6,000 (2000 Sun Hong Kai). 1,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 7,000 (2000 D. Bradley).
West central Sichuan Province, Ganzi (Garzê) Tibetan autonomous prefecture, 4 townships: Shiji, Maibeng, Qianqi, Shelian West; also Guza town; plateaus on both sides of north Dadu river.
Phonological dialect differences, but communication is possible. 2 or 3 varieties have difficult mutual intelligibility. Loanwords from Tibetan and Chinese.
SOV; adjectives and number-classifier constructions follow noun heads; tonal, 4 tones
Vigorous. Only in the village with their own people. Children rarely use it. Negative attitudes. About 5,000 also use Mandarin [cmn]. About 1,000 ethnic Guiqiong reportedly understand Guiqiong, but do not speak it.
Officially classified within, and Guiqiong peoples consider themselves, Tibetan nationality. Buddhist (Lamaist).