52,300 (Wurm et al 1987).
Hainan province: Baoting, Lingshui, and Qiongzhong counties, near Wuzhi mountain.
6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Li.
Considered by Chinese linguists a dialect of Hlai [lic], but very different from Hlai dialects in phonology, grammar, and vocabulary.
Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn].
Together with Hlai [lic] speakers. Traditional religion.