Longlin Pan-Ethnicities (Gezu) Autonomous County () is an autonomous county
, under the jurisdiction of the prefecture-level city
, in the west of Guangxi
, China, bordering Guizhou Province
to the north.
As of 2019, the county's population was 437,907 people.
The county is inhabited by several ethnic minorities
, including the Miao
, who constitute approximately 80% of the county's population.
Present-day Longling was incorporated first incorporated into the Song Dynasty
in 1253, when it fell under the jurisdiction of Anlongdong
as part of the .
In 1402, the area was reorganized as Anlong Prefecture
, until 1666, when it was again reorganized as .
Xilong Prefecture underwent administrative changes in 1729, but otherwise went unchanged until 1912, when the Republic of China
was established and the area was reorganized as Xilong County
The area became part of the People's Republic of China
in March 1950, and a communist-led local government was set up on March 18, 1950.
On January 1, 1953 the area was renamed from Xilong County to Longlin County.
Longlin is bordered by Tianlin County
to the east, Xilin County
to the south, and by Anlong County
and Ceheng County
in Guizhou Province
to the north.
The county is home to the Tianshengqiao I
and Tianshengqiao II
dams, which sit along the Nanpan River
Longlin County is divided into 6 towns
and 10 townships
The county government is seated in the town of .
The county's 6 towns are Xinzhou, Yacha
, , , De'e
, and .
The county's 10 townships are , , , , , , , , , and .
As of 2010, the county had a crude birth rate
of 20.04 per 1,000, and a crude death rate
of 5.37 per 1,000, giving the county a rate of natural increase
of 14.67 per 1,000.
The Zhuang People of Longlin have various cultural similarities to the Yue
people who historically inhabited the area, including the use of , as well as various autonyms
The towns of , , and , as well as and all have significant Zhuang populations.
The county is home to six different groups of Miao people:
* Lopsided Miao (), whose autonyms are Meng Sha () and Meng Xia ()
* Red Head Miao (), whose autonyms are Meng Lin (), Meng Lun (), Meng Ling (), or Shou Lun ()
* Clear Water Miao (), whose autonym is Meng Pu ()
* White Miao (), whose autonym is Meng Lou ()
* Flower Miao (), whose autonym is Meng Zou ()
* Vegetable Miao (), also known in Chinese as the Ginger Planing Miao (), the Zai River Miao (), and the Zai Village Miao (), and whose autonyms are Meng Jia Ka () and Meng Bai ()
Despite these different groups within the Miao populations of Longling, all groups share similar ethnic origins.
The Miao People of Longlin County are believed to be native to Hubei
who migrated southwest towards Guizhou
, and later arrived in the region during the late Ming Dynasty
and early Qing Dynasty
The probably reason for this migration appears connected to the Qing suppression of Miao uprisings in Guizhou and Xiangxi
The Miao People of Longlin County have many cultural similarities to Miao populations found in Guizhou, including shared folklore, linguistic dialects, naming conventions, toponymy
, rituals, and celebrations.
The towns of and De'e
, as well as the townships of , , and all have significant Miao populations.
The former townships of Kechang, Changfa, and Changme also have considerable Miao populations.
Longlin is home to a considerable amount of Yi (autonym: '), who historically lived in western Yunnan
Historical documents from the Nanzhao State
suggest that certain Yi populations left Yunnan to avoid inter-tribal violence.
Considerable Yi populations live in )|WD=, De'e
, and )|WD=.
Within De'e, Yi people are concentrated in Agao (), Nadi (), Nongbao (), Tangshi (), and 10 other villages.
Yi are also found scattered across various villages in , , and the former townships of Changfa and Kechang.
The county's Gelao People moved to the area from Guizhou
during the early Qing Dynasty
, with local legends suggesting that the reason for this migration could have been conflict or famine.
In May 1990, a group of people known as the Lai (), who moved to the area from Guizhou during the early Ming Dynasty
, were determined to be part of the Gelao people by the county government after a five day hearing on the matter.
When the change was made in 1990, 978 people who were formerly classified as Lai in ethnicity were re-designated Gelao in ethnicity.
The county's Gelao people are largely found in De'e
, , , , and .
The villages of Sanchong () and Moji () have particularly large Gelao populations.
The first migration of Han Chinese to the area took place shortly after the Song Dynasty
, and a document from 1673 suggests more than 10 Han families lived in area at the time.
Areas with large Han populations are , Yacha
, , , , , , , , and .
As of 2019, the county's primary sector
accounts for 26.1% of the economy, the secondary sector
accounts for 19.5%, and the tertiary sector
accounts for 54.4%.
As of 2019, the disposable income
of the county's urban residents averages 32,508 Yuan
, and the disposable income of the county's rural residents averages 9,972 Yuan.
Each year, at the beginning of the lunar new year
, a festival in the village of De'e
is held, featuring the music and dance of the various ethnic groups who live in the area.
Each ethnic group also has its own traditions to celebrate the lunar new year, some of which are shared across multiple different groups.
The county's different peoples also have festivals unique to their own ethnicity, as well as festivals shared across multiple different ethnicities, such as the Dragon Boat Festival
and the Double Third Festival
National Highway 324
runs through the county.
External linksLonglin page
Category:County-level divisions of Guangxi
Category:Gelao autonomous counties
Category:Yi autonomous counties
Category:Miao autonomous counties