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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.

"The best. A must-visit site" for Chinese Language learning.

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

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Other Features
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

IPO Roundup: 4 companies make their debut Thursday
Two Chinese Internet companies, a sporting goods retailer and a travel software provider rose in their stock market debuts Thursday. Beijing-based Weibo had the largest gains of the four. Shares of social ...

Stock Market News for April 17, 2014
Benchmarks ended higher on Wednesday primarily boosted by encouraging industrial production data and better-than-expected Chinese economic data

Weibo shares pop 19% in IPO
Weibo shares rallied on the first day of trading Thursday, in what could be a positive sign for other Chinese technology companies hoping to list on the U.S. market.

Chinese social media company Weibo's shares jump in US stock market debut
Chinese social media company Weibo Corp.'s shares soared in their U.S. market debut Thursday.

Weibo Shares Jump in Market Debut
Chinese social media company Weibo's shares jump in US stock market debut

Alibaba heads towards $200bn New York float
CHINESE e-commerce titan Alibaba could reach a market valuation of over $196bn (£116.7bn) on its stock market debut, according to IG’s grey market trading leading up to the float.Alibaba, which offers ...

Costs of Censorship Haunt ‘Chinese Twitter’ IPO
When shares of Chinese microblogging network Weibo -- a.k.a. the Twitter of China -- begin trading on the NASDAQ stock market today, investors will be calibrating their enthusiasm to account for the risk of future censorship by Chinese officials.

Yahoo earnings offer peek into Alibaba’s cave of treasure
Quick facts about the Chinese e-commerce giant, which will soon debut on the American stock market.

Market Hustle: Stock Futures Rise Ahead of Yellen; Chinese GDP Beats Estimates
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stock futures were pointing higher Wednesday after better-than-expected Chinese growth while investors anticipated dovish remarks from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. Companies such as Google are due to report earnings. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were rising 84.44 over fair value to 16,272.0 while futures for the S&P 500 were up 11.27 over fair ...

Baidu Leads Weekly Advance as Weibo Surges 19% in Debut
Chinese stocks trading in New York rose, posting their second weekly gain, on speculation the government will take additional steps to stimulate the economy. Weibo Corp. climbed 19 percent in its trading debut.

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