Yu Boya and Zhong Ziqi (Yú Bóya hé Zhōng Zǐqī 俞伯牙和钟子期)

Haiwang YUAN

This man plays a zheng, the instrument Yu Boya played to his friend Zhong Ziqi during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BCE). PHOTO BY PAUL AND BERNICE NOLL.

The Chinese call a close, sympathetic friend zhiyin (knowing the sound) or “one who truly appreciates the tune played by another.” This is an allusion to a legend about two friends named Yu Boya and Zhong Ziqi.

Yu Boya refers to the….

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