The Guzheng (古箏) or Zheng is a Chinese musical instrument similar to the zither. It has a set of strings which are plucked with the fingers while the player can press the strings for extra effects such as vibrato and pitch bends.
I am very fond of the sound of this instrument as it conveys a very “Chinese” feel to the music.Listen to this performance of Spring River Flower Moon Night 古筝 – 春江花月夜
Here is my arrangement of a traditional Chinese song called Jasmine Flower. The instrument is a piece of software called String Studio from Applied Acoustics which models the sounds of plucked instruments. I arranged the piano music to make a MIDI file – follow the music on this PDF file: The Jasmine Flower.
Now listen to Beautiful Flower under the Full Moon 古筝 – 月圆花好
The other instrument which is particularly “Chinese” is the erhu. Here is a performance of both guzheng and erhu in a piece titled Winter Crows Playing in Water 寒鸦戏水
More information on the Guzheng can be found on Wikipedia.