CIIC:Today's featured article/September 5, 2017


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Naxi ancient music performance at Lijiang

Ancient Naxi music (纳西古乐) is also known as the Music of Daoist Classics, a precious piece of cultural heritage.

Lijiang of Yunnan, boasts a Naxi music orchestra, most of its members being in their senior years. When performing, the players dress in gorgeous traditional robes, and play various kinds of stringed instruments in a relaxed manner. Standing out from the older musicians is a young Naxi girl playing the zheng, the Chinese zither. The most intriguing item on the stage is a red-lacquer stand from which hang ten small gongs. These are played by an elderly gentleman with a long silver beard, who, at 86, is the oldest member of the team. (More...)

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