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The bamboo way

By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2018-03-24 11:22

Shang also adds that since bamboo instruments are not as popular as other traditional Chinese instruments, few composers write for bamboo instruments, which hinder the popularity of those instruments.

While fulfilling his vision, Wang is also proud that the orchestra's birth and development are also an effort of protecting the environment.

Traditionally, instrument makers have relied on hardwoods such as mahogany, cedar and rosewood to produce instruments. But those slow-growing trees can take half a century or more to reach maturity. The large consumption have caused some species to disappear.

Since bamboo is among the fastest growing plants on earth, gaining 1.2 meters every day under appropriate conditions, the State Forestry Administration has been trying to replace the use of wood with bamboo to protect the environment.

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