Shanwei is a city where a number of ethnic groups live in concentrated communities. There are Han ethnic group as the majority and over thirty ethnic minorities including Yao, Zhuang, Hui, Manchu, Meng, Jing, Miao, Bai, Dong and Tujia, who are distributed in Ruyuan Yao Autonomous County and its bordering parts.
Shanwei boasts fantastic scenery and rich cultural, historical sights. For example, there are renowned hills, ancient temples, stalactite caves, rip currents, hot springs, virgin forest, precious historical and cultural relics, cliff inscriptions and folk customs. By now more than ten scenic spots have been open to tourists, including the nationa.