Speakers of Xiang Chinese

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Hunanese people
湖湘民系/湘語人 Shiāen'lỳ nin
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Regions with significant populations
China Mainland China Half of Hunan
Northeastern Guangxi
Taiwan Republic of China on Taiwan As a small part of Mainlander population of Taiwan island
Xiang Chinese
Mahayana Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Chinese folk religion

The Xiang-speaking Chinese or Hunanese people (Chinese: 湖湘民系; pinyin: Huxiang minxi; Xiang Chinese: 湘語人 Shiāen'ỳ nin) are a Xiang-speaking Han ethnic subgroup originating from Hunan province in Southern China,[1] but Xiang-speaking people are also found in the adjacent provinces of Guangxi and Guizhou.


Xiang is a subdivision of spoken Chinese that originates from Hunan, Mao Zedong is well known for being a native speaker of that language.

Hunan cuisine is very famous of its use of chili peppers.

Huaguxi is a local form of Chinese opera that is very popular in Hunan province.


  1. ^ Original from the University of Michigan Digitized Dec 21, 2006 David Levinson, Karen Christensen (2002). David Levinson, Karen Christensen, ed. Encyclopedia of modern Asia, Volume 6 (illustrated ed.). Charles Scribner's Sons. p. 174. ISBN 0-684-31247-6. Retrieved February 29, 2012. XIANG The term "Xiang" refers to the people and the local sublanguage used in Hunan, a province in southeast-central China; Xiang is derived from the older literary name of Hunan. It is estimated that more than 25 million Chinese (most of them living in Hunan