Visiting Minority Peoples in China

The majority of Chinese people are Han Chinese comprising over 90%+ of all Chinese people. The rest belong to 57 different minority groups and many sub groups. The most diverse groups live in South China and especially Yunnan province where it is easy to visit many different groups in one province. Here you see Mosuo women dancing at Lugu Lake near LiJiang. They live around a beautiful lake high in the mountains and do not marry. The Zhrung and Yeo people, with some shown here with their long hair that they cut only once in their lifetime, can be visited outside of Guilin near the rice terraces of Longsheng. The Tibetan man singing is from the area of Shangrila high up in the mountains in northwest Yunnan a half day’s drive from LiJiang or a short flight from Kunming. Each minority group has their own dress and customs some of which are very unusual to us. The Hani men retire when they get married and the women do all the work and earn the family income. If there is a divorce later however the women gets everything and the man gets the clothes on his back. I am sure he treats her well! An extra week of travel in China for this area will be very interesting or as a second or third trip to China you may spend more time in this unique area. Xishuangbanna in the very south of Yunnan province is semi-tropical and has the only airport in southern Yunnan. Botanical Gardens and 13 minority peoples live in this area which is also a good place to visit during the late Fall, winter or early spring. For more information on the Minority peoples of China let us hear from you. Email us at

57 Minority Peoples in China

The Han Chinese are about 85 to 90% of the Chinese people; however there are 57 different minority peoples living in China. Perhaps you can think of them as tribes such as our many Indian Tribes in the U.S. Each minority has their own customs and dress. I have spent several years visiting many of these minority peoples learning about their lives and how they live. There is a great concentration of different minorities in the southern provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi although there are others across the country too. The top photo is of a Bai girl, middle one of a group of Zhrung women and the bottom photo of a Mosuo woman. Just as an example, I will give you one characteristic of each. The Bai girls and boys MUST be able to sing very well or their chances of marrying are not good. Zhrung women all have the exact same hair style. Most Musuo women never marry and live on top of a mountain around a beautiful lake. If you are going to China be sure to include some of the minority areas to view their cultures. Tours to China is our business but enjoying the country and the people is my real passion. I hope I can do a tour just for you to your specific interests. Check my web site at   Click on the photos for a full screen view