They learned to how to play a song named 沧海一声笑 (literally means a laughter on the deep ocean).
Foreigners may look blankly at the word Guqin (古琴) and show uncertainty on its pronunciation , and here came seven foreigners who joined in an activity organized by local website GoChengdu on May 23 in Dayi County, where they got the instructions from Zhang Shihao, a Chinese Guqin master, on how to play the Guqin to produce the wonderful sounds that inspired generations of Chinese scholars.
They learned to how to play a song named 沧海一声笑 (literally means a laughter on the deep ocean) which, as Zhang explained, is a good choice for the beginners. The song was chosen as the theme song in the film of Swordsman, an adaptation of the novel by famous Chinese writer Jin Yong.
"I've always been interested in the Chinese culture, so I chose to be here to learn Chinese," said Caroline from Germany, who is learning Chinese in Chengdu.
Though she and the other "foreign students" had no idea about Guqin until then, they instantly fell into love with it the moment they heard the sounds from the instrument.
Katia, a young girl from Russia, said, "The Guqin music tranquilizes your mood, carries you far away from the hustle and bustle of the modern society. It can also cultivate my mind and help me know better about the Chinese culture," she added, "It's such a great pleasure to learn the traditional Chinese instrument."
Guqin has a history of more than 4, 000 years and was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2003.
"The music from Guqin fascinated me when I first heard Mr. Zhang playing it. And the culture behind it is so deep that I need to learn more," declared Chicharlah from the US.