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Traditional Chinese Instruments - Xiao 萧



Xiao (萧) is a very old Chinese wind instrument. It usually thought to have developed from a simple end-blown flute used by the Qiang people of Southwest China in the ancient period. In the oral traditions of the Xiao, practitioners and poets say its sound resembles the sweetness of the Phoenix's call, the king of birds in Chinese belief.





Xiao is usually made of bamboo, but also of jade and copper. Xiao's voice is mellow and soft, suitable fo