DIZI (笛子) - Traditional Chinese "bamboo flute" - A transverse bamboo flute with buzzing membrane - Also known as di (笛) or hengdi (橫笛) TRADITIONAL CHINESE CLASSIFICATION: Bamboo, of Chinese woodwind instruments RELATED INSTRUMENTS: - Piccolo - Bass flute - Western concert flute OVERVIEW: The dizi is a major Chinese musical instrument, and is widely used in many genres of Chinese folk music, as well as Chinese opera, and the modern Chinese orchestra. Traditionally, the dizi has also been popular among the Chinese common people, and it is simple to make and easy to carry. ORIGINS: There are many suggestions for the source of dizi. While legend suggest it was the invention of the Yellow Emperor, who wanted to make the bamboo a musical instrument, others suggest that dizi was imported into China during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). NOTES: - The dizi is famous for its ability to imitate sounds of nature.