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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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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.

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11 stock bubbles that have already popped
© Bloomberg/Getty Images; Reuters; Bloomberg/Getty Images; AP Photo The Nasdaq Composite’s pullback from its peak above 5,000 earlier this week may be fueling concerns that a stock-market bubble is about to pop, just like it did 15 years ago.

Chinese revolution at Thomas Cook
Chinese conglomerate Fosun is buying a 5% stake in Thomas Cook for £91.8 million as part of a deal which the travel operator hopes will help it cash in on China's £85 billion tourist market.

China giant Fosun takes 5% stake in Thomas Cook
Chinese conglomerate Fosun International announced Friday it had bought a five percent stake in UK-based tour operator Thomas Cook in its latest foray into the travel market. A statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange, where Fosun is listed, said the company had bought the stake, worth 91.8 million pounds ($140 million), at 125.59 pence per share. "The Group intends to purchase further Thomas ...

Hong Kong stock exchange profit jumps 13% on year
Hong Kong's stock exchange operator reported a jump in trading activity in 2014 as the launch of a mutual market access program with Shanghai proved a draw for mainland investors, while a new clearing unit boosted revenue from its ownership of London Metals Exchange.

China Focus: Stock market reveals new engine for Chinese economy
BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) -- As the Chinese economy slows, a stock price boom of recently listed new enterprises has stoked hopes of new growth vigor through innovation, an area the government had previously identified as having potential.

Alibaba opens US data center in new challenge to Amazon
Chinese online giant Alibaba will open a data center in Silicon Valley, it said Wednesday, challenging US rival Amazon in the field of cloud computing.

Hong Kong Flooded by Chinese Day Trippers
Thinning out are the throngs of Chinese visitors snapping up Prada bags and Swiss watches in central Hong Kong as President Xi Jinping strengthens his campaign against graft and extravagance.

Solar ETF Provides a Ray of Sunshine
A solar sector exchange traded fund is rising against broad selling pressure across the equities market Wednesday as a Chinese stock component surges. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) rose 3.6% ...

Rebound Tipped For Singapore Stock Market
Rebound Tipped For Singapore Stock Market

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