233,000 in China (2004). All Hmong in China: 8,950,000 (2000 census). Population total all countries: 1,698,400. Ethnic population: 8,950,000.
South and southwest Guizhou, northwest Guangxi, southeast and southwest Yunnan provinces. Also in France, Laos, Thailand, United States, Viet Nam.
Largely intelligible with Hmong Njua [hnj], but sociolinguistic factors require separate literature for Hmong Daw.
Tonal, 7 tones
Officially classified within Miao nationality. Traditional religion, Christian.