It should also be noted that Mandarin is not simplified Chinese and Cantonese is not traditional Chinese. Mandarin and Cantonese are spoken languages. Mandarin is the standard and official spoken language for mainland China and Taiwan. Cantonese is a spoken language in certain areas of China (Guangdong province) and also in Hong Kong and Macao. Cantonese is a dialect used in Guangdong (belonging to mainland China). Cantonese is also one of the official spoken languages used in Hong Kong and Macao. In other words, simplified Chinese is the official written language used in mainland China, and traditional Chinese is the official written language used in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.