Central Plains Mandarin

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Central Plains Mandarin
Zhongyuan Guanhua
Region Yellow River Plain
Native speakers
(170 million cited 1982)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
ISO 639-6 zgyu
Linguist list
Glottolog None
huab1238  (Huabei Guanhua)[2]
Linguasphere 79-AAA-bf
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Central Plains or Zhongyuan Mandarin (simplified Chinese: 中原官话; traditional Chinese: 中原官話; pinyin: zhōngyuán guānhuà) is a variety of Mandarin Chinese spoken in the central and southern parts of Shaanxi, Henan, southwestern part of Shanxi, southern part of Gansu, far southern part of Hebei, northern Anhui, northern parts of Jiangsu, southern Xinjiang and southern Shandong.[3]

The archaic dialect of Peking opera is a form of Zhongyuan Mandarin.

Among Chinese Muslims, it is sometimes written in the Arabic alphabet.




  1. ^ Gu 2009, p. 214.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Huabei Guanhua". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Chappell 2002, p. 244; Gu 2009, p. 214; Chirkova 2008.