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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

DealBook: Chinese Company’s Shares Suspended on Critical Report
Anonymous Analytics, a faction of the hacking group Anonymous, claimed that Tianhe Chemicals overstated its revenue and profit. Tianhe said it would make an announcement “in due course.”

Unexpected summer blockbuster: Chinese stock funds
Surprise: One of the summer's hottest investments was also one of the most anxiety-inducing a few months earlier. Dollars are pouring into China again despite worries about the country's slowing economic ...

Chinese stock funds are unexpected summer blockbuster
Surprise: One of the summer's hottest investments was also one of the most anxiety-inducing a few months earlier.

China's Alibaba plans IPO for week of September 8: WSJ
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba plans to hold its initial public offering on the US stock market the week of September 8, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Jack Ma Sells Alibaba IPO into Record Stock Rally After Waiting Out Market
Jack Ma knows how to time an initial public offering. The 49-year-old former school teacher preparing to list Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. during a record rally for U.S.

Alibaba aims to launch share sale in early September: source
Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is planning to launch its New York stock market debut in the week of Sept. 8, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters on Saturday. The much-anticipated sale or initial public offering (IPO) could raise more than $20 billion, making it the biggest technology listing in the United States. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to kick-off ...

Good but not good enough
The Chinese “Ghost month” was said to have ended last Wednesday, Aug. 27. Yet, the “Ghost of August” seemed to have not left and continued to hound the market when the trading month of August ended last Friday.

Shenzhen exchange explores stock pipeline with Hong Kong - China media
The Shenzhen stock exchange has submitted a plan to launch a programme letting it connect to Hong Kong's stock market like one planned for Shanghai, media reports said on Wednesday. Authorities in the southern Chinese city will promote the launch of a "through train" stock trading system similar to what is being launched between Hong Kong and Shanghai, the official China daily reported, quoting ...

Chinese stock mutual funds have jumped this summer despite earlier worries
NEW YORK — Surprise: One of the summer's hottest investments was also one of the most anxiety-inducing a few months earlier. Dollars are pouring into China again despite worries about the country's slowing economic growth.

Digest: Alibaba hopes to raise £12bn in New York float
The Chinese online retail behemoth Alibaba is poised to launch its stock market float within a fortnight. The listing could raise more than $20bn (£12bn), making it one of the biggest floats in years.


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