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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

It’s Amateur Hour in the Booming Chinese Stock Market
As Chinese individual investors pour back into the world's hottest stock market, they're leaving their fingerprints all over the place. The most telltale sign: The Chinese equivalent of penny stocks, assets ...

Chinese Debt Is Fueling Swings in World’s Wildest Stocks
The one thing China (SHCOMP) ’s bulls and bears can agree on is that swings in the world’s most-volatile major stock market are only going to get bigger after equity traders took on record amounts of debt.

Crashing China Stocks as Easy as Flicking a Switch: Opening Line
The trouble with the Chinese stock market, as one of our colleagues observed amid yesterday’s bloodbath, is that it has only two buttons: “ON” and “OFF.”

China's Wanda Cinema Stock Surges in Market Debut
Shares went straight to the 44 percent limit for gains on first trading days imposed by the Shenzhen stock exchange.

Chinese stock market suffers biggest fall since 2008 – business live
All the latest financial and economic news, as the Shanghai stock market tumbles over 7% as regulators clamp down on speculation China’s stock market slumps after margin trading curbs But European shares rise Hollande: Eurozone QE coming on Thursday 5.48pm GMT Despite the slump on the Chinese stock market - driven by efforts to clamp down on the margin trading which has driven share sharply ...

China Shares Plunge on Regulatory Crackdown
The Wall Street Journal. A mountain of debt built up by Chinese investors eager to cash in on the soaring stock market crumbled on Monday, sending the stock market down 7.7%, its worst day in six years.

French regulators give green light to Fosun bid for Club Med
French regulators on Thursday cleared the way for Chinese conglomerate Fosun to buy the holiday resorts group Club Med and set February 9 as the closing date for the offer. The Financial Markets Authority (AMF) said that stock market operator Euronext Paris "will make known, in an announcement, the conditions for completing (the deal) and a detailed calendar." Fosun is offering 24.60 euros per ...

China Stocks Plunge on Margin-Trading Suspensions While Citic Sinks
Chinese equities plunged the most in six years, led by brokerages, after regulatory efforts to rein in record margin lending sparked concern that speculative traders will pull back from the world's best-performing stock market. Citic Securities Co. (600030) and Haitong Securities Co., the nation's two biggest listed securities firms, fell by the 10 percent daily limit after they were suspended ...

TSX little changed amid stronger than expected Chinese growth, oil retreats
The Toronto stock market closed little changed as better than expected Chinese economic data for the last quarter helped take some of the sting out of a global economic downgrade by the International Monetary Fund

China's stock market splits from its economy
China's economy grew at the slowest rate in two decades last year. But Chinese stocks ended the day higher, bouncing back from a Monday sell-off caused by government regulators cracking down on speculation.

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