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Encyclopedia > Li Chinese

Li (黎 pinyin L) is a minority Chinese ethnic group. They form one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the People's Republic of China. The majority of Li Chinese live on Hainan island on the south coast of China.


Li Chinese has its own language (黎语) which is classified as one of the Sino-Tibetan languages. Li language did not have a writing system, but it adapted the Latin alphabet as its writing system during the 1950s. The Li people have regular contact with Han Chinese; therefore, the majority of Li people can understand or speak Mandarin.



Chinese ethnic groups (classification by PRC government)
Achang - Bai - Blang - Bonan - Buyi - Dai - Daur - De'ang - Dong - Dongxiang - Drung - Evenks - Gaoshan - Gelao - Gin - Han - Hani - Hezhen - Hui - Jingpo - Jino - Kazakh - Kirghiz - Koreans - Lahu - Lhoba - Li - Lisu - Manchu - Maonan - Monpa - Miao - Mongols - Mulam - Naxi - Nu - Oroqin - Pumi - Qiang - Russian - Salar - She - Shui - Tajik - Tatars - Tibetan - Tu - Tujia - Uyghur - Uzbek - Wa - Xibe - Yao - Yi - Yugur - Zhuang

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Chinese Poems (427 words)
This site presents Chinese, pinyin and English texts of poems by some of the greatest Chinese poets.
Most of the featured authors are from the Tang dynasty, when culture in China was at its peak, but writers from other periods are also included.
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Li Hongzhang Summary (2604 words)
Li Hung-chang was born on Feb. 15, 1823, in Hofei in Anhwei Province.
Li Hongzhang was born Li Tongzhang (李銅章) in the village of Qunzhi (群治村) in Modian township (磨店乡), 14 kilometers (9 miles) northeast of downtown Hefei, Anhui.
Li was always strongly impressed with the necessity of strengthening the empire, and when viceroy of Zhili he raised a large well-drilled and well-armed force, and spent vast sums both in fortifying Port Arthur and the Taku forts and in increasing the navy.
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