in addition to the Han people, China, with a land mass of 9.6 million square kilometers, is home to 55 ethnic groups, whose population totals 105.33 million. Though they make up only 8 percent of the national population, they are scattered across an extremely large area, covering 64 percent of Chinasterritory.
The splendid, more than 5,000-year-long Chinese civilization has had a profound influence an the development of Asian culture, and the worlds. Meanwhile, the cultural heritage of Chinese ethnic groups makes up an indispensable component of Chinese civilization.
Since ancient times, the minority groups and the Hans have amalgamated and got along well with each other. Communal efforts have made China a strong country with a vast land mass. In the course of its development, ethnic artists and scientists have created a wealth of beautiful poems, myths, legends, music, dances, paintings, and scientific works for their people and constructed many magnificent buildings. This picture album will give a brief introduction to the colorful ethnic customs including festivals, attire, marriage ceremonies, and other rites.
In general, most Chinese ethnic groups make their homes in close-knit communities in the vast plateau, grassland, and forest areas. On their beautiful land, they have created and developed their civilizations.
Language is a product of culture as well as a bridge of communication Among the 55 Chinese minority groups, 53 have their own languages, which belong to the many language branches of the Sino-Tibetan, Altaic, Indo-European, Austro-Asiatic, and Austro-Asiatic language families.