; pinyin: qínqín) is a plucked Chinese lute
originally with a wooden body, a slender fretted neck, and three strings. photo 1 photo 2
Its body can be either round, photo
hexagonal (with rounded sides), or octagonal. photo
Often only two strings were used, as in certain regional silk-and-bamboo ensembles. photo
In recent years the instrument has been redesigned to have a skin resonator and often up to four strings.
The qinqin is particularly popular in southern China: in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. A similar instrument, the two-stringed đàn sến, has been adapted from the qinqin for use in the traditional music of southern Vietnam. photo