If you Google the name for this two stringed instrument, you may find the same name is used for girls names and a railroad that runs between Beijing and Shanghai. Jing is for the capital and Hu for Shanghai.
Since Chinese is a tonal language, each word is pronounced in a different tone. The word is also written differently in Chinese when used for a girl’s name or the railroad.
The Jing-Hu I’m writing about is a two stringed instrument often used with Beijing Opera. The Jing-Hu first appeared during the Qing Dynasty. At that time, the strings were made of silk. Today, they are often made of steel or nylon.
If you are interested in Chinese music, read about and listen to The Four Stringed Liuqin.
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