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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."

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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

Chinese Stock Market to Open to Western Investors
Overseas investors will get an opportunity to buy Shanghai-listed shares via Hong Kong’s stock exchange beginning October, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Alibaba sets IPO share price, to raise $25 bn
New York (AFP) - Chinese online retail giant Alibaba is poised for a record-breaking stock market debut on Friday, with shares priced at $68 in a public offering that could be valued at $25 billion.

Quinn: As Alibaba celebrates its IPO, U.S. Internet firms suffer from being shut out of China
U.S. Internet firms miss out on the Chinese market, but they also face even stronger Chinese Internet firms in emerging markets like Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Stocks end on a stable note
NEW YORK - With Wall Street focused on the debut of Alibaba Group, the stock market drifted into the weekend and major indexes ended little changed.

Stock market newcomer Alibaba leads wave of emerging Chinese tech success stories
Alibaba Group's U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China's state-dominated economy.

Alibaba Would Be The 12th Biggest Company In The S&P 500
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba went public on the New York Stock Exchange today in what is officially the largest IPO in US stock market history. The stock opened at $92.70 per share, putting the company’s market cap at over $228 billion. So, just how big is that? “Based on yesterday’s closing prices for the companies in the S&P 500, Alibaba would be one of the largest 15 companies in the S&P ...

As Wall Street watches Alibaba, stocks drift
NEW YORK (AP) — With Wall Street focused on the debut of Alibaba Group, the stock market drifted into the weekend and major indexes ended little changed.

Alibaba post-IPO structure gives insiders control
BEIJING (AP) — Control over Alibaba Group will stay in the hands of founder Jack Ma and other company veterans after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public on the New York Stock Exchange in a record busting share sale.

Alibaba shares close up 38 per cent on opening day
The long-awaited public market debut of the Alibaba Group, the Chinese Internet titan, did not disappoint Friday, eclipsing every other company that has started to sell stock so far this year.

US stocks climb higher in early trading
NEW YORK (AP) — Major market indexes are heading higher Friday as the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba prepares its stock-market debut. The Standard & Poor's 500 index pushed above the record level reached the day before.


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