Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum-Yuping Bamboo Flute

Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum

Yuping Bamboo Flute

by Live in Guizhou


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Yuping Bamboo Flute is a traditional handicraft from Yuping Dong Autonomous County in Guizhou Province. On May 20, 2006, it was approved by the State Council and included in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage lists.

The craft of making Yuping Bamboo Flute has a long history and is a typical representative of traditional handmade flutes, with a history of over 400 years. It uses a special type of bamboo that grows in Yuping County as raw material. The production process involves four stages: material selection, blank making, carving, and finishing, each with numerous and complex steps, all done by hand. Finally, poems and paintings are carved on the surface of the flutes, with various patterns and verses etched onto the ancient bronze-colored tube, giving them an elegant and traditional appearance.

Throughout history, many literati and scholars who appreciated rhythm and melody have cherished the Bamboo Flute, using them to cleanse their minds, cultivate their character, express their aspirations, and convey their emotions, leaving behind immortal works. These flutes have become a brilliant gem in the treasure trove of human cultural heritage. As a physical manifestation of the diverse folk customs of Yuping’s various ethnic groups, Yuping Bamboo Flute are intricately linked to the folk festivals and celebrations of the Dong people. The cultural significance they carry far exceeds their practical function and value, embodying rich cultural connotations and profound cultural meaning.