Chinese court music performance held in E China's Jiangsu

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Updated: 2016-09-14 10:49:32

A music troupe from the Temple of Heaven in Beijing performs ancient Chinese royal music, "Zhonghe Shao Music", at the Tiger Hill Scenic Spot in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, Sept 13, 2016. [Photo by Wang Jiankang/Asianewsphoto]

Shao Music is an important constituent of the court music system which can be traced back to the Western Zhou Dynasty (c. 11th century-771 BC).

The music was used during events like sacrificial ceremonies and royal banquets. This tradition was once lost after the collapse of the Qing Dynasty.

Staff from the Temple of Heaven recovered some parts of Shao Music from historical records in the 1980s and reestablished the Office of Sacred Music, an institution used to cultivate royal musicians during the Qing Dynasty.

"Zhonghe Shao Music" was listed as an intangible cultural heritage in Beijing in 2006.

Performers dressed in Qing Dynasty palace costumes present ancient Chinese royal music at the Tiger Hill Scenic Spot in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, Sept 13, 2016. [Photo by Wang Jiankang/Asianewsphoto]

Performers dressed in Qing Dynasty palace costumes present ancient Chinese royal music at the Tiger Hill Scenic Spot in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, Sept 13, 2016. [Photo by Wang Jiankang/Asianewsphoto]

Performers dressed in Qing Dynasty palace costumes present ancient Chinese royal music at the Tiger Hill Scenic Spot in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, Sept 13, 2016. [Photo by Wang Jiankang/Asianewsphoto]

A performer dressed in a Qing Dynasty palace costume plays an ancient Chinese musical instrument at the Tiger Hill Scenic Spot in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, Sept 13, 2016. [Photo by Wang Jiankang/Asianewsphoto]

Performers dressed in Qing Dynasty palace costumes play ancient Chinese musical instruments at the Tiger Hill Scenic Spot in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, Sept 13, 2016. [Photo by Wang Jiankang/Asianewsphoto]

Performers dressed in Qing Dynasty palace costumes present ancient Chinese royal music at the Tiger Hill Scenic Spot in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, Sept 13, 2016. [Photo by Wang Jiankang/Asianewsphoto]

Tourists watch an ancient Chinese royal music performance at the Tiger Hill Scenic Spot in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, Sept 13, 2016. [Photo by Wang Jiankang/Asianewsphoto]

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