Chinese history has been recorded in written history for around 3,000 years, and during this long period of time, various musical instruments have been created.
These instruments are not merely just for playing music, but also contain the deepest heritage of Chinese culture.
The guqin, the oldest musical instrument in China, is usually a seven-stringed instrument, ranked among the top four arts of “qin, qi, shu, and hua” (musical instrument, board game, calligraphy, and painting), and considered by the literati as a representative of elegance.
In 2003, it was listed on UNESCO’s “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”
The Chinese made the guqin by following strict manufacturing methods and at the same time infusing it with strong cultural concepts.
Therefore, the guqin is a unique instrument that combines manufacturing techniques and cultural symbols and is a typical expression of the traditional Chinese view of art and nature.
Such an ancient instrument has not been lost in the stream of history because of the passage of time, and today there are still many people who are fascinated by the guqin and continue to learn it so that this beautiful traditional instrument can continue to be passed on.
Before Zhang Wei came into contact with the guqin, he was involved in a totally different field, that of the real estate industry.
He said that the process of learning the guqin has also changed him in an intangible way.
He remarked, “After years of practice, you may feel that your personality has become more warm and gentle; it also helps you move away from a utilitarian lifestyle.”
In addition, Zhang Wei explained, “Chinese culture defines guqin as a musical instrument, but also a carrier of ancient etiquette and profound philosophy.”
“It conveys the gentlemen’s doctrine while capturing the essence of traditional Chinese culture; It is reserved but expressive, [and] it can denote various emotions.”
In Zhang Wei’s mind, the guqin has enabled him to know, discover and understand himself better.
In fact, not only the guqin but also many musical instruments have their own unique beauty, waiting for people to discover and experience it.