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Yuehai (Chinese: 粵海方言; pinyin: Yuèhái fāngyán; Jyutping: jyut6 hoi2 fong1 jin4) is the main branch of Yue Chinese, spoken in the Pearl River Delta of the province of Guangdong, as well as Hong Kong and Macau. It is commonly called Cantonese, though that name is more precisely applied to the Guangzhou dialect of Yuehai.

Native toChina
RegionPearl River Delta, Guangdong
Native speakers
13 million? (1998)[1]
  • Guangfu
  • Sanyi
  • Xiangshan
  • Guanbao
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)
Ping and Yue dialect map.svg
The four main Yuehai dialects, at right, are shaded in pink


Yuehai is divided into four principal dialects, each of which contains various subdialects. Cantonese is the prestige form.


  1. ^ "Guangfu" (apparently = all of Yuehai) in Olson, An Ethnohistorical Dictionary of China
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Yuehai". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.