enter image description here Is language such as Wu, Yue, Jin, Min, Hakka, Xiang, Gan, Huizhou, and Pinghua written in Classical Chinese or Written vernacular?

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    You might want to think about the question again. A language written in Classical Chinese is, in fact, Classical Chinese. If Yue Chinese is written down, the language is Yue Chinese. Maybe you meant to ask whether any of those languages have standardised orthographies.
    – dROOOze
    Commented Oct 6, 2021 at 2:11
  • Not counting ethnic minorities, there are only two standard forms of written Chinese today - traditional and simplified. For each dialect, there could be words or phrases that fitting the local custom in speaking language using the standard Chinese letters.
    – r13
    Commented Oct 6, 2021 at 2:37

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Not all languages have written form.

For many dialects in Mainland China, people there have to translate their dialects into Mandarin (Simplified Chinese) to write them down. But some ethnic minorities do have their own written languages, for example, Tibetan language.

Hong Kong people and Taiwanese, use Traditional Chinese. By the way, Hong Kong Traditional Chinese is different from Taiwan Traditional Chinese.


《何典》is a novel which uses both Wu and Mandarin.

========== from zh.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/何典===========





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