The place in China where the women lead

Society & Culture

The matrilineal Mosuo society in Yunnan Province has drawn an increasing number of tourists over the years, and while the tourism boom has helped alleviate the poverty and isolation of the ethnic minority group, it is also eroding traditional family structures.

Credit: Tourists take photos by the water in Lugu Lake in southwest China. The area is home to the Mosuo ethnic group, which has one of the world's relatively rare matrilineal societies.