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Articles > Hohhot's Manchu legacy

Aug 12, 2010
by Yue Hongyan

Global Times

As the capital of Inner Mongolia, Hohhot is often seen by travelers as a great spot to learn about Mongolian culture, however, it is lesser known that Manchu culture also abounds in the remote grassland city, adding a unique ethnic legacy to the area.

"The city's history can be dated back to 1581, it was named Guihua at that time," professor Tong Jingren, an expert in Manchu culture, told the Global Times. "In 1739, another city named Suiyuan was built nearby during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), which is today's Hohhot," he said.

Tong, 68, is a descendant of Buxi, the third general of Suiyuan. His family has lived in the city for 260 years. Tong has spent 30 years researching Manchu and built the first private Manchu folk-custom gallery in China in 2003. Belonging to the descendants of Plain White Banners, one of the Eight Banners, or Qing nobility, Tong has devoted much of his life to preserving the cultural heritage of Manchu people.


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