Dongxiang Autonomous County
Dongxiang Autonomous County
The northwestern edge of Dongxiang Autonomous County (Hetan Township) seen from across the Daxia River from the neighboring Linxia County
Dongxiang in Linxia
Linxia in Gansu
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Dongxiang Autonomous County (simplified Chinese: 东乡族自治县; traditional Chinese: 東鄉族自治縣; pinyin: Dōngxiāngzú Zìzhìxiàn; Santa: Dunxianzu Zizhixien) is an Autonomous County in the Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture, province of Gansu of the People's Republic of China. With ethnic minority of the Dongxiang.
A town called Tangwangchuan (唐汪川) in Dongxiang Autonomous County had a multi ethnic populace, the Tang (唐) and Wang (汪) families being the two major families. The Tang and Wang families were originally of non-Muslim Han Chinese extraction, but by the 1900s some branches of the families became Muslim by "intermarriage or conversion" while other branches of the families remained non-Muslim.
People in the area have changed their ethnicity by marrying members of other groups or converting to their religion. The Tang and Wang families are now composed of all three different ethnic groups, with Han Chinese, Hui, and Dongxiang people. The Dongxiang and Hui are Muslims.
Tangwangchuan and Hanjiaji were notable for being the lone towns with a multi ethnic community, with both non-Muslims and Muslims.
In the local music of Hezhou/Linxia, a Hui and Han song called "Hezhou" contains the verse "tang wang chuan you yi ge" (唐汪川有一个) in its third Ling.
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