The Hebei county of Raoyang has put itself on the musical map by claiming a Guinness World Record which may end up standing the test of time.
Recently, the county hosted a mass performance starring a whopping 2,024 erhu players. The erhu is a traditional Chinese two-stringed bow instrument that dates back to the Tang dynasty (618-907). The ensemble played “Guangmingxing” (光明行) and “Me and My Motherland” (我和我的祖国).
Raoyang county snapped this Guinness record away from a labor union in the Jiangsu city of Xuzhou which held a performance featuring 1,490 erhu players back in 2004. We’ll have to wait and see if Xuzhou tries to take this treasured record back.