Muqam is a large comprehensive classical art performance integrating singing, dancing and music. It originated from folk culture and developed in the palaces and official mansions of oasis city-states. Following integration and development, it has formed a diverse, integrated, complete, improvisational and popular art style and become an important form of artistic expression of the Chinese Uygur ethnic group. Its distinctive feature lies in its free and unrestrained nature, as well as the simple yet powerful music rhythm and dance pace. With the approval from the State Council of China, Muqam was included into the list of the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage on May 20, 2006.