Chinese characters, also known as Han characters, have no capitalization.
Simplified and traditional Chinese characters
There are two schemes of Chinese characters currently in use: simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese. Simplified Chinese is used predominantly in mainland China, Malaysia and Singapore, whereas traditional Chinese is used mainly in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Editors should follow the scheme used by the release. Normally, characters from one scheme is not used together with the other; exceptions to this rule should only be made to respect artist intent.
Simplified and traditional Chinese characters could be easily translated between each other using popular translation websites. However, because simplified Chinese is a simplification of traditional Chinese, a single simplified Chinese character could correspond to multiple traditional Chinese characters. Therefore, translations should be only be performed on traditional Chinese to simplified Chinese, but not the reverse.
Non-standard form characters
Due to the lack of character standardization, some Chinese characters could be written in several ways and are included in Unicode as different glyphs. Only standard characters should be used for official tracklists. For alternative "as-is" tracklists, any non-standard character should follow the character form printed on the release.
Chinese punctuation differ slightly between different regions.
Transliteration into Latin script
Chinese releases may be transliterated into Latin script, usually as Pseudo-Releases. While there are many romanization systems for Chinese, Hanyu Pinyin is the most common in MusicBrainz. In Hanyu Pinyin, only the first letter of a sentence and proper nouns should be capitalized.
- More detailed writing rules can be found in Basic Rules of Hanyu Pinyin Orthography.
- Whether or not the Chinese and non-Chinese part of the title should be separated by a space depends on the grammar and meaning of the title as a whole and is not covered by this guideline.