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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

Sieren's China: Shanghai's stock market soars

Crude oil prices riding global stock market waves
Daniel J. Graeber NEW YORK, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Word of a revision to Chinese growth domestic product and continued rallies in major stock market indices helped lift crude oil prices in global trading Friday.

China media: Stock market
Calls for intervention dismissed after Shanghai stock exchange hits a 44-month high.

Chinese key stock index marches to 49-month high
BEIJING, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese shares were mixed on Friday's closing, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index (SCI) ending at 3,108.6 points, up 1.67 percent.

China overtakes Japan as the world’s second largest stock market
So far in 2014, the capitalization of the Chinese stock market has already increased by 33% to $4.48 trillion.

Aust shares weaker at noon
The Australian stock market is more than one per cent lower at noon as weaker Chinese data and fears surrounding the Ukraine spook investors.        

MORGAN STANLEY: Chinese Stocks Could Go Way Down Or Way, Way, Way Up
The Chinese stock market has been on fire...

Global IPO market booms 50% in 2014
The global IPO market was on a roll this year, as companies took advantage of the rising stock market and strong investor appetite.

Rising rates defy China easing hops
China's stock market has soared to multi-year highs since the PBoC cut interest rates, as more aggressive easing is expected. The FT reports.

Chinese stock market is opening up to foreign investment
On November 17, China took its first step towards opening up its stock market to foreign investment with the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect program.


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