Beijing Zhihua Temple Music


Beijing Zhihua Temple Music is Beijing traditional music and one of the national intangible cultural heritage.

Zhihua Temple is located in Lumecang Hutong between Chaoyangmen and Jianguomen in Dongcheng District of Beijing. It was built in the ninth year of Emperor Yingzong's reign in the Ming Dynasty (1444). It is the most complete wooden structure complex of Ming Dynasty in Beijing. In 1961, it was listed as one of the first national key cultural relics under protection by The State Council.

In the 1950s, Cha Fuxi, Yang Yinliu and other colleagues conducted many interviews on Zhihua Temple music, including live performance recordings, interview records and research, which was the first time for the academic circle to conduct comprehensive interview records on Zhihua Music. Many views play an important role in the study of Zhihua Temple music and has a far-reaching influence.

Zhihua Temple Music has been passed down for 27 generations. It preserves the basic features of traditional Chinese music and is known as the "living fossil" of ancient Chinese music. It provides a typical and vivid example for the study of the connotation and changes of traditional Chinese music culture with high academic research value.