The guqin, a seven-stringed zither, is China's oldest stringed instrument, and is classified under the plucked category of traditional Chinese musical classification. In Imperial China, a well educated scholar was expected to be skilled in four arts: 1) Qin (the guqin), 2) Qi (the game of Go), 3) Shu (calligraphy) and 4) Hua (painting). Historically, the guqin has been viewed as a symbol of Chinese high culture and the instrument most expressive of the essence of Chinese music. More than 100 harmonics can be played on the guqin, which probably is the largest number of harmonics of any instrument. The guqin has its own notation, which itself has a history of at least 1500 years. There are over 150 guqin handbooks in existence, which contain in excess of 3,000 pieces of music as well as essays on the theoretical aspects of the guqin and its music. Be sure to watch the 1988 short animated film that features traditional Chinese art and tells the story of one young girl's journey to become a guqin player. It's a real trea!