Central Min

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Central Min
Min Zhong
Native to Southern China, United States (mainly California)
Region eastern Fujian; Fuzhou; Yong'an, Sanming
Native speakers
3.1 million (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 czo
Glottolog minz1235[2]
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Min Zhong (pink)

Central Min, or Min Zhong (simplified Chinese: 闽中; traditional Chinese: 閩中; pinyin: Mǐnzhōng), is a part of the Min group of varieties of Chinese. It is spoken around Yong'an, Sanming and Sha located in the central mountain areas of Fujian. The total population of approximately 3 million native speakers, is the fourth most common subgroup of Min.


  • Sanming
  • Yong'an
  • Shaxian


  • Norman, Jerry (1974), "The initials of Proto-Min", Journal of Chinese Linguistics, 2 (1): 27–36, JSTOR 23749809.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (includes a description of the phonology of the Yong'an dialect)


  1. Central Min at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Min Zhong Chinese". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>