|A specialty shop sells Dongba paper products in Lijiang Old Town, southwest China's Yunnan Province. [Xinhua]|
Featuring a fusion of papermaking craft from the Han and Tibetan peoples, the Dongba papermaking technique was listed within the first batch of National Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2006.
The whole process comprises gathering materials, soaking, stewing, beating, stirring, calendering, sun-drying and so on.
In recent years, the cultural sector of Lijiang government has enacted measures to protect the traditional technique. For example, those who have mastered the Dongba papermaking craft are encouraged to recruit apprentices to better pass on the tradition.
Lijiang Old Town in Yunan Province has dozens of handmade paper workshops now, producing solid moth proof and wear-resistant Dongba paper. The paper is sought by numerous tourists at home and abroad as a unique souvenir.
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