Three ancestral treasures

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Three ancestral treasures (三樣寶; sān yàng bǎo, 三宗寶; sān zōng bǎo, or 三寶; sān bǎo) refers to three treasured items coming from a particular region within the culture of China. Each region has its own three treasures passed down from generations.

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List of regional treasures

The following is sorted alphabetically by region:

RegionsItems
Baoding baoding balls (鐵球), flour sauce (面醬), Ardisia squamulosa presl (春不老) [1]
Gansu Lanzhou hookah (蘭州水煙), Hequ horse (河曲馬), honeydew melon (白蘭瓜) [2]
Guangdong chenpi (陳皮), aged ginger (老薑), hay (禾稈草) [3] [4]
Lin'an City tea leaf (茶葉), dried bamboo shoots (筍乾), hickory nut (山核桃) [2]
Northeast China ginseng (人參), mink fur (貂皮), Carex meyeriana grass (烏拉草) [2]
Qinghai deer velvet antler (鹿茸), musk (麝香), Cordyceps (冬蟲草) [2]
Tianjin drum tower (鼓樓), artillery battery (炮臺), small-bell chambers (鈴鐺閣) [2]

See also

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The Three Treasures or Three Jewels are theoretical cornerstones in traditional Chinese medicine and practices such as Neidan, Qigong, and T'ai chi. They are also known as Jing Qi Shen. Despeux summarizes.

Jing, qi, and shen are three of the main notions shared by Taoism and Chinese culture alike. They are often referred to as the Three Treasures, an expression that immediately reveals their importance and the close connection among them. The ideas and practices associated with each term, and with the three terms as a whole, are complex and vary considerably in different contexts and historical periods. (2008:562)

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