Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Dizi: The Chinese Bamboo Flute

Chinese Dizi - Bamboo Flute
Photo Credit: Alex Stoll
The Dizi, a popular traditional Chinese instrument, is a side blown flute made of bamboo. What particularly distinguishes it from other flutes is a special membrane hole that vibrates, creating a bright tone that carries quite far. The membrane is made from the inner skin of bamboo. It is used for folk music, in Chinese operas, and modern orchestras.

In this video, you can listen to a beautiful rendition of "Flying Partridges", a classic dizi melody. 

You can also make your own Dizi flute replica by following this tutorial offered by the British Museum.


Learn more about bamboo with us: Learn about its cultural significance in China and watch its amazing growth over just 24 hours; Paint bamboo with Chinese brush painting; and increase your luck with Lucky bamboo in your home.

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