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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.

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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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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

Stocks rally; S&P 500 has best day of 2014
U.S. stocks were solidly higher in early trading Tuesday, the market's fourth straight day of advances, following an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly earnings from Apple and others.

Stocks rally; Standard & Poor's 500 has best day of 2014
NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor's 500 index its best day of the year.

Feature: Publishers taking Chinese literature to the world
Frankfurt, Germany— China, the world’s second-biggest book market after the United States, has long been a consumer of works from other countries. Now it is making a push to export its own literature abroad, helped by the e-book revolution. Industry players at the Frankfurt Book Fair said they had observed a change in Chinese exhibitors’ focus from acquiring foreign rights to selling the ...

Market recovers losses in bounce-back
New York The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor's 500 index its best day of the year. Investors rallied behind an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly results from Apple and other big companies. The market continues on its recovery from last week's swoon and has now erased much of its losses over the last two weeks. "I think it's ...

How the Dow Jones industrial average did Tuesday
The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor's 500 index its best day of the year.

TSX claws back more losses, up 210 points on strong earning, Chinese growth data
TORONTO - The Toronto stock market powered to a solid gain for a fourth straight session Tuesday, supported in part by a well-received earnings report from Canadian Pacific Railway and data that showed ...

Gayety Plans to Acquire the Entire Issued Share Capital of Brilliant Forever
Stock Code: 8179), a local multi-branded Chinese restaurant group offering specialised menus and catering for large-scale wedding banquets and events, is pleased to announce that it entered into a memorandum of understanding with Brilliant Forever Limited ("Brilliant Forever"), which owns the exclusive licence to conduct dessert business under the trademark of "Lucky Dessert" in the PRC, for the ...

Stock Market Today: Stocks Rally on Housing Data as Volatility Tumbles
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks surged on stronger-than-expected housing activity and a moderating of volatility after sharp moves in bond, commodity and currency markets roiled equities in the first two weeks of the month. U.S. stocks added to early gains after data from the National Association of Realtors showed that existing home sales rose 2.4% in September, reaching a one-year high ...

Chipmaker ARM's upbeat message fails to allay concerns
By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - British chipmaker ARM Holdings' predictions of improving smartphone demand and strengthening royalty growth met with a cool stock market response after it fell short of third-quarter revenue expectations on Tuesday. The company that provides the technology that powers the iPhone 6 pointed to Apple's booming sales, but investors will take more convincing over ...

Oil Rises After Chinese Economic Growth Exceeds Forecasts
West Texas Intermediate and Brent crudes advanced after Chinese economic growth exceeded analysts’ estimates, signaling stronger fuel demand in the world’s second- biggest oil consuming country.

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