Chinese storyteller Fong Liu tells the story of the Golden Reed Pipe

Chinese storyteller Fong Liu tells the story of the Golden Reed Pipe
Storyteller Fong Liu
Storyteller Fong Liu

Chinese storyteller and musician Fong Liu is on the Litro Lab podcast this week, telling the story of “The Golden Reed Pipe”, a traditional folk tale of the Yao culture, an ethnic minority who live in the mountains of southern China.

“The Golden Reed Pipe” is the story of Little Red, a girl who is kidnapped by a dragon, and her brother Bayberry, who rescues her by making the dragon dance.

Fong’s wonderful storytelling style combines narrative and singing to create a funny and idiosyncratic tale. You can find out more about Fong Liu at her website.

You can listen to the podcast using the player below, or subscribe via iTunes by searching “Litro Lab”.

Sound credits:
“Unanswered Questions” by Kevin MacLeod (, licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.
“Yangchun Snow”, from Famous Ancient Chinese Tunes, open source community audio.

Emily Cleaver

About Emily Cleaver

Emily Cleaver is Litro's Online Editor. She is passionate about short stories and writes, reads and reviews them. Her own stories have been published in the London Lies anthology from Arachne Press, Paraxis, .Cent, The Mechanics’ Institute Review, One Eye Grey, and Smoke magazines, performed to audiences at Liars League, Stand Up Tragedy, WritLOUD, Tales of the Decongested and Spark London and broadcasted on Resonance FM and Pagan Radio. As a former manager of one of London’s oldest second-hand bookshops, she also blogs about old and obscure books. You can read her tiny true dramas about working in a secondhand bookshop at and see more of her writing at

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