Chinese Facebook Launched – Ish

Facebook in Chinese (Simplified, I presume) is available. The Wall Street Journal (a fine publication I read every morning in my local store until the Polish guy comes over and tells me to either buy it or get out) has the story.

The Chinese site can be accessed by going directly to However, this takes me to an English logon screen (presumably because of my Irish IP address), and then logging in with my usual details makes me think this Chinese version is rendered from a single global instance that’s just been cross-mounted with a .CN domain.

Chinese version?

However, it does not – unlike other “international versions” – allow for “social translation” (see the “Translations” options in the following screen shot):

Translation options

You can get the Chinese UI by simply switching your language option. Go to account > Language.


Ultan Ó Broin
Ultan Ó Broin (@localization), is an independent UX consultant. With three decades of UX and L10n experience and outreach, he specializes in helping people ensure their global digital transformation makes sense culturally and also reflects how users behave locally. Any views expressed are his own. Especially the ones you agree with.


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