Add:1801 Huaihai Road M.
Time:10am - 9:30pm
A trip to You Huang Li takes you out of modern-day Shanghai and into ancient Chinese culture. Nestled in the historic setting of a 1930s building, culture lovers come together to revive traditional music instrument, the guqin. The club was formed about three years ago by a small group who were trying to practice the seven-stringed instrument and decided to get together to talk about culture. Since then, about 1,500 people have joined. The appearance of guqin at the Beiijing Olympics opening ceremony last year has renewed interest in the more than 3,000-year-old instrument. As a member you are offered a one-hour guqin lesson once a week. You Huang Li has five teachers who run classes every evening and each weekend depending on your schedule. At any time members can come and practice or just sit and listen to the music while drinking tea. Those who don't speak Mandarin can come and learn guqin and the language. Instruction costs about 1,000 yuan for 12 classes, with courses running over three months with 12 lessons or over six months with 24 lessons. One-on-one classes are also available and private coaching is offered by professional guqin performer Qiao Shan. On some weekends the group holds mini-concerts and other cultural activities.