Putian people

The Putian people or Xinghua people, (Chinese: 莆田人, pinyin: Pútiánrén; Puxian Min: 莆仙儂, Hinghwa Romanized: Pó-sing-náng) are people from Putian, east Fujian, China. They are also known as Xinghua or Henghua people (simplified Chinese: 兴化; traditional Chinese: 興化; pinyin: Xīnghuà) after the historical name of the area.[1] They speak Min Chinese called Puxian Min.

Total population
Above 5,000,000
Regions with significant populations
Puxian Min, Standard Chinese, etc.
Predominantly Mahayana Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Traditional Chinese religion or Atheism
Related ethnic groups
Fuzhou people, Leizhou Min speakers, She people

They may also be referred to as Xinghua. Hing Hua district was one former name of Putian. Henghuas are speakers of Putianese and trace their ancestry to Putian. Today, there are Henghua diaspora communities at Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Indonesia.


Putian people eat Putian cuisine, a style of Fujian cuisine known for its emphasis on fresh seafood.

Notable people

  • Lin Moniang: also known as Mazu (媽祖), Chinese Goddess of Sea
  • Cai Xiang (蔡襄; 1012–1067): Chinese calligrapher, poet, scholar and official
  • Chen Wenlong (陳文龍; 1232–1277): Scholarly General during the final years of the Southern Song Dynasty, was later deified as City God of Fuzhou and Putian during the Ming Dynasty
  • Jianqing Fan (范剑青; 1962-): Statistician, financial econometrician, Professor of Finance, a Professor of Statistics, a Chairman of Department of Operations Research and Finance
  • Ng Teng Fong: Singaporean real estate tycoon
  • Dato Sri Tahir or Ang Tjoen Ming: Founder and CEO, Mayapada Group, Indonesia
  • Mochtar Riady: Founder, Lippo Group, Indonesia
  • Sukanto Tanoto: Founder, Raja Garuda Mas International (now Royal Golden Eagle), Indonesia
  • James Riady: Son of Mochtar Riady; Deputy chairman, Lippo Group, Indonesia
  • Moses Lim, Singapore comedian and actor
  • Liem Swie King (林水鏡; Lín Shuǐjìng, born 28 February 1956 in Kudus) a former Indonesian badminton player, once one of the top players in the world
  • Ng Eng Hen, Minister of Defence (Singapore).
  • Che Yin Wong (黄志贤, 1959−): Businessman and philanthropist, Hong Kong;[2] Founder and chairman of Kong Fung International Group.
  • Theresa Fu (1984-): Hong Kong singer and actress.
  • Fong Chi Chung: founder of Singapore-based restaurant chain Putien.
  • John Sung: evangelist

See also


  1. Chinese Overseas: Comparative Cultural Issues. Hong Kong University Press. p. 92.
  2. "黄志贤:有胆识远见,还要有胸怀爱心—莆田新闻网". www.ptxw.com. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21.
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