Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny/Cloudy    27 / 15 ℃  City Forecast

Home>>PD Online Database >> Ethnic Odyssey

The Dongxiang ethnic minority

(People's Daily)

10:03, August 11, 2011

Population: 373,700

Major areas of distribution: Gansu and Xinjiang

Language: Dongxiang and Han Chinese

Religion: Islam


Photo: Chen Haiwen

People of the Dongxiang ethnic minority live in the part of the Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture situated south of the Yellow River and southwest of Lanzhou, capital city of the northwest province of Gansu. Half of them dwell in the Dongxiang Autonomous County, and the rest are scattered in Hezheng and Linxia counties, the city of Lanzhou, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and some other places.

The Dongxiang ethnic minority received its name from the place it lives -- Dongxiang. However, this ethnic group was not recognized as a minority prior to the founding of the People's Republic in 1949. The Dongxiangs were then called "Dongxiang Huis" or "Mongolian Huis." The Dongxiang language is basically similar to Mongolian, both belonging to the Mongolian branch of the Altaic language family. It contains quite a number of words borrowed from the Han Chinese language. Most of the Dongxiang people also speak Chinese, which is accepted as their common written language. Quite a few of them can use Arabic alphabet to spell out and write Dongxiang or Chinese words.

The Dongxiangs are an agricultural people who grow potatoes, wheat, maize and broad beans as well as hemp, rapeseed and other industrial crops.
【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

Leave your comment1 comments

  1. Name

DPEVqTWIaxbfbv at 2011-11-2291.218.225.*
Wheover edits and publishes these articles really knows what they're doing.
  

Selections for you


  1. Intangible cultural heritages displayed

  2. Mini schools in south China's Guangxi

  3. Ancient city of Phoenix

  4. Armed police conducts combat drill in Xinjiang

Most Popular

What's happening in China

Youngsters may be left behind, but not forgotten

  1. Currency deal ushers in a new era
  2. Most people uneasy about what they eat
  3. New punishments for police abusing prisoners
  4. Public shows big appetite for food safety app
  5. Various Chinese cuisines displayed at 1st CIFTIS

China Features

  1. Maritime spat between China and DPRK
  2. The 24 solar terms
  3. High ticket prices, unaffordable landscapes
  4. Huangyan tensions
  5. 2012 Russia-China joint naval exercise

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai