The Guzheng, a plucked string instrument, is one of the most ancient Chinese musical instruments. It belongs to the zither family and it is the parent instrument of the Japanese Koto, Korean Kayagum, Mongolian Yatag and Vietnamese dan tranh.
It has a long history which can date back to more than 2,500 years ago in the Warring Period. The earliest versions were made of a bamboo frame and silk strings. As time goes by, the bamboo and silk strings had been replaced with wood and nylon strings. Moreover, the number of the strings had increased from 5 to 21.
It has beautiful sound and can express cascading waterfall, thunder and even the scenic countryside quite well.
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