I'm at work then :( Really annoying because I've been trying to find out where I can get Guqin tuition for ages.
Do you need a teacher who speaks English or Mandarin only is ok?
Mandarin is ok, probably better. I need to save up to buy a new guqin first though!
How much were you thinking of spending? Generally speaking, a playable qin is 3,000 - 10,000, though some of 王鹏's are going for like ... a million RMB.
As cheap as possibe probably. No point in buying a good one till I can actually play.
I've got a pretty good one from a maker in Yangzhou you can have a look at if you want - yours for 3,500RMB if you mention WLIB.
Or wait a bit because I'm checking out another maker that's more central this weekend for a comparison - I had to travel bloody miles to get that last one! Subway, bus, black taxi, walk.
Trouble is, most shops in central Beijing these days charge an arm and leg for stuff like that. You can go to the shops in Xinjiekou but either the qins aren't of playable quality - they're ok to stick on the wall but not to play - or they want like... 8,000 RMB for a basic model.
It's going to be like 2 months before I have enough spare cash to think about it to be honest. Just got here, have to pay rent in a three month block etc etc. Do you know where I can get tuition though? To make things worse I need someone who can either do late evenings or mondays/tuesdays.
Check out the article I linked for a teacher.
If you tell me where you live I can ask around if there's a teacher nearby.
I'm moving into an apartment in Deng Shi Kou pretty soon