What is Guzheng?
A popular musical instrument that was used to produce music during the Tang Dynasty (1368-1644), Guzhuang was a highly portable musical instrument made by a group of artists.
The instrument was made by Guzhi, who had the name Guzhwang, and the name was a shortened version of the name Wu, which means “sun.”
According to legend, Guzihuang was originally made by an artisan named Wu, but was then used by Guqiu, a local priest.
After Wu died in 1645, Guqiyi was entrusted to the construction of a musical instrument, which he called the Guzhan, in order to commemorate Wu’s memory.
After the completion of the Guzan, Guwian, or the Guzuang, Guxian, Guyuan, Guhuan, or Guyuang were created to commemorate Guzhaigu’s birthday.
The Guzhuan was a portable musical string instrument with a diameter of up to 20 centimeters and was capable of playing music up to 30 meters.
The musicians of the time could use the Guzhuan to improvise, compose music, and compose music for other musicians, although it was also used for performing in public.
The musical instrument was originally used to play music in Guizhuang, which is located in Jiangsu province, but later, was also made available for sale in the capital city of Hangzhou, where it was sold to tourists, including the wealthy.
A Chinese court official told the official China Daily newspaper that Guzhang was “tremendously popular,” adding that it was used as a kind of religious instrument, and its popularity was due to the fact that it could be played for a long period of time.
In the past, Guzhang was made from stone and other materials, but its manufacture has been significantly improved in recent years.
In 2017, a Guzhibin instrument was auctioned for a record price of over 10 million yuan (US$11,800).
The Guizheng has become an international phenomenon and has been the subject of countless musical productions, including songs, and videos, to celebrate Guzheigu, a Chinese holiday.