Hakka Affairs Council

Music & Drama



  • Post Date:2006-01-12

This is also called the “Diao Gui” or the “Diao Guizai” in Hakka.

There are 2 strings, and the body is made of bamboo, 10 centimeters long and 5 in diameter. It is covered with snake skin, and the strings are steel. The bow is made from a many-jointed bamboo pole. It is a treble string instrument, with a sharp, powerful tone that is also clear and mellow. It can express intense feelings, and also sadness with its steady, penetrating, expressive tones.

It is a Beiguan instrument, the main instrument in Xipi (Beijing) opera.