Miao, Western XiangxiPrint
820,000 (Wang Fushi and Mao Zhongwu 1995), decreasing.
Northwest Hunan Province, Huadan, Fenghuang, Baojing, Jishou, Guzhang, Longshan, and Xinhuang Mayang counties; northeast Guizhou Province, Songtao county, Tongren and southeast Chongqing municipalities; Xiushan and Youyang counties; southwest Hubei Province, Xuan’en county; north Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Hechi municipality; Nandan county.
6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Miao.
None known. Inherently unintelligible of other Miao varieties. A member of macrolanguage Hmong [hmn].
Vigorous, strong sense of ethnic identity. Most domains except education. Positive attitudes. Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn].
Latin script [Latn], pinyin-based, 1951–1956, 1958–1969, and from 1978, experimental.