The Jin people are speakers of a Sinic language closely related to Mandarin. They live mainly in Shanxi province of People’s Republic of China, but also north of it in Inner Mongolia and south in Shaanxi province, as well as in some parts of eastern provinces of Hebei and Henan. Their population is about 45 millions. Known Jin settlements are the city of Taiyuan and the famous town of Pingyao. Traditionally the Jin in the countryside lived in ‘cave-houses’ built inside rocky slopes of mountains with wooden fronts. They cultivate rice in terraced hills. The village on the picture is Qikou in Shanxi province, not far from Pingyao.