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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

Alibaba Initiates a Move in the Smartphone Market
The Chinese smartphone market is experiencing fast growth with homegrown brands gaining an increasing market share.

What are the most common market indicators to follow the Chinese stock market and economy?
Learn the most commonly followed market and economic indicators used by market analysts to track the Chinese stock market and China economy.

Chinese Exuberance is Back
The Chinese stock market rally is back on. Last year’s sharp rise in Chinese stocks appears to be resuming after a flat 2015. The post Chinese Exuberance is Back appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia .

Chinese Stock Market Plays Emerge Amid Growth Concerns
Chinese stock market bears have sparked a sharp sell off in some Chinese stocks due to their souring outlook on the country's growth. The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite is up 3.5% this year. That does compare favorably to the

China stocks to power ahead? Experts think so
Profit-taking saw Chinese equities snap a ten-day winning streak on Wednesday, but analysts say it's just a small hiccup in what could be another stellar year for mainland stocks.

The Unbearable Exuberance of China's Markets
Chinese investors are acting as giddy as Americans were on Dec. 5, 1996, the day Alan Greenspan made his infamous "irrational exuberance" dig at markets. Here's what the country's securities regulator said Friday, the day the Shanghai Composite Index rallied to its highest close since May 2008: “Investors should be cautious about market risks,” the China Securities Regulatory Commission said on ...

London launches Europe's first yuan money market fund
The London Stock Exchange has launched a yuan-denominated money market fund, allowing investors direct access to the Chinese interbank lending market. The newly listed Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is the first in Europe to offer both institutional and retail investors exposure to money market instruments that invest in the China Interbank Bond Market (CIBM) via Germany's Commerzbank and CCB ...

Shares flat as banks rise and miners fall
The share market has closed relatively flat as the mining and energy sectors fell on Chinese inflation data.

China stocks may be in serious bubble
Some say that when the average “mom-and-pop” retail investors get back into the stock market, it may be time to get out. But what about when the teenagers start buying?

SE Asia Stocks - Mostly steady-to-weaker; Indonesia underperforms
March 25 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets were flat-to-weaker on Wednesday for a second day on global economic worries after Chinese factory activity came in weaker than expected with Indonesia ...

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