World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Tongren County

Article Id: WHEBN0015174188
Reproduction Date:

Title: Tongren County  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: 2010 Tibetan language protest, National Cultural Ecosystem Conservation Areas of China, Major national historical and cultural sites (Qinghai), Ping'an District, Amdo
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Tongren County

Tongren County
Chinese transcription(s)
 • Chinese 同仁县
 • Pinyin Tóngrén Xiàn
Country China
Province Qinghai
Prefecture Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Tongren County (Standard Tibetan: ཐུན་རིན་རྫོང་, Wylie: thung ren rdzong; Chinese: 同仁县; pinyin: Tóngrén Xiàn) known to Tibetans as Rebgong (Standard Tibetan: རེབ་གོང་, or Standard Tibetan: རེབ་ཀོང་, རེབ་སྐོང་)[1] in the region previously known as Amdo is the capital and second smallest administrative subdivision by area within Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province, China. The county has an area of 3465 square kilometers and a population of ~80,000 (2002), 75% Tibetan. The economy of the county includes agriculture and aluminum mining.

The county has a number of Tibetan Buddhist temples, including the large and significant Longwu Temple of the Gelupa (Yellow Hat) sect. It is known as a center of Tibetan thangka painting. Rebgong arts where named to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

In October, 2010 there were reports of large demonstrations in Tongren by Tibetan students who reportedly shouted the slogans, “equality of ethnic groups” and “freedom of language." [2]

Demographics and languages

The Tibetan language is the lingua franca of Tongren County and the surrounding region, which is populated by Tibetans and Hui people, as well as some Han Chinese and Mongols. [3]

Wutun, a Chinese-Bonan-Tibetan mixed language, is spoken by some 2,000 people in the two villages of Upper and Lower Wutun, located on the eastern bank of the Rongwo River.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "China Adds to Security Forces in Tibet Amid Calls for a Boycott" article by Edward Wong in The New York Times Feb. 18, 2009, accessed October 21, 2010
  2. ^ "China: Tibetan Students March To Protest Education Policies" article by Edward Wong in The New York Times October 21, 2010, accessed October 21, 2010
  3. ^ a b

External links

  • A Century in Rebkong, Amdo, an Amdo primer
  • Video about Tongren - the city of Tongren and its most important monasteries with famous Buddhist art schools for Thangka painting
  • Travel Videos from mickspatz at - travel videos about Buddhist Monasteries and Tibetan Art of the Tongren-Rebkong valley and Xiahe
  • Videos about a great festival in Tongren-Rebkong, July 2006 By Italian writer Mario Biondi, in Italian
  • Photographs of Tongren/Repkong Shaman Festival

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.