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In tune with the past

By Xin Wen | China Daily | Updated: 2022-02-17 11:43
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Hu Qingxue (left) leads a band of musicians to perform jing music at Beijing's Zhihua Temple. The traditional art form is inscribed on the list of national intangible cultural heritage. [Photo by Yang Zhiguo/For China Daily]

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The musical score hangs on the window of Hu Qingxue's office, with the long notes, set against the warm rays of the sun, flowing like letters from heaven.

Hu, 48, has played the music inscribed on the notation since he was 17. Known as jing music, the piece has been preserved and passed down through consecutive generations of monks for about 580 years.

Hu's office has also doubled as the backstage area for a band in Beijing's downtown area. Every day at 10 am and 3 pm in the Zhihua Temple, Hu, a 27th-generation inheritor of jing music, strikes up a band consisting of seven musicians for a free, 15-minute performance for visitors from home and abroad.

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