Lan–Yin Mandarin
RegionGansu, northern Ningxia, part of northern Xinjiang
Native speakers
10 million[citation needed]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
ISO 639-6lyiu
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Lan–Yin Mandarin (Lanyin) (simplified Chinese: 兰银官话; traditional Chinese: 蘭銀官話; pinyin: Lán–Yín Guānhuà) is a branch of Mandarin Chinese traditionally spoken throughout Gansu province and in the northern part of Ningxia. In recent decades it has expanded into northern Xinjiang.[1] It forms part of Northwestern Mandarin, together with Central Plains Mandarin (Chinese: 中原官话).[2] The name is a compound of the capitals of the two former provinces where it dominates, Lanzhou and Yinchuan, which are also two of its principal subdialects.

Among Chinese Muslims, it was sometimes written in the Arabic alphabet instead of Chinese characters.

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, spoke the Xining dialect as his first language.[citation needed]

Major Subdialects


  1. ^ China - Page 902 Chung Wah Chow, David Eimer, Caroline B Heller - 2009 "Language Most of the population in Qīnghǎi speaks a northwestern Chinese dialect similar to Gānsù huà (part of the Lan–Yin Mandarin family). Tibetans speak the Amdo or Kham dialects of Tibetan. It's possible to travel almost everywhere using ..."
  2. ^ Cahiers de linguistique, Asie orientale - Volumes 37-38 -2008 - Page 6 "兰银官话 Lányín Mandarin.."