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Saturday, September 6, 2008
The ''bianqing'' is an ancient Chinese musical instrument consisting of a set of L-shaped flat stone chimes, played melodically. The chimes were hung in a wooden frame and struck with a mallet. Along with the bronze bells called ''bianzhong'', they were an important instrument in China's ritual and court music going back to ancient times.
A similar instrument was imported to Korea, where it is called ''pyeongyeong'' and still used in Korean court and ritual music.