A total of 1,141 hulusi players gathered in People’s Plaza to play music during the Harbin Summer Concert, forming a mass ensemble that earned them a spot in the Guinness World Records. The event organizer revealed his team had been preparing for six years, Tencent News reports.
The hulusi is free reed wind instrument that dates back to Qin and Han Dynasties (221 BC to 220 AD).
Players with pink tops and white bottoms filled the plaza, playing famous classical pieces including “Golden Peacock Dancing” and “Wedding”. The ensemble team was comprised of hulusi lovers ranging from five years old to 78 years old, with most of the performers coming from the Harbin Anjing Primary School and Fushun Primary School.
More than 1,200 players took part in the event, and 1,141 players were officially authenticated by Guinness Headquarters. The event was recognized as hosting the largest amount of participants to play hulusi at the same time and in the same place.
Ren Chongguang, the event host as well as president of Heilongjiang Musicians Hulusi Professional Committee, said he and his team prepared the event for six years. He did it to repay his hometown after his graduation at the Shenyang Music Academy.
He said that the hulusi was easy to pick up and its tonality was good. He taught the kids every weekend regardless of the weather. When he saw his student crowd growing larger by the month, he had the idea to set a new world record.
Ren wants to express the gracefulness of classical musical instruments to more people.
In the mean time, China will continue to amaze with its impressive, baffling world records.
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By Christy Lau