300,000 (2000 census). 100,000 monolinguals. Used by most ethnic Naxi as L1. Ethnic population: 300,000.
Northwest Yunnan Province, a majority (over 200,000) in Yulong (formerly Lijiang) Naxi autonomous county. Some scattered through Weixi, Zhongdian, Ninglang, Deqing, Yongsheng, Heqing, Jianchuan, and Lanping counties. Some in Sichuan Province, Yanyuan, Yanbian, and Muli counties. A few in Tibet Autonomous Region, Mangkang county.
Lapao, Lijiang, Ludian. Similar to Narua [nru].
SOV; no checked syllables; tonal, 4 tones (some sub-dialects have only 3 tones)
Official ethnic language of the Narua nationality. Buddhist (Lamaist), Buddhist, Daoist, Confucianist, traditional religion, Christian.