Huan Qing grew up in the Sanxia belt, Bayu region of the mountainous metropolis Chongqing. He has lived in Chengdu, Dali, and now is based in Xishuangbanna. In 1997, he founded the avant-garde band “The Other Two Comrades.” For decades he has been engaged in field recording research (emphasizing the music of ethnic minorities) in southwest China. He has composed music for and performed ancient and contemporary Chinese poetry. While established as a significant figure in experimental and world music in China, Huan Qing still maintains the simple traditional aesthetics of folk culture.