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Wuhan dialect
Native toChina
RegionWuhan, Hubei
Language codes
ISO 639-3

The Wuhan dialect (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: , local pronunciation: [u⁴²xan¹³xua³⁵]; pinyin: Wǔhànhuà), also known as the Hankou dialect, belongs to the Wu–Tian branch of Southwest Mandarin spoken in Wuhan, Tianmen and surrounding areas in Hubei, China. The Wuhan dialect has limited mutual intelligibility with Standard Chinese. Grammatically, it has been observed to have a similar aspect system with Xiang Chinese.[1]



Like other Southwest Mandarin varieties, there are four tones. Words with the checked tone in Middle Chinese became the light level tone.

Middle Chinese tone class Wuhan Example
Dark level
āōēīūǖ 拉 (la55)
Light level ǎǒěǐǔǚ 爸 (pa213)
Rising tone àòèìùǜ 走 (zou42)
falling tone áóéíúǘ 叫 (tɕiau35)
neutral tone .

Media use

Wuhan dialect is used in the 2021 film Embrace Again, which is set in Wuhan. Embrace Again was filmed and released in two versions, one in Wuhan dialect and one in Standard Mandarin.[2]


  1. ^ Zhang, Shiliang (2015). The Wuhan Dialect: A Hybrid Southwestern Mandarin Variety of Sinitic (MA thesis). The University of Hong Kong. doi:10.5353/th_b5481914. hdl:10722/211145.
  2. ^ "Light in the early, dark days of the pandemic". Retrieved 8 January 2022.