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Sichuan Ethnic Group

In addition to the spectacular landscapes, abundant historical heritages and the delicious Sichuan cuisine, Sichuan is also a province with diverse ethnic groups. Sichuan has a total number of 55 ethnic groups with a population of 4,908,000, among which the Yi, Tibetan, Qiang, Hui, Mongolian, Susu, Man, and Naxi take the main position. These ethnic groups have their own unique culture and customs, which contribute greatly to the diversity of Sichuan and have become major tourism attraction for a Sichuan tour.

Yi

Population: 2,644,000

Location: Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture

Along its long history and rich cultural heritages, the Yi ethnic group attracts people most by its grand traditional Torch Festival. The colorful activities held during the festival including wrestling, bull fighting, horse racing, beauty contest, and bonfire carnival are real charms to tourists around the world.

Tibetan

Population: 1,497,000

Location: Garze & Aba

As one of the most ancient & mysterious ethnic group, the Tibetan people stand out for its unique culture, customs, religion, art, architecture, costumes, and food. The devout Buddhism Tibetans, together with their remote yet spectacular monasteries & traditional religious festivals are highlights to appreciate.

Qiang

Population: 297,000
Location: Aba,Mao County
The Ancient Qiang ethnic group that has a profound history of more than 3,000 years has unique culture and customs in the aspects of religion, marriage, costumes & art. The Qaing handcrafts & their traditional architectures including Diaolou, rope bridges & plank roads are highly respected among ethnic groups.

Hui

Population: 108,000

Location: Guangyuan City, Minzhong City, Chengdu City

The Hui people are usually referred to as Chinese Muslims. The Islamic religion had a deep influence on their culture and customs. Mosques are symbolic architecture of the Hui ethnic group. Hari Raya Puasa is the most important traditional festival of the Hui ethnic group.

Lisu

Population: 18,600

Location: Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture,Panzhihua City

The Lisu ethnic group is a hill tribe & Lisu people are mainly inhabit in remote mountainous areas. The Lisu people still keep the traditional custom of taking ‘Spring Bath’ in hot springs during the Spring Festival. The festival lasts for several days & some traditional activities will also be held during the spring bath period.

Mongolian

Population: 27,000

Location: Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Chengdu City

The Nadam Festival which is the most popular traditional festival of the Mongolians is something should not miss out. The festival is held each August, during the festival contests such as archery on horseback, wrestling, horse racing and other traditional activities are held.