China’s ethnic Zhuang people and their costumes, Guangnan County, Yunnan Province. PHOTO BY JIALIANG GAO.
The Zhuang (or Bouxcueng) tribal people of the southeast have contributed greatly to the history of southern China. They now are the largest of China’s fifty-five officially recognized ethnic minority groups.
The Zhuang is the largest officially recognized minority ethnic group in China. (The Chinese government recognizes one majority group, the Han, and fifty-five minority groups.)