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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.
Chinese women of the ethnic minority group the Naxi sing and dance to traditional songs during a show for tourists in their "village" in the Yunnan Nationalities Village in Kunming, the capital of China's southern Yunnan Province, on September 23, 2012. 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. All are hanging on their cultural identity as "progress" is accompanied by a larger, more powerful Han majority. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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A Chinese woman of the ethnic minority group the Naxi watches her friends sing and dance to traditional songs during a show for tourists in the Yunnan Nationalities Village in Kunming, the capital of China's southern Yunnan Province, on September 23, 2012. 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. All are hanging on their cultural identity as "progress" is accompanied by a larger, more powerful Han majority. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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A Naxi Chinese ethnic minority woman carries her grandson home from shopping in Lijiang, northern Yunnan Province, on September 30, 2012. China is facing a demographic time bomb as it hits 100 million elderly, making it the only country on earth with more than 100 million elderly people. Proof is multiplying that the world's most populous country is aging at an alarming pace. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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A Cai Chinese ethnic minority woman uses a loom to make colorful scarves and shawls from local silk and cotton to sell to tourists in Lijiang, northern Yunnan Province, on September 30, 2012. In many ancient cities around China which have a large population of ethnic minorities, textiles and fabrics are widely available and sought after by both foreign and domestic tourists. UPI/Stephen ShaverStephen Shaver
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Chinese of the ethnic minority group the Lahu show how they rescue women during a show for tourists in the Yunnan Nationalities Village in Kunming, the capital of China's southern Yunnan Province, on September 23, 2012. 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. All are hanging on their cultural identity as "progress" is accompanied by a larger, more powerful Han majority. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Chinese tourists walk across a stone bridge connecting various ethnic villages in the Yunnan Nationalities Village in Kunming, the capital of China's southern Yunnan Province, on September 23, 2012. 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. All are hanging on their cultural identity as "progress" is accompanied by a larger, more powerful Han majority. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Poor ethnic minority Chinese load by hand mud bricks on to a truck from an old house being torn down to make way for a new hotel 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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