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For over twelve years now, our centerpiece Introduction to Mandarin Chinese has been reducing the dreaded Mandarin Learning Curve for countless students and other netizens eager to learn about the Chinese Language.

"I've just learnt more in an hour doing your language tutorial than I could ever expect in a year of classes."

- Christine Black, Australia

With a conversational approach that aims to educate and entertain, our popular tutorial explains the basic principles of Mandarin Chinese pronunciation, characters and grammar.

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--Dr. Ming L. Pei, China The Beautiful

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CHINAPEDIA This reference guide, drawing on select U.S. government and other published sources, provides a detailed and up-to-date overview of The People's Republic of China. Go >>
CHINA NEWS HEADLINES The latest news headlines from China, as well as a list of top news stories for each province in the People's Republic, and for each major special administrative region. Go >>
NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE Our monthly newsletter, which ran from 2003-2006, is no longer published, but here we have archived some of its stories that you might still find interesting or informative. Go >>
HISTORY View a selection of engravings depicting Chinese scenes from China Illustrated, printed in four volumes between 1843 and 1847. Go >>
MUSIC Our custom Flash audio player offers eight traditional Chinese musical arrangements, featuring erhu and bamboo flute, for your online listening pleasure. Go >>

8-Minute Virtual Video Ride on a Hong Kong Bus

Video footage that puts you in the front seat on the upper level of a double decker bus in Hong Kong. The trip takes you (with some gaps) from North Point, on the north side of Hong Kong Island, toward Stanley Bay, on the island's south side.

Latest Stock News from China

Futures Belie Bulls After China Stock Gauge Rallies 11%
Traders in Chinese stock futures are sending a bearish signal after benchmark indexes surged to the highest levels in seven months.

Chinese Shares Enter Bull Market; Commodities Gain Second Day
Chinese shares in Hong Kong entered a bull market, leading emerging market stocks higher as commodities rose for a second day. Russian stocks fell to the lowest level since May.

Asian stock markets widened gains ahead of US, China data later this week
Asian stocks extended gains Tuesday with the South Korean stock market closing at a three-year high ahead of U.S. and Chinese economic reports later this week.

Stock Market Update from Briefing.com
Stock Market Update from Briefing.com

Toronto stock market to open little changed ahead of earnings, economic data
TORONTO – The Toronto stock market looked set to start the week off little changed as positive Chinese industrial data failed to lift commodity prices and traders braced for a heavy week of corporate and economic data. The Canadian dollar was off 0.02 of a cent at 92.45 cents US. New York futures were lower Read the Rest of the Entry

Tech Earnings Results Make This A Stock-Picker's Market
Overall, mid-season tech earnings present quite a mixed picture. Given these crosscurrents, this market appears to be perfect for a stock picker.

Asia stocks widen gains ahead of US, China data
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks extended gains Tuesday with the South Korean stock market closing at a three-year high ahead of U.S. and Chinese economic reports later this week.

U.S. Market Poised For Volatility, Chinese Market On A Tear
ETF Outlook for the Week of July 28, 2014   Last week finished in the red after heightened geopolitical concerns and a couple of high-profile earnings misses combined to trigger some selling. While the ...

Toronto stock market little changed ahead of earnings, economic data
TORONTO - The Toronto stock market started the week little changed as positive Chinese industrial data failed to lift commodity prices and traders braced for a heavy week of corporate and economic data. The S&P/TSX composite index inched up 3.43 points to 15,458.47. The Canadian dollar rose

Asia stocks rise modestly ahead of US, China data
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets posted modest gains Tuesday as investors treaded cautiously ahead of U.S. and Chinese economic reports later this week. Asian tech heavyweights Samsung Electronics Co. and Sony Corp. will release their quarterly financial results on Thursday. William Leys, sales trader at CMC Markets, said markets were calm before the data storm, forecasting that ...


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