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The northwestern edge of Dongxiang Autonomous County (Hetan Township) seen from across the "Daxia River
from the neighboring Linxia County
"Coordinates: 35°36′N 103°12′E / 35.600°N 103.200°E
Dongxiang Autonomous County ("simplified Chinese: 东乡族自治县; "traditional Chinese: 東鄉族自治縣; "pinyin: Dōngxiāngzú Zìzhìxiàn) 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.
Dongxiang Autonomous County contains the town of Tangwangchuan.
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.
The "Guomindang official Ma Hetian visited Tangwangchuan and met an "elderly local literatus from the Tang clan" when he was on his inspection tour of Gansu and Qinghai.
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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