81,300 (1999 J. Evans), decreasing. No monolinguals. 8,300 Daqishan dialect, 4,100 Taoping dialect, 3,100 Longxi dialect, 14,500 Mianchi dialect, 31,000 Hehu dialect. Around 130,000 total for Northern and Southern Qiang. 80,000 officially classified within Qiang nationality and speakers 50,000 within Tibetan nationality (1990 J-O. Svantesson). Ethnic population: 306,000 (2000 census).
North central Sichuan Province, Wenchuan and Li counties; South Mao county, which transitions into Northern Qiang [cng].
Dajishan (Daqishan), Heihu, Jiaochang, Longxi, Mianchi, Sanlong, Taoping.
SOV; heavy phonemic inventory; few consonant clusters in syllable onsets; tonal, 2–6 tones
Officially classified within Qiang nationality. Buddhist (Lamaist), traditional religion, Daoist.