The Manchu people are a Tungusic people who came from Manchuria (today's Northeastern China). During their rise in the seventeenth century they conquered the Ming Dynasty and founded the Qing Dynasty, which ruled China until the Xinhai Revolution in 1911, which established a republican government in its place.
|approx. 10.68 million (2000) |
|Regions with significant populations|
| China (Heilongjiang · Jilin · Liaoning)|
There may also be members in Taiwan, United States, Canada and Japan.
|Manchu · Mandarin Chinese|
|Buddhism, Christianity and other religions|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Xibe, other Tungusic peoples|
The Qing Dynasty required by law that all males must wear a hairstyle called the Manchu queue, in which men had to shave the front of their heads and wear a long braid on the back of their heads.
The Manchu are still a separate ethnicity from the Han Chinese and are categorized as a seperaet ethnic minority by the government of China but the majority of Manchus no longer speak their own language much as the majority of the Irish people remain separate from English but speak English as their first language.
- Qiren.cn (Simplified Chinese)