4,600,000 (2000 census).
Anhui province: Dongzhi, Jingde, Jixi, Ningguo, Qimen, She (Xi), Tunxi, Xiuning, and Yi, counties, Huizhou region; Jiangxi province: Dexing, Fuliang, and Wuyuan counties; Zhejiang province: Chun’an county, Jiande municipality.
6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Han.
Jixi, Xiuyi, Qide, Yanzhou, Jingzhan, Tunxi. Formerly considered part of Jianghuai dialect of Mandarin Chinese [cmn], but now considered by many a major dialect of Chinese. Dialects reportedly differ greatly from each other. Different from Huizhou dialect of Hakka Chinese [hak]. A member of macrolanguage Chinese [zho].
All ages. Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn].