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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

London FTSE dips at open
London (AFP) - London's main stock market dipped in opening trades on Tuesday as mining stocks and energy services dragged, analysts said.

China stocks rise after surprise rate cut, yuan drops
By Saikat Chatterjee and Pete Sweeney HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese stock rose, with a key index hitting a three-year high, while bond yields fell on Monday, as markets cheered a surprise rate ...

The 51% Chinese Stock Rout That Analysts Never Saw Coming
Analysts had high expectations for Sina Corp. last year, forecasting a 19 percent stock rally in the Chinese Web portal operator.

Asian Markets Exhibit Mixed Trend
Asian Markets Exhibit Mixed Trend

Chinese Stock Bounce May Be Short Lived as Central Bank History Defies Bulls
China's benchmark stock index rose to a three-year high after the central bank's surprise interest rate cut late last week. Recent history suggests the gains won't last long. While the Shanghai Composite ...

Hong Kong Stock Regulators Struggle to Spot Fraud
Hong Kong stock market struggles to spot fraud in matchmaking for US investors, Chinese firms

The 51% Chinese web stock crash that analysts never saw coming
Analysts blunder by being too overly optimistic about Sina last year

Hong Kong stock market struggles to spot fraud in matchmaking for US investors, Chinese firms
WASHINGTON — Few American investors have ever visited Hong Kong's stock exchange, a cavernous trading hall at the base of a skyscraper in the city's central district. Their money, however, is far more likely to be acquainted with the Hong Kong Market.

China A-Shares ETFs Soar on Cross-Border Trading Link
While the cross-border trading link spurred a rally in most of the Chinese stocks this week, the China A-Shares are the largest beneficiaries of the pact.

Shares rally as China rate cut aids miners
The share market has rallied with a Chinese rate cut boosting the miners and virtually every other sector.


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