Nangqên County

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Nangqên County
Chinese transcription(s)
 • Chinese 囊谦县
 • Pinyin Nángqiān Xiàn
Coordinates: 32°14′10″N 95°58′23″E / 32.236°N 95.973°E / 32.236; 95.973
Country China
Province Qinghai
Prefecture Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Nangqên County, or Nangchen (Tibetan: ནང་ཆེན།, ZYPY: nang chen, Chinese: 囊谦县; pinyin: Nángqiān Xiàn), was formerly one of Kham region's five independent kingdoms and now administered by the CCP as a county of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southernmost Qinghai province, China.

The county seat is Xangda (shor mda’ / Xiāngdá Zhèn 香达镇), built in a side valley and on the right bank of the Dza Chu (upper reaches of the Mekong). In 2000, the county's population amounted to 57.387 people, inhabiting a surface of 11.539 km².


Tana Monastery (Jang Tana)

The county's name is derived from the former king (nang chen rgyal po) and kingdom of Nangchen, a tribal confederation that adhered to the Chinese government[citation needed] of Gansu (after 1928 to newly established Qinghai province[citation needed]), but was highly autonomous. The present-day's county comprises the core area of that kingdom.

A Yelpa Kagyu monastery, Tana Monastery (Jang Tana), was founded by Yelpa Yeshe Tsek in 1068. It is considered a branch monastery of Tsurpu.[1][2][3][4]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Nangqên is divided into one town and 9 townships:



  1. ^ "Jang Tana". The Treasury of Lives. Retrieved 2017-08-05. 
  2. ^ "Tana Sengge Nam Dzong" - the Monastery of Ling, in: Andreas Gruschke, The Cultural Monuments of Tibet’s Outer Provinces: Kham vol. 2 - The Qinghai Part of Kham (Yushu Autonomous Prefecture), Bangkok 2004, pp.110-115.
  3. ^ Tanma Jamyang Tsultrim: "Cultural Relics of the Tana Monastery in Yushu and Gesar", in: Tibet Studies, 1991, No.1, S. 184-190.
  4. ^ Tana monastery, (towards) Ji'nyinsib, Qinghai, CN. Mapping Buddhist Monasteries, accesssed August 5, 2017.

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Coordinates: 32°14′N 96°06′E / 32.233°N 96.100°E / 32.233; 96.100