Income across Chinese Regions. around 48,000 yuan, or about four times the level of the lowest income regions. This breakdown begins to show regional wealth inequality within China, but still does not fully capture inequality within each province, which requires finer micro data. In other words, the living standards in Beijing and Household Wealth Holdings. A common challenge confronted by wealth researchers is that random sampling fails to adequately capture the wealth information of the extremely wealthy, who account for a large portion of total wealth holdings (Keister 2014).The distribution of wealth in China is highly skewed, as in most other societies, meaning that a small minority of the population possesses a China’s current mainly market economy features a high degree of income inequality.According to the Asian Development Bank Institute, “before China implemented reform and open-door policies in 1978, its income distribution pattern was characterized as egalitarianism in all aspects.” At this time, the Gini coefficient for rural – urban inequality was only 0.16.