In this series of articles we overview languages present in any given country. This time we are looking at the languages spoken in China

The biggest languages present in China include:

  • Chinese (Han) – 1.32 billion speakers;
  • Yue (Cantonese) – 57.57 million speakers;
  • Wu (Shanghaiese) – 71.97 million speakers;
  • Min – 71.97 million speakers;
  • Xiang – 28.79 million speakers;
  • Gan – 14.39 million speakers;

The sole official language of the country is Chinese.

Below you will find summaries for the languages supported by our translation services.


Chinese is a Sinitic language spoken by 1.20 billion people both in China and abroad. It is the sole official language of China.

Chinese language summary
Number of speakers worldwide1.20 billion
Language familySino-Tibetan
WritingHanzi logograms
Major Chinese-speaking populations in:6 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

Approximately 1.20 billion people in more than 6 countries speak Chinese as either the first or a second language. Countries with a significant number of people speaking the language include:

  • Singapore
  • China
  • Malaysia
  • Taiwan
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau

More than 1.32 billion residents of China understand Chinese.


Chinese employs the Hanzi script, which in itself is a sub-type of the Chinese character script. It is written in the left-to-right or top-to-bottom-to-left fashion.

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