200,000 in China (Wang and Mao 1995). 61,000 in Hainan Province (2000 census). Total users in all countries: 374,500.
Guizhou province: 17 counties.
6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Yao. The majority officially classified within Yao nationality.
Latin script [Latn], used since 1983, experimental, used in China.
The largest Yao group after Iu Mien. Daoist.