Guzheng (Chinese plucked zither) is a traditional Chinese instrument with a history of more than 2,500 years. It can be dated back to the Warring States period (475–221 BC).
This song is an adaptation from a traditional Chinese poem written by Li Bai, who was a Chinese poet acclaimed from his own day – the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD) – to the present as a genius and a romantic figure who took traditional poetic forms to new heights. Around the same historical period, Guzheng had also become the most commonly played instrument in China.
The modern Guzheng commonly has 21 strings, and is tuned in a major pentatonic scale. It has a large, resonant soundboard made from wood. Guzheng players often wear fingerpicks on one or both hands.