On 18 November 2016, the Seminar on Chinese Guqin Culture, sponsored by the National Library of China (National Museum of Classic Books), was held in Beijing, which aimed to further deepen the public's understanding for Guqin culture, and invited more than 20 famous Guqin experts and scholars to hold exchanges and discussions on Guqin culture connotation, Guqin's roles in Chinese traditional culture, Guqin culture inheritance and current status.
On the seminar, Li Honglin, deputy director of the National Library of China (NLC) and executive deputy director of the National Museum of Classic Books (NMCB), reported the NLC's Guqin classics, metallophone in Tie Qin Tong Jian Library, one of the four libraries in Qing Dynasty, and the roles of NMCB for carrying forward and inheriting Guqin culture. Many experts and scholars spoke out their ideas on the seminar, including Wu Zhao, national inheritor of Guqin intangible cultural heritage, Ma Weiheng, contemporary famous experts on Guqin and Kun Opera, Ni Shiyun, the fourth generation successor of Mei'an Qin school, Mao Yi, director of Guqin Committee of China Nationalities Orchestra Society and director of China Kun Opera & Guqin Research Institute, calligrapher Guo Zhihong who was good at Guqin, Li Bing, national first-level singer, and so on, which helped people apprehend the charm and roles of Guqin art, and made people understand the roles of Guqin art in Chinese culture inheritance.
Chinese Guqin Culture Exhibition was open on the same day. This exhibition presented the legend stories of famous Qin, Qin masters and Qin owners in various dynasties with texts and pictures in terms of Guqin history evolution, manufacture skills of Qin, and so on. Besides, the exhibition displayed related contents on Qin culture collected by the NLC, including documents about Qin theories, manufacture of Qin and Qin art, and famous Guqin entities and duplicates. When visiting the exhibition, the audience couldn't only deeply understand the stories about Qin, but also appreciate the rare famous Guqin entities and duplicates at close distance.
In addition, the exhibition displayed various parts of Guqin, and provided instruments and bare wood for the audience to experience the manufacture process of Guqin. The exhibition hall applied laser projection interaction technology to create the atmosphere of high mountains and flowing water, and offered Hanfu in various colors for men and women. The audience could dress on Hanfu, and enjoy the pleasure of playing Qin.
During the exhibition period, the NMCB will unite various Guqin institutions, universities, middle and primary schools, social organizations to hold a series of "Walking into the Big Classroom of the NMCB" activities, such as "Guqin and Poetry", "Approaching beautiful Guqin", and so on, organize Guqin lovers, students of universities, middle and primary schools to visit the exhibition, make them deeply understand Guqin culture and manufacture skills, and make Guqin art available to the ordinary people.
Qin was one of the most ancient and the most representative musical instruments, which was praised highly by literati. It was said that Qin was produced in ancient period. In the Book of Songs, the earliest poetry collection, the records about Qin appeared over and over again, which reflected that Qin music was penetrated into all aspects of social life. Nowadays, Guqin art has become the common culture fortune of human beings. In 2003, Guqin art was included into the "Human Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage Masterpieces" by UNESCO. Up to present, there have been 29 items of Guqin art selected into national and provincial intangible cultural heritage.