Published September 5, 2017
This video was recorded by Brian Zhao in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. Guiyangese is a variety of Southwestern Mandarin, which is spoken by as many as 260 million people across central China, as well as by diaspora communities worldwide. It is considered by linguists to be a primary branch of the Mandarin Chinese language which, with nearly a billion native speakers, is one of the world’s most widely spoken mother tongues. The Southwestern variety to which Guiyangese belongs is spoken primarily in the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan, Chongqing, and Guizhou, as well as in parts of Hubei, Hunan, Guangxi, Shaanxi and Gansu. Some varieties are not mutually intelligible with Standard Chinese.