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Huangnan Tibetan Aut. Prefecture, A tier-one administrative division under Qinghai Province, In Chinese [黄南藏族自治州]

Huangnan Tibetan Aut. Prefecture Overview

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Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Region is located in the southeastern part of Qinghai Province, bordering Gansu Province. It covers an area of 18,800 sq km and has a population of only 223,793.

Administrative Areas: Huangnan prefecture administers Tongren County, Jianzha County, Zeku County, and Henan Mongolian autonomous county on behalf of another. Autonomous prefecture government is in Longwu Town, Tongren County, and is 181 kms away from Xining, the capital city of Qinghai.

Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Region is located in the southeastern part of Qinghai Province, bordering Gansu Province. It covers an area of 18,800 sq km and has a population of only 223,793.

Huangnan has a complex continental plateau climate with significant geographical differences from low altitude to high altitude. The average temperatures of the counties under jurisdiction of Huangnan range from 4-8.

Huangnan is rich in mineral resources such as gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, antimony, and arsenic. In addition, there are over 60 rivers and streams running through the prefecture with theoretical hydro-energy amounting to 2.6 million kw. Huangnan is also replete with cultural landmarks and natural scenery.

Huangnan currently is not accessible by railways and airports. Transportation in Huangnan mainly relies on highways. There are provincial highways connecting Huangnan with outside regions and counties under jurisdiction of the region.

Cultural Highlights

Huangnan is known for its profound and multi-cultural history. There are 15 minority ethnic groups including Tibetans, Hui, Mongols, and Tu, living here. Tibetans, Mongols and Hui account for 65.9%, 13.5% and 7.9% of the total population, respectively.

Huangnan is also famous for its Regong art, an important genre in Tibetan Buddhism. With history of more than 700 years, it is called "a magnificent pearl of Chinese art" and includes paintings (murals and scrolls called "thangka" in Tibetan), clay and wooden sculptures, barbola, color paintings on buildings, patterns, and butter sculptures.

Tourist Attractions

Huangnan is rich in beautiful tourism resources. Tourists should visit Kanbula National Forest Park, the Lijiaxia power station dam and reservoir area, Tongren Historical and Cultural City, and Maixiu Primeval Forest.

Tibetan Regong art is always the most popular tourism theme in Huangnan. Along the Yellow River to the southeast of Qinghai Province,Tongren County is reputed as the "Home of Tibetan Culture and Art".

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