The landslide, triggered on Sunday by heavy rain, hit a hydroelectric power station that was under construction in Fujians Taining County. President Xi Jinping had demanded that local officials step up rescue efforts.
"As of 1 p.m., 22 bodies had been found at the scene and two people who were on the missing list had been found alive and safe," the official Xinhua news agency said, citing authorities.
Persistent rain has made rescue work more difficult, Xinhua reported.
In December, a landslide in the southern city of Shenzhen buried 77 people. The government has blamed breaches of construction safety rules for that disaster and a number of officials have been arrested.
Sundays landslide is the latest accident to have raised questions about Chinas industrial safety standards and lack of oversight over years of rapid economic growth.