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Naxi Ancient Music

Naxi Ancient Music

Naxi is an ethnic group inhabiting the foothills of the Himalayas in the northwestern and southwestern parts of Southwest China's Yunnan and Sichuan provinces respectively. According to research, Naxi Ancient Music originates from the 14th century; it is one of the oldest music in Yunnan Provinces, also in China.

Someone once said: the history of Chinese music is a silent music history, which is no longer true as Naxi people have passed down some ancient music to nowadays. When walking on the ancient streets of Lijiang Old Town, you will undoubtedly hear the wonderful Naxi Ancient Music which is regarded as a ’living fossil of Chinese music.’

Naxi Ancient Music has three characteristics including: Oldest songs: all are antiquated classical music; Oldest musical instruments, many musical instruments used are antiques dating back to more than 100 years, some of which can't be found anywhere else; Oldest players: most of the players are aged over 70 years.

Generations of national musicians devote themselves to Naxi Ancient Music and make it a part of Naxi culture. Therefore, it’s art, history and life itself.