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really was flying the flag of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Here we boarded smaller boats for a trip up Xiling Gorge and a visit to the Tribes of the Three Gorges. We were serenaded on the trip by the boatman.
along its shores.
Please don’t rock the boat. I really do not want to get wet!
As we walked further up the valley we found
this boy and girl hanging out on a bridge.
area to take off their shoes and wade in the water. Maybe it was one of
the few places that was not so polluted that they could?
Okay, what is going on here?
From the looks of the bride, he got a really good deal, or paid a premium price!
how he will explain it to the bride he started the tour with.
The zheng is an ancient Chinese instrument. It hasbeen developed from a small instrument made from bamboo,originally used by herdsman. It was very popular during ancienttimes, as early as the Warring States Period and the Qin Dynasty(225 to 206 BC and earlier). The Zheng has an arched surface andis elongated-trapezoidal with 13 to 21 strings stretched overindividual bridges. Although metal strings are common today, thestrings were of silk in ancient times. The zheng rests on twopedestals and is played using 3 to 4 imitation fingernails. Onthe right side of the bridges, both hands pluck the strings andon the left side, the left fingers bend the strings to changepitch or to provide embellishment. Its playing range spans threeto four octaves. We had this instrument made when we worked in Chengdu at themusic conservatory