The bell (pinyin: Pèng líng) was called bell cymbal in ancient times. It is a musical instrument of Manchu, Mongolian, Tibetan, Naxi, Han and other ethnic groups. Tibetan called Dingxia. Due to the difference in the spread of the region, in the folk there are names such as jingling, double chime, sound and water, etc. In Shaanxi, it is called dangzi, and there are also called bells for short. It is shaped like a bell, made of copper, one pair of two, connected by ropes, collided with each other and pronounced without a fixed pitch. Often used in instrumental ensembles and opera accompaniment, it is a rhythm instrument.


  • Pinyin:Pèng líng
  • ancient name:Bell cymbals
  • Tibetan language:Ding Xia
  • type:bumper instrument
  • diameter:about 5.5 cm
"New Book of Tang Pyu Biography" contains: "The four bells and cymbals are made like the Kucha, with three inches around them, and they are pierced with Wei, and they are knocked to meet the festival." Hit on a strong beat. In the first year of Wanli in the Ming Dynasty (1573), it was introduced into Lijiang, Yunnan. The Qing Dynasty "Dynasty Ritual Schema" called the bell as a bell cymbal.
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"Joke Tan" is a form of folk singing, which has the form of opera. Its performances are often interspersed in the middle of Meihu plays, appearing at the request of the audience.
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When playing, each hand holds a bell, and the bell is raised up in front of the chest.
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