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Aba (Ngawa) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture is situated in northwestern Sichuan Province, the eastern end of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It neighbors Qinhai and Gansu provinces in the north.

For thousands of years, a multitude of Chinese ancient ethnic minorities, including Qiang, Sienpi (Xianbei), Tubo and Hui, had worked collaboratively on the development of Aba, leaving the land abundant culture accumulations of ethnic minorities. The prefecture was changed into Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in 1955 and Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in 1987.

Tableland and alpine valleys make up the main landform of the prefecture. Parts of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and the Hengduan Mountains extend to its territory. Alpine valleys are mainly distributed in the southeastern part, while its northwestern land is plateau region. Minjiang River and Dadu River, tributaries of the upper Yangtze River, flow across Aba which is the only place in Sichuan Province having the Yellow River flow through.

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2011-05-23
Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Scenic Area Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Scenic Area, also in northern Sichuan s Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, neighbors the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area. It was named after the ancient Huanglong Temple within the area. The most ...Read More
2011-05-23
Songpan's history dates back 2,300 years. It is the oldest county in Aba Prefecture. In 1379 Zhu Yuanzhang (1162-1227), founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty, established Songzhou Guard, which was renamed Songpan after it annexed a nearby area. The ancient town ...Read More
2011-05-23
Danba is a small county in the mountain valley whose residents are Gyarong Tibetans, or farmers living in a mild climate. This area of Tibetan-speaking hamlets perched stunningly on 8,000-foot-high mountainsides that loom over the town of Danba, has long been ...Read More

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by Harden 2011-05-23
The Aba Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture is located on the southeastern rim of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the northwestern part of Sichuan Province. It is mainly inhabited by the Tibetan and Qiang ethnic groups. The prefecture covers 83,426 square kilometers and has a population of 790,000. Under its jurisdiction, there are 13 counties: Wenchuan, ...
by Xiao 2011-05-20
Project on Assistance to Earthquake Orphans in Aba Tibetan Area Supported by Buddhist NGO Network (BNN), China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) successfully completed the project on Assistance to Earthquake Orphans in Aba Tibetan Area. Aba Prefecture Children Welfare Center (APCWC) was the beneficiary organization of this project. With BNN financial ...
by Edlyn 2011-05-20
The plant hormone ABA has been studied using LC-MS-MS The impact of the plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA) has been studied by Chinese scientists using liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) and gel electrophoresis. Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Botany and the Capital Normal University collaborated on the ...