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The ethnic majority of Chinese people are the Han Chinese, compromising of approximately 91.5% of the population. The other 8.5% is made up of the remaining 55 ethnic minorities. The Zhuang of Guangxi province in the south of China are the next biggest ethnic group with only 18 million people.
Yunnan Province is home to at lest 17 minorities
Xinjiang and Tibet are the only two provinces in China that don't have a Han Chinese majority and this makes them feel quite different to the rest of China and this is instantly obvious to tourists who are willing to move a little more "off the beaten track" with their China holiday.
All in all, make sure you take a bit of time during your trip around China to encounter the less well known members of the population of China. Whether they be the Manchu in the North East or the Naxi in the South West, the Hui Muslims or the Tibetan Buddhists, you'll undoubtedly discover another side to China and your trip will be enriched by it.
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Article posted by Phil Stanley: 17th May 2013
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