Guzheng, or zheng, is a plucked-string musical instrument with over 2500 years of history. As the traditional Chinese musical instruments, guzheng has beautiful sounds and retains great popularity worldwide.
The guzheng has a long and proud history, which is believed to have been invented during the Qin Dynasty (897-221 BC). In the first century AD, the guzheng is described as a plucked half-tube wood zither with movable bridges, over which a number of strings are stretched, and in the 2nd century BC the guzheng was described as having twelve silken strings and high narrow jade bridges.
The guzheng has played an important role in Chinese history and folk music. It is also the parent instrument of the Asian long zither family. The modern guzheng, Japanese koto, Korean gayageum and Mongolian yatga are developed from the traditional Chinese guzheng, making the instrument an extremely important piece of Asian musical culture.
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