The music of Qinghai, a province of China inhabited by Tibetans, Mongolians and others, includes hua'er, a type of song prevalent throughout northwest China. This informal music is often competitive in nature, with singers interacting and improvising topical and love lyrics, usually unaccompanied. Qinghai's folk music is known for its intervallic leaps in melody.
Qinghai has also produced the well-known composer Bright Sheng, who worked in Qinghai's Folk Dance and Music Theatre while he collected the area's folk songs. He has used elements of local folk music in his compositions.