2,600,000 in China (2000 census). Population total all countries: 2,649,200. Ethnic population: 2,945,000 (2000 census).
Guizhou-Yunnan plateau, mainly Buyi-Miao and Miao-Dong autonomous prefectures, Zhenning and Guanling counties, south and southwest Guizhou; Yunnan Province, Luoping county; Sichuan Province, Ningnan and Huidong counties. Also in France (Giáy), Viet Nam (Giáy).
Qiannan (Bouyei 1, Southern Guizhou), Qianxi (Bouyei 3, Western Guizhou), Qianzhong (Bouyei 2, Central Guizhou).
SVO; modifiers follow heads; highly monosyllabic; tonal, 6 tone categories in open syllables and 4 in closed syllables
Vigorous. Rare oral use in local administration, commerce, education. All ages. Also use Chinese [cmn].
Officially classified within Bouyei nationality. Ethnonym: Giay in Viet Nam. Quinnan hua (Quinnan speech) also refers to a dialect of southwestern Mandarin spoken in Guizhou, and should not be confused with the Qiannan Bouyei dialect. Traditional religion, Daoist, Buddhist.