures to develop Xuan paper and related industries.
The thriving industries has boosted local revitalization by increasing residents' income and job opportunities. At present, over 10,000 local residents in Dingjiaqiao are engaged in industries related to Xuan paper, and local production capacity has reached over 10,000 tons annually.
In recent years, many people have chosen to return to Dingjiaqiao and work in Xuan paper-related industries, bringing vitality to the time-honored paper and industry. Fans, hanging scrolls and couplets...various delicate handcrafts made of such traditional paper are commonly seen and used, and some cultural products have gone viral on the Internet.