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Chinese Classical Poem 0126 & Shirley Created Music-126:   Ting Lin Jia Chui Sheng -- Listen to a Neighbour Playing Chinese Wind Pipe (by   Lang Shiyuan)September 27, 2010

Listen to Shirley Singing the Poem in English Sep 27, 2010
Listen to Shirley Singing the Poem in Chinese Sep 27, 2010

Listen to Shirley Singing the Poem in Chinese August 20, 2006

Listen to Shirley Explaining the Poem & Follow Me to Read It
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Read Shirley's Comments about This Poem Sep 27,2010

See Shirley Created Paintings & Calligraphy for the Poem Sep 26,2010

Hi, friends, have you touched any Chinese music instrument?

Today, I would like to introduce a new Chinese classical poem that describes the music by a Chinese instrument   --Sheng Ting Lin Jia Chui Sheng -- Listen to a Neighbor Playing Chinese Sheng by Tang Dynasty(618-907)poet Lang Shiyuan.

This poem is famous because it has written out how beautiful a Chinese music of Sheng sounds like:

A piece of lovely music was coming from the other side of the colored clouds, just like a phoenix was singing over there. To be attracted by the beautiful music, the poet went out of his house, for he would like to make sure which his neighbor was playing it. However, what he has found was that all of the gates in the streets were locked tightly, so, he guessed that maybe the wonderful music was just from a fairyland that there were thousands of the peach blossoms inside.

After reading this poem, several pictures jumped into my mind:

-- A piece of music is flying over the colored clouds.
-- A poet is enjoying the sound that is like the singing of a phoenix.
-- The poet is looking for where the music is coming from?
-- All gates in the streets are closed tightly.
-- A beautiful fairyland that is full of the wonderful music, peach blossoms, birds and fruit in the heaven...

So, I did want to create a series of the paintings to match this poem. Then I did and created a new painting with very bright colors this Sunday.

Also, I have corrected the music that I had written August 20, 2006, re-translated it and re-played it and sung it in English and Chinese for you.

I do hope that my effort will be some help with you to understand this poem, to learn Chinese language and cultures.


Listen to a Neighbor Playing Sheng

By Lang Shiyuan (Tang)

A phoenix is singing over the colored clouds
I wonder which neighbor is playing the lovely music.
All gates are locked tightly and I can’t find where it is from.
Doubt it's from a fairyland with thousands of the peach blossoms.   


You are welcome to clink any Chinese Character to open the New Character Board and to see the Chinese pinyin, meaning, pronunciation and follow me to read them in Chinese


听邻家吹笙         - tīng línjiā chuī shēng
郎士元)    - Láng Shìyuán ( Ttáng )
凤吹声如隔彩霞   - Fèng chuī shēng rú gé cǎixiá,
不知墙外是谁家   - bùzhī qiángwài shì shuí jiā。
重门深锁无寻处   - Chóngméng shēng suǒ wú xún chù,
疑有碧桃千树花   - yí yǒu bìtáo qiāngshù huā。

If you have any questions, comments and suggestions, please write to or You are welcome to publish your opinions in Message Board as well.

Shirley Zhang

Written, Sung, Translated & Recorded Sun, August 20, 2006 / September 27, 2010

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