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Ancient Lute Pavillion

Source: hubei.gov.cn 11/25/2013 11:11:22

The Ancient Lute Pavilion, also known as Boya Terrace, is located at the west foot of the Tortoise Hill and by the east side of the Yuehu (Crescent) Lake. During China’s Spring and Autumn Period (722-476 BC), the famous musician Yu Boya of the Jin Kingdom (located in current Hubei Province) played ancient lute here to express his feeling.

When a woodcutter Zhong Ziqi heard his melodies, he understood the connotation of the melody High Mountains and Flowing Water which was too superior to be popular. Thus, Boya took Ziqi became soul mates and made an appointment to meet him here on next Mid-autumn Day.

One year later, Boya passed by the Totoise Hill again and received the news of Ziqi’s death due to illness. In melancholy, Boya broke his lute and never again in his life played any music. People were deeply moved by the deepness of their friendship and built this terrace as commemoration.

The bosom friendship of Yu Boya and Zhong Ziqi is a household story in China. It demonstrates Chinese people’s good tradition and lofty virtue. The Voyager I Probe of United States sent “High Mountains and Flowing Water”, one of the ten best Chinese lute pieces, to space in 1977 as a musical language for space communication, passing on humankind’s message of searching for soul mates in the cosmos.


The Legend of Yu Boya and Zhong Ziqi

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