25,700,000 in China (1984). Population total all countries: 30,082,810.
Widespread with other dialects. Greatest concentration in east and northeast Guangdong Province; also in west and southwest Fujian, south Jiangxi, Guangxi, Hunan, Sichuan, and Hainan provinces. Also in Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Panama, Singapore, South Africa, Suriname, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States.
Changting, Hailu, Huayang, Huizhou, Ning-Long (Longnan), Pingdong, Tingzhou (Min-Ke), Tonggu, Yuebei, Yue-Tai (Meixian, Raoping, Taiwan Kejia), Yuezhong, Yugui. Yue-Tai (Meixian) is standard dialect. Lexical similarity: with Gan Chinese [gan].
Majority officially classified within Han nationality.