Recently, three Chinese cities have been designated as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, according to the official website of UNESCO.
Suzhou in Jiangsu province and Jingdezhen in Jiangxi provinces have been designated as "City of Craft and Folk Arts"; Shunde in Guangdong province has been named the "City of Gastronomy."
The Creative Cities Network was established by the UNESCO in 2004 and includes seven categories (Craft and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music). Aimed at boosting innovation and maintaining cultural diversity, it encourages member cities to share experience in promoting the local heritage, so as to cope with the influx of globalization.
A total of 69 cities from 32 countries worldwide have been listed in the network. Currently, nine Chinese cities are listed on the UNESCO's network. Let’s have a look at the other cities.
2012: Beijing - "City of Design", Hangzhou - "City of Craft and Folk Arts"
2010: Shanghai - "City of Design", Chengdu - "City of Gastronomy", Harbin - "City of Music"
2008: Shenzhen - "City of Design"