BEIJING, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- The following are some
ancient Chinese musical instruments and musicals that appeared in the
performances of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony on Friday night.
Fou is the most ancient Chinese percussion instrument made of clay or bronze. Performance of "Playing the
Fou and Singing" was prevalent in the Xia and Shang dynasties in the remote
periods of Chinese history.
The Fou Formation at Friday's Beijing Olympics
opening ceremony consisted of 2,008 members.
Guqin -- an ancient stringed instrument -- made more
than 1,000 years ago was on display during the performances.
With more than 3,000 years of history, Guqin is one
of the oldest plucked string instruments in the world, making sounds mainly with
the strings and wooden resonator. It is also the representative of traditional
Chinese music and culture.
PEKING OPERA AND KUNQU
The Beijing Games opening also featured the
percussion performance of the traditional Peking Opera and the singing of Kunqu,
an ancient tune and opera that has been included in the world intangible
cultural heritage list.
As the country has a vast territory with numerous
dialects, hundreds of traditional local operas have been evolved.