Type: End Blown flute > Aerophones.
Region: China > Far East Asia.
Specimens: A total of 3 xiao in collection.
Acquisition Sources: Rene Hugo Sanchez (on trip to china), one specimen; the 2nd specimen, the second and third xiao are from Chinatown, Vancouver Canada.
簫 [in Chinese] in pinyin.
pronounced "siao". The xiao is an
open-ended or notched flute carved from bamboo. An ancient flute
generally made of bamboo sometimes it is called "dong xiao" [dong]
meaning hole. An ancient name for the xiao is shuzhudi [豎竹笛]
literally "vertical bamboo flute". The name xiao was also applied to
the dizi. The xiao are very ancient Chinese end blown flutes that
are thought to have developed from a single end-blown flute once
used by the Qiang people of Southwest China during the ancient