Chinese Culture

Population Statistics

China

Population

1,373,541,278

[July 2016 est.]

Language

Mandarin [official]

Yue

Wu

Min

Xiang

Gan

Hakka

Each of these language groups contains multiple dialects and local variations, such as Cantonese, Shanghainese, Hokkien and Teochew. There are several hundred dialects of Chinese spoken in total, as well as appromixately 300 minority languages, including Mongolian, Tibetan, Uygher and Zhuang.

Religion

No Religion 52.5%
Folk Religion 21.9%
Buddhism 18.2%
Christianity 5.1%
Islam 1.8%

[2010 est.]

 

Ethnicity

Han Chinese 91.6%
Zhuang 1.3%
Other 7.1%

[2010 est.]

The Chinese Government officially recognises 56 groups including Hui, Manchu, Uighur, Miao, Yi, Tujia, Tibetan, Mongol, Dong, Buyei, Yao, Bai, Korean, Hani, Li, Kazakh, Dai and other nationalities.

Cultural Dimensions

80

20

66

30

87

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Australians with Chinese Ancestry

1,213,903 
[Census, 2016]

Chinese in Australia

Population

509,555

[Census, 2016]

This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Median Age

33 
[Census, 2016]

Gender

Male 44.0%
Female 56.0%

[Census, 2016]

Religion

No Religion 73.4%
Buddhism 10.9%
Catholic Christianity 2.4%
Christianity [undefined] 2.3%
Baptist Christianity 1.5%
Other Religion 5.2%
Not Stated 4.1%

[Census, 2016]

Ancestry

Chinese 95.6%
English 1.9%
Russian 0.8%
Other Ancestry 1.7%

[Census, 2016]

Language Spoken at Home

Mandarin 75.8%
Cantonese 16.1%
Chinese [undefined] 3.3%
English 2.6%
Other Languages 1.8%

Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 49.4% speak English fluently.

[Census, 2016]

Diaspora

New South Wales 46.0%
Victoria 31.5%
Queensland 9.2%
Western Australia 5.3%
Other 8.0%

[Census, 2016]

Arrival to Australia

Prior to 2007 38.2%
2007 - 2011 22.8%
2012 - 2016 33.1%

[Census, 2016]

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