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by Xinhua writer Wu Yilong

FUZHOU, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Putting a leaf between his lips, Qiu Shaochun, 53, blew a melody composed by himself, accompanied by 16 teenage leaf-blowers.

As China's most famous leaf blower, Qiu has performed in more than 30 countries. At a Spring Festival gala held last Monday, the musician once again enchanted the audience of his hometown Shanghang, a mountainous county in east China's Fujian Province.

"Leaves may be the oldest, simplest and most accessible musical instrument in the world," said Qiu, "Our ancestors learned to blow the leaf more than 10,000 years ago, for entertainment and communication."

In his home village of Fuyang, Qiu as a child enjoyed listening to a blind fisherman blow the leaf, and he learned the technique from his father, a versatile high school music teacher. ( With leaf-blowing as a hobby, Qiu chose to major in the erhu, a Chinese string instrument, and entered the Fujian Provincial Song and Dance Theater in 1985.

During the following years, Qiu became an accomplished erhu player. Never giving up his childhood dreams, he resolved to make leaf-blowing his career in 1996 and joined a theater company from Xiamen, Fujian, as a soloist to perform in Spain, France and Italy in 1998.

The European audiences were eager to see, touch and keep the "magic" leaves he used, Qiu recalled.

Qiu is dedicated to breaking the boundaries of his art. For example, he extended the leaf-blowing range to three octaves, wider than the erhu. In addition to Chinese songs, he also plays well known foreign tunes.

He has improved the original blowing methods, by emphasizing control and adjustment of the breath. "Once you can direct the flow of breath at will," he said, "music just flows out through the leaf."

Though any kind of leaves can be used, it is critical to choosing tough, smooth and thin leaves. Qiu himself prefers leaves of the banyan, the city tree of Fuzhou, capital city of Fujian, where he lives.

"Some people suggest plastic or fabric substitutes," said Qiu. "That may be all right. But just as the electronic organ can not replace the piano, fresh leaves are irreplaceable."

To Qiu's delight, leaf-blowing amateurs and musicians are increasing in China. Under his coaching, his home village now has a leaf-blowing band of 10 villagers, the only one of its kind in the province.

In October 2016, Qiu was invited to give a series of lectures and performances on the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, organizing a group of 15 amateurs including several professors.

Qiu is now leading the work to include the art of leaf-blowing on the list of UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage. "We've commenced a long journey of rejuvenating the ancient folk art," he said.

BERLIN Preston Smith Jersey , March 25 (Xinhua) -- The crash of German budget airline Germanwings flight 4U9525 in southern France with 150 people on board, including 72 Germans, shocked the whole nation. No one is expected to have survived the crash.

At 10:53 local time (0953 GMT) on Wednesday, staff of Germanwings and its parent company Lufthansa held a minute's silence at Duesseldorf Airport.

Lighted candles and messages to mourn victims of the plane crash were seen at the airport.

"Dear parents Brandon Scherff Jersey , brothers, friends and lovers: Be strong, Duesseldorf. The world and I grieve together with you. You are not alone," read one note.

After confirming the accident on Tuesday Montae Nicholson Jersey , Germanwings and Lufthansa changed their otherwise colored logos into gray scale on social media.

At the request of the German Ministry of Interior, flags at all federal agencies in Germany will fly at half-mast from Wednesday to Friday.

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), of which Duesseldorf is the capital, also decided to fly flags in government offices at half-mast on Wednesday and Thursday.

A total of 16 teen-aged students and two teachers in Joseph-Koenig High School in Haltern am See Samaje Perine Jersey , a town 80 km north of Duesseldorf, died in the plane crash.

After the tragic news was received, the school was closed. Many students brought flowers and candles to mourn their peers.

"This is the darkest day in the history of our city," said Bodo Klimpel Fabian Moreau Jersey , the mayor of Haltern am See.

The local newspaper Halterner published on Wednesday a full-page obituary, stating: "16 students and two teachers of Joseph-Koenig High School lost their lives in the tragic plane crash in France, leaving a whole town in shock. In these difficult hours, our deepest sympathy goes to the families and relatives Ryan Anderson Jersey , friends and companions of the victims."

NRW Minister of Education Sylvia Loehrmann said at a press conference: "No one can take the pain of losing a close family member or friend. We can only share it. And through this sharing we can provide some consolation."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday arrived with NRW Prime Minister Hannelore Kraft at the crash site in southern France.

German President Joachim Gauck, who was visiting South America, also decided to cut short his visit and return home early. "My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims," he said. "May they find strength and comfort in this difficult time."

The Bundestag Jonathan Allen Jersey , Germany's lower house of parliament, plans to mourn the victims of the disaster on Thursday before the start of its session.

TAIYUAN, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Archaeologists have unearthed 18 ancient tombs from different periods in north China's Shanxi Province.

The excavation was conducted by the provincial institute of archaeological research from February to May 2017 in Taigu County, where a high-speed railway line section is about to be built.

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