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Nangqên County

Nangqên County
Chinese transcription(s)
 • Chinese 囊谦县
 • Pinyin Nángqiān Xiàn
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.

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 of Gansu (after 1928 to newly established Qinghai province), but was highly autonomous. The present-day's county comprises the core area of that kingdom.


External links

  • Nangchen historic area
  • Religious life in Nangchen: Photo album

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