In what first appears as a guy doing bong hits in the park is in fact a musical instrument that dates back 3,000 years.This is one of the oldest varieties of Chinese instruments and first appeared circa 551 BC during the Zhou Dynasty (1111 to 222 BC). It consists of a bundle of between 17 to 36 bamboo pipes seated on a small wind chamber.
By virtue of its construction, this is the only unique Chinese musical instrument in the Chinese orchestra capable of playing up to six notes simultaneously. It is therefore commonly called as the “Chinese mouth organ” by western people. The SHENG is used as both a solo and accompaniment instrument.
This guy was seated in front of Marina City, a huge shopping complex and was doing quite well in the tip department-yes I tipped him. It is only legal to busk in China if you are native and playing traditional music.