Attraction Naxi Ancient music hall, Sifang Steet, Gucheng District, Lijiang 674100, China Published on: 21-09-2016
Image copyrights belong to authors
Why Naxi Ancient Music is special ?
Most of the players are over 70 years old and most of their instruments are more than 100 years old.
Many of the intruments are more than a hundred years old, which is very rare in china due to the political turmoil.
Naxi people must enjoy special favor in the eyes of the divinity, for they seem to be born with artistic qualities and poetic minds. Great talents in the areas of poetry, calligraphy, painting, and music have all come from this rich and captivating culture.
What to explore at Naxi Ancient Music?
- A crystallization of Taoist rite, Confucian ceremony, and the literary lyrics, poetic topics and musical tones of the Tang, Song and Yuan Dynasties, Naxi Ancient Music has developed its own unique style and traits
- Baisha Fine Music: It is said that Baisha Fine Music was an honoraria from the first emperor of the Yuan Dynasty-Kublai Khan
- Dongjing Music: This is a type of Taoist music which was introduced to Yunnan from the central Plains during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
- These characteristic bands are famous for their 'three-olds': first, old men (most of the players are over 70 years old); second, old musical instruments (many are antiques dating back more than 100 years, some of which can not be seen in other places); third, old songs (all are antiquated classical music)
- Amazing concert experience
- Awesome and rare live music
- Naxi quite nice
- Mass availability
- Naxi Ancient music
Naxi Ancient music hall, Sifang Steet, Gucheng District, Lijiang 674100, China
Tips for you
In the matriarchal society of the Naxi, we are told that the main job of the men is to look after the children and play music. Which sounds like a pretty good deal to me. This may go some way to explaining how it is that in Lijiang there is an unbroken tradition of playing Chinese classical music. The Naxi Ancient Music orchestra play every evening in the Old Town; it's difficult stuff for Western ears, but there's no disguising the dedication of the musicians and the joy they take in playing it. It was poorly attended when we were there, but it's a fine show, fascinating and moving. Many of the musicians are in their eighties and nineties now - who knows how much longer we'll be able to hear them ? In the quieter moments, thumping Chinese techno breaks through from the new 'Old Town' discos...
Go to the concert hall and make a seat reservation with them, and tell them that your hotel will book for you. That way you can get a great front row seat