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The zhuihu (, pinyin: zhùihú; also called zhuiqin or zhuizixian) is a two-stringed bowed string instrument from China. In construction, it resembles the sanxian, and likely evolved as a bowed version of that musical instrument. Unlike bowed string instruments in the huqin family (such as the erhu), the zhuihu has a fretless fingerboard against which the strings are pressed while playing.

The zhuihu is used to accompany a form of traditional narrative singing referred to as zhuizi, which originated in the Henan province of China.[1] A more modern version of the zhuihu called the leiqin was developed in China in the 20th century.[2] Another related instrument is the Japanese koky?.


  1. ^ Shen, Sin-yan (2001). Chinese music in the twentieth century. Chinese Music Society of North America. p. 30. ISBN 978-1-880464-04-5.
  2. ^ Shen, Sin-yan (1991). Chinese music and orchestration: a primer on principles and practice. Chinese Music Society of North America. p. 129. ISBN 978-1-880464-00-7.

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