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China recognizes 55 ethnic minority groups within the country in addition to the Han majority. With over 25 ethnic minorities living in Yunnan, they make up about 34 percent of its population.
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An elderly Naxi Chinese ethnic minority woman heads out to her farmland to harvest some crops in Lijiang, northern Yunnan Province, on September 30, 2012. Income inequality continues to grow in China as rural poverty persists despite rapid urban growth. China raised the poverty line to $1 per person per day in 2011, increasing the country's poverty-stricken population from 26.99 million to 128 million. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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