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Chinese Wind Instruments
China is very famous for certain woodwind items, such as the bamboo flute and their version of 'Pan Pipes' called a Sheng. Here we will provide details of the most common and popular

Our main information resource remains the very reliable Wikipedia:
which is complimented by many others, as referenced below

For ease of reference we have divided Chinese instruments into four main categories:
• Strings
  • Bowed and 2-stringed
  • Other Strings, Lutes and Zithers
• Wind (This Page)
Other Instruments

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Note: Spelling
Most Chinese instruments are written as two Chinese characters (Mandarin). Pinyin is a standard way to write these characters in English. The Chinese would write these as one English word in lower case. Westerners tend to Capitalise the words. Other Western spellings sometimes exist, especially changing 'qin' to 'ching' etc. We use the standard letters as approved by Beijing, and generally Capitalised the first letters of both Chinese words (For correct syntax)

Wind Instruments

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Image: DiZi - Click for  larger image and more details The dizi is a major Chinese musical instrument, and is widely used in many genres of Chinese folk music, as well as Chinese opera, and the modern Chinese orchestra. Traditionally, the dizi has also been popular among the Chinese common people, and it is simple to make and easy to carry

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Image: GuanZi - Click for  larger image and more details The guanzi is a double-reed musical instrument, which has a very long history. It developed in ancient Persia (today's Iran). In ancient China, people called it bili or luguan. About more than 2,000 years ago, the guanzi had already been very popular for a time in Northwest China's Xinjiang region. Later, it was introduced into the mainland and the performance levels were greatly improved. Today, northern people frequently play the guanzi.

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Image: Sheng Pipes - Click for  larger image and more details Sheng (Mouth Organ) multi-pipe bamboo instrument with keys and a metal resonating pot ...

Contemporary form of an ancient Chinese instrument.

21" H x 8" W x 3.5" diameter.

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Image: Suona - Click for  larger image and more details The Chinese suona, often called laba (trumpet), first appeared in the Wei and Jin period (220-420). It has a penetrating tone quality, The suona has a passionate and lively sound, particularly good at imitating the singing of hundreds of birds.

23.5" H as shown. 6" diameter.

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Image: Xiao - Click for  larger image and more details The term dongxiao distinguishes the instrument as an end-blown notched flute. The prefix dong can mean "hole" in Chinese.

Xiao players can be seen among pottery figurines of the Han dynasty and in the tomb brick-wall paintings of the Wei and Jin period (220-420).

The modern type is often made from a nine joint black bamboo, has six finger holes, five at the front and one at the rear, and 2-4 air holes at the lower end

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