Naxi Orchestra & Throat Singing

Lijiang, Yunnan, China

This evening you will have the chance to experience the traditional throat-singing and dòngjing performance of the Naxi Orchestra.

Attending a performance of this orchestra inside a beautiful building in the old town is a good way to spend an evening in Lijiang. Not only are all two dozen or so members Naxi, but they play a type of Taoist temple music (known as dòngjing) that has been lost elsewhere in China. 

The pieces they perform are said to be faithful renditions of music from the Han, Song and Tang dynasties, and are played on original instruments.

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