Ancient zither, new life

Zhang Jin China Plus Published: 2017-11-08 22:44:12
Comment
Share
Share this with Close
Messenger Messenger Pinterest LinkedIn

The guqin, the "ancient zither," is a plucked seven-stringed Chinese musical instrument within the zither family.

Chinese legend says the guqin has a history of some 5,000 years, making it the oldest known instrument in China.

Guqin music was added to the 'Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity' by UNESCO in 2003.

Wang Shuxin teaches the guqin at Dongli Academy, a traditional Chinese culture school in Beijing.

(Background music: The Inebriated, performed by Wang Shuxin)

Share this story on

Most Popular

Related stories

Trending Videos

00:00:24
Woman claps for health while biking
Watch how these chefs make noodles!
Super efficient sorting robots help China deliver 30 billion packages a year.

The C4 Show

12:22
Eating Sand Worms
04:53
Travelling with Stupid: Tantastic in Beihai
09:16
Travelling with Stupid: Guangxi, A Less Travelled Path

Little Big China

03:10
Public interest in my blood
03:12
Leading the way, sport rehabilitation
03:03
Invigorating drama education

Culture

00:00:30
Interplanetary adventure film 'The Space between Us' to hit Chinese theatres in October
00:01:30
Zhuang Brocade
00:04:34
Blind footballer inspires

Food and Travel

01:01
Hot spring egg boil
00:11
Fog timelapse at Kanas Lake
01:05
The art of hand-pulled noodles

Biz and Tech

00:00:34
Intelligent robots gather in Beijing
01:28
China's growing influence on the worldwide economy
02:15
The future

Tibet Short Documetaries

01:09
Guozhuang, Tibetan square dance
00:44
Lingka Festival in Tibet
01:12
Mönpa Ache Lhamo, a genre of Tibetan opera

The Great Shokunin

02:12
Sichuan brocade
02:38
Li pottery
01:34
Traditional Han clothing