With a population of 1.3 billion and counting, China constitutes just under 20% of the world's inhabitants. Making up the vast majority of residents (91.59%) are the ubiquitous Han, leaving just a little over 8% to the 56 ethnic minorities officially recognized by the People's Republic. In Minority Report, we explore the colorful characters, customs and cultures of these fascinating peripheral groups. >>> One of the 56 ethnic minorities officially recognized by the PRC, the Xibo people of China number just over 170,000—a speck in the dust when you think the total population is 1.4 billion, and even a modest-sized town usually constitutes several hundred thousand. Originating from the mountainous regions of what was once Manchuria (which covers what is today the three most northeastern provinces of China), the Xibo now live at opposite sides of the country, the tribe having been split back in 1764 when the Qing Dynasty emperor Quanlong dispatched a garrison to protect the eastern borderlands of today's Xinjiang. While the Xibo of the Dōngběi (东北) (as China's most northeastern three provinces are collectively called) have largely been assimilated, in Xinjiang they have proudly held on to their traditions, language and culture.