Huqin (pinyin: hú qin) is popular all over the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, especially in Horqin and Zhaowuda League in the east.
The huqin belongs to a kind of qin. It comes from the northern minorities. The ancient Han people called the northern minorities "Hu". Mongolian bow and stringed musical instruments. Known as Hull. The Mongolian people are commonly known as Sinagan Huer, which means spoon piano, referred to as Xihu. Yuan Dynasty literature called it Huqin. Chinese literal translation is spoon-shaped huqin, also known as horsetail huqin. It has a long history, unique shape, soft and rich tone, and rich grassland flavor. Can be used for solo, ensemble or accompaniment.
The craftsmanship of the huqin is very particular. The craftsmen of all dynasties have used the thorn wood of the Changbai Mountain area as the vibrating panel, the bamboo with an inner diameter of 10 cm as the drum, the silk as the strings, and the horsetail as the drum. and thin bamboo poles to make bows. Later, through the practice and innovation of generations, sycamore wood was gradually used instead of bark wood as the vibration panel, and steel wire was used instead of silk as the strings.