Travels through China part 2

2010 January 22

After about 45 minutes of testing and shopping at the Dunhuang musical instrument showroom I had many boxes of flutes to stuff my already bulging suitcases. My attitude towards collecting flutes is like Carrie’s attitude from ‘Sex in The City’ towards buying shoes.   We bid farewell to the factory staff and went to our next stop which was lunch at a picturesque town called Qibao meaning ‘Seven Treasures’ in Chinese. It is an ancient town established in the year 960 with water canals and winding streets. We feasted on local specialties in a noisy restaurant and strolled through the busy streets. 

Qibao - Ancient Water Village

Qibao - Ancient Water Village


After that they took me to the Minheng District Museum of Shanghai, Chinese Folk Musical Instrument Exhibition Hall 中国民族乐器陈列馆.  It certainly didn’t look like we were going to a Museum as we walked through the main entrance which was a grocery super market and took the escalators up through the department store to the 5th floor. Little did I know that we were about to visit one of the most impressive collections of Asian instruments in China.


The Minheng District Museum claims the artefacts predate the Qing Dynasty (1616 – 1911). The instruments are displayed in simple glass cases with descriptions in Chinese only.   In this display you can see a series of end blown flutes. The ones on the top row and on the bottom right are notched flutes similar to the Japanese shakuhachi. The others on the lower right are similar to the Ney or modern day Xiao. The flutes in the front are an ancient set of panpipes and the stand to the left appear to be made of animal bone.  (to be continued)


end blown flutes

end blown flutes



3 Comments leave one →
2010 January 22

Dear Reader,

I will put more pictures of the displays from the Museum in the next few days on a separate post. Thanks for your patience.


2010 January 23

Thanks, Ron. I really enjoy reading these travelogues.

2010 February 25

If your luggage got lost I’d help ya find it :)

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