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Guqin(Chinese Zither)
Guqin(Chinese Zither)is also known as ornamented zither, jade zither, sitong (string and phoenix tree), or heptachord. Guqin(Chinese Zither)art is a classic of Chinese folk culture

Guqin(Chinese Zither)is also known as ornamented zither, jade zither, sitong (string and phoenix tree), or heptachord. Guqin(Chinese Zither)art is a classic of Chinese folk culture, as well as a microcosm and living fossil of ancient Chinese culture, owing the noblest position among Chinese musical instruments,has a history of about 5,000 years. It had been specifically named as “qin” (琴, a seven-stringed plucked instrument in some ways similar to the zither) since ancient times and was renamed as Guqin(Chinese Zither)in the 1820s to distinguish it from the piano. With a vocal range of four octaves and two additional notes, Guqin(Chinese Zither)has seven open strings, ninety-one harmonics, and one hundred and forty-seven stopped strings. According to the book Cunjian Guqin Zhifa Puzi Jilan, there are around 1,070 different finger techniques used for the qin,, but there are only dozens of common fingering techniques today. Guqin(Chinese Zither)plays a very unique sound, and most people listening to its sound can feel its quietness and remoteness. In 2003, guqin art was proclaimed as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

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