Haklau Min

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Hai Lok Hong
RegionMainly in Shanwei, eastern Guangdong province.
Native speakers
2.65 million (2021)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3(hlh is proposed[2])
ISO 639-6hife
Linguasphere79-AAA-jik (Haifeng)
79-AAA-jij (Lufeng)
  Hailufeng / Hai Lok Hong (southwest end, classified inside Teo-Swa due to being administered in Teoswa Region)
Haklau Min
Traditional Chinese海陸豐話
Simplified Chinese海陆丰话

Hailufeng (海陸丰 Hai Lok Hong), or in the language itself Haklau, is a variety of Chinese mostly spoken in the Hailufeng region of Guangdong. The region includes Shanwei (Swabue), which administratively includes Haifeng County (海丰 Hai Hong), and Lufeng City (陸丰 Lok Hong), which itself was a former county and now county-level city. The name 'Hailufeng' / 'Hai Lok Hong' (海陸丰) is a portmanteau of those places. It is a Southern Min (Min Nan) language with similarities to Hokkien, especially Chiangchew Hokkien, but since the Hailufeng region of Guangdong is part of the Teoswa region, it also has close geographical and cultural ties with neighboring Teochew.[3][4] Ethnically, the Haklau see themselves as Hokkiens, separate from the Teochews.

Differences from Teochew include the preservation of the final codas -t and -n, which are completely lost in Teochew, as well as the absence of the -oi finals.


  1. ^ "Reclassifying ISO 639-3 [nan]: An Empirical Approach to Mutual Intelligibility and Ethnolinguistic Distinctions" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2021-09-19.
  2. ^ "Change Request Documentation: 2021-045". 31 August 2021. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Cháozhōuhuà pīnyīn fāng'àn / ChaoZhou Dialect Romanisation Scheme". sungwh.freeserve.co.uk (in Chinese and English). Archived from the original on 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
  4. ^ Campbell, James. "Haifeng Dialect Phonology". glossika.com. Archived from the original on 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2008-11-06.