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The Zheng, or Guzheng is a kind of Chinese horizontal harp, although technically a zither with movable bridges and 16 - 25 strings. It is one of the best known of ancient music instruments, and remains popular. The Guzheng has been successfully incorporated into a lot of modern music and is used successfully by 12 Girls Band.

First we introduce some popular instrumental tunes, then look at the instrument itself in more depth below.

Wang Ning Mei (2.31)
Frown to no purpose. This title is the name of a poem in the arguably best ancient Chinese novel, Dream of Red Mansions.

Recommended for first time listeners.



Ya Shan Ai (4.48)
Ya Mountain mourning



Mu Yang Qu (3.35)
Herding the sheep song



Lu Zheng (17.59)
A suite of songs from Shandong Province played on the Zheng



Liu Qing Niang (3.45)
Ladies in Liu Qing



Jiao Chuang Ye Yu (4.21)
Night rain falling on the window


Chun Jiang Hua Yue Ye (9.20)
The moon night of spring river and flowers



Han Ya Xi Shui (6.03)
A jackdaw playing with water



Liang Zhu (5.59)
Butterfly lovers is one of the most famous traditional Chinese melodies. This is the Guzheng version of the tune.



Dong Ting Yu Mi Xiang (3.50)
Dong Ting - a land flowing with milk and honey



Chu Shui Lian (5.29)
Lotus out of water



Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin (3.36)
"The Moon Stands for My Heart" is famous Chinese pop song originally by Teresa Teng.


Chen Xing Yuan Luo Yuan (4.26)
This tune is from an opera depicting a love story in the Tang Dynasty.



Yu Zhou Chang Wan (4.17)
Late night singing in a fishing boat



Shuo Ju Xin Li Hua (3.31)
The words from the bottom of my heart a very popular song listed also in our music downloads section (As original and with vocals)



Qing Ren Zhi Ji (4.27)
Lover and confidant



Nan Wang Jin Xiao (3.54)
It's hard to forget tonight.



Hua Die (3.30)
Turning into butterflies


Er Quan Ying Yue (6.13)
Second spring reflecting the moon. Originally known as a famous Erhu tune, this piece is the Guzheng edition of the melody.



Gao Shan Liu Shui (5.56)
High mountains and flowing water.

This melody is a masterpiece of Guzheng works.

It is evident this piece was originally written for the far older Guqin instrument, but is far better suited to this one. We also have the Guqin version for your listening under Guqin



Han Gong Qiu Yue (4.39)
Autumn moon in the palace during the Han Dynasty

Han Gong Qiu Yue means autumn moon of the palace in the Han Dynasty. There are respectively Guzheng (4.39), Erhu (6.58), and Pipa (7.32) versions of this tune - all available here..

The music reveals the bitterness and grief of the young maids in the palace, stirring people's sympathy towards the misfortune and loneliness of the girls. The Guzheng tune applies many playing techniques and emits a classic beauty, and Erhu edition makes a number of intentional pauses and a number of complex skills are also used to intensify its artistic inspiration.

Also listed in our Top 10 Classical songs



Guzheng: History and General Information
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The guzheng, also spelled gu zheng or gu-zheng (Chinese: 古箏; pinyin: gǔzhēng) or zheng (箏) (gu-, 古 means "ancient") is a traditional Chinese musical instrument. It belongs to the zither family of string instruments.

The guzheng is the parent instrument of the Japanese koto, the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum, and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. The parent instrument of the guzheng is the se.

The guzheng should not to be confused with the guqin (another ancient Chinese zither but without bridges).

The modern-day guzheng is a plucked, half-tube zither with movable bridges and 21 strings, although it can have anywhere from 15 to 25 strings (a customized version exists with more than 44 strings ). The guzheng's strings were formerly made of twisted silk, though by the 20th century most players used metal strings (generally steel for the high strings and copper-wound steel for the bass strings). Since the mid-20th century most performers use steel strings flatwound with nylon.

Twelve Girls Band is a contemporary Chinese instrumental group that features the guzheng as well as other traditional Chinese instruments such as the erhu and pipa. They perform traditional Chinese music as well as Western popular and classical music.

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