Can Chinese people from different regions understand each others' dialects?

more_than_a_guy
There are over a billion Mandarin speakers, but how much of them understand each other? I have heard that the dialects are really different, but I want to be sure. And if I am studying standard Mandarin, how many can understand me?
Mandarin is one of the most spoken languages on the planet, but what is the point if they can't understand each other?
Can Chinese people from different regions understand each others' dialects?
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