Meanwhile, in the other SAR... The guzheng took centre stage when the Macau Youth Chinese Orchestra performed to a full house on Saturday night. About 400 people poured into the Macau Cultural Centre for the concert, which featured Chan Wei-min on the traditional Chinese string instrument. It was first in a series of concerts by the youth orchestra. Orchestra vice-deputy Lei Sao-lai said the guzheng was extremely popular in Macau. Lei said many people, particularly those who had retired, had started learning. 'I think if this was a normal orchestra concert, maybe the response would not be so overwhelming,' she said. 'There is a lot of interest in the guzheng and it's good for the members of the orchestra to perform to a big crowd. 'Many older women whose children have grown up now find that they have more time on their hands so they look for something they like - and learning the guzheng is very common.' Chan is a music teacher at Guangzhou's Xinhai Music College and has a master's degree in the instrument. He previously was chief of the Chinese Orchestra at the college. Lei, who performed in the orchestra's percussion section on Saturday night, said the group practised once a week in the lead-up to the event. She said it was an excellent opportunity to show the people of Macau what the 40-member orchestra was capable of. 'Our youngest member is 11, but most of the others are teenagers. They are at high school or university and we all love music,' she said. 'It is a lot of fun to have these shows in front of a lot of people and we are planning more this year.' The Macau Youth Chinese Orchestra was founded in 2004 and is conducted by Lei Chi-long.