China Sage as a Book

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We are delighted to be able to offer the contents of the China Sage web site in eBook format. A comprehensive reference guide to all things Chinese in one convenient and permanent book so you can refer to it wherever you want without the need for an Internet connection. The book will be permanently free of advertisements.

The China Sage book is a reference guide to all things Chinese. It has been specifically written as an eBook with hundreds of cross-references so you can quickly skip to related information, it covers all the topics which make China such an important and interesting country to study. Traditions, geography, history and language are all included to give visitors; businessmen and students a valuable introduction to this fascinating nation. China Sage makes liberal use of Chinese characters to enhance the topics (note: not all eReaders will display these correctly). All the text in the book has been written since 2012 ensuring the content is up-to-date.

We sell two separate editions of the book to cater for the wide range of eBook readers now available. The book maintains most but not all of the links and illustrations on this web site. Note: We do not currently provide the content in printed format. We aim to keep the book updated at regular intervals with new topics and revisions, ensuring the book's content is up to date. Updates should be free of charge. Current edition 1.20 November 2015.

Update 1.10: Jan 2015. Added extra articles on architecture, customs, opera, imperial names, weiqi, three character classic etc. and numerous corrections. Many new illustrations added.

Update 1.20: Nov 2015. Added extra articles on Yi Jing, railways, treaty ports, mahjong, Long March, Zeng Guofan etc.. New illustrations and updates.

Illustrated edition. If your eReader (Kindle Fire, Kindle Paperwhite) supports color images and maps you should buy this edition.

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Text only edition. But if your eReader does not support graphics this edition is for you, it provides just the text. It is offered at a lower cost to reflect the smaller download size.

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Book Contents

Peking Opera

Culture and Traditions

Our cultural section covers all sorts of topics, anything that gives a flavor of China's distinctive traditions.

Culture Index : Introducing the traditions, language and culture of China
Religion : All about the religions of China
Festivals : China has a great many festivals spread throughout the year
Customs : Everyday traditions and customs of the Chinese People
Medicine (TCM) : Traditional Chinese Medicine including acupuncture
Astrology : A look at Chinese astrological years
Chinese Calendar : The background to the old Chinese calendar still used to set the dates of festivals
Stars : A look at Chinese astronomy
Music : Traditional music and musical instruments
Opera : Traditional Chinese opera
Dragons : All about dragons and other mythical creatures
Feng Shui : Introducing the ancient tradition of feng shui

Jade pendant

Famous produce

Index : Introducing Chinese exports
Porcelain : History and manufacture of porcelain in China
Jade : The prized gemstone of China
Tea : The growing and export of tea in China
Silk : A look at the history of China's silk industry
Rice : All about China's most significant food source

Old Pavilion

Historical Traditions

Index : Introducing the key traditions
Architecture : China's distinctive traditional houses and cities
Examinations : The age old civil service examination system
Inventions : All the important Chinese inventions
Women : How attitudes to women have changed down the centuries
Money : Development of coins and paper money in China
Weights and Measures : All about the traditional system of weights and measures.

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Panda : All about China's most famous animal the Giant Panda
Bamboo : How the humble bamboo plant is used in China

Hobbies and Pastimes

Index : Distinctive ways the Chinese spend their free time
Food : Chinese attitudes to food and the wide range of cuisines
Taijiquan : Keep fit and agile with Taijiquan
Chess : The Chinese take on the board game of chess
Weiqi : The original Chinese version of the 'Go' strategy game
Kites : The making and flying of kites in China
General Quiz : Four quizzes about all things Chinese

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Chinese Geography

A comprehensive guide to the make up of China.

Introduction : Introducing our Chinese geography section
China : An overview of the country
Geography : A description of all the main geographical regions of China from jungles to deserts and mountains to swamps.
Climate : The varied weather from Tropical to Arctic and Desert to Monsoon
Peoples : All about the many ethnic minorities that make up the people of China
Cities : A table of all Chinese Cities with information on name, location, population
Airports : A table of all the airports with information on code and location
Universities : The top Chinese Universities with information on history, student numbers and international ranking

There follows an in-depth profile of each province in alphabetical order. We give details of the history; main cities; airports and tourist attractions for each province.

Anhui Beijing Chongqing Fujian Gansu Guangdong Guangxi Guizhou Hainan Hebei Heilongjiang Henan Hong Kong Hubei Hunan Jiangsu Jiangxi Jilin Liaoning Macau Inner Mongolia Ningxia Qinghai Shaanxi Shandong Shanghai Shanxi Sichuan Tianjin Tibet Xinjiang Yunnan Zhejiang

Yellow River : The historic wanderings of the Yellow river (Huang he)
Yangzi River : The long, twisting Yangzi (Yangtse) river
Neighbors : The surrounding countries that define China's border
Taiwan : China's former province and island neighbor
Japan : China's important neighbor across the Yellow Sea
Geography Quiz : A quiz about Chinese Geography

Chinese language


An understanding of the language helps considerably with the understanding of China.

Introduction : Introducing the Chinese language
Basic language 1 : First lesson
Basic language 2 : Second lesson
Basic language 3 : Third lesson
Numbers : The traditional way to write numbers in Chinese
Date and Time : Telling the time in China
Wade Giles : The Wade Giles system for writing Chinese
Cantonese : The Cantonese spoken language
Strokes : How to write Chinese characters
Characters : The characters of the Chinese language
Traditional : The major revision of the Chinese revision of the language to produce the modern Simplified forms
Calligraphy : The ancient art of writing in Chinese
Poetry : A look at poets and poetry
3 characters : The beginner’s introduction to Chinese culture for a thousand years
Proverbs : A sample of ancient Chinese proverbs
Good Fortune : Wishing everyone good luck
China : Why we call the country China
Language Quiz : A quiz about the Chinese Language

Chinese history

Chinese History

We have pages covering 5,000 years of Chinese history from its very earliest beginnings. Sections list important events in each dynasty.

History : Introducing Chinese history from 3,000BCE to the present day
Early : The early dynasties of China
Spring and Autumn : First part of Zhou dynasty
Warring States : Second part of Zhou dynasty
Qin : Founding Qin dynasty
Great Wall : China's most significant tourist attraction
Han : Important Han dynasty
Eunuchs : The most powerful of Imperial servants: the court eunuch
Disunity : Period of break-up
Sui : Reunification under the Sui dynasty
Grand Canal : History of this major travel artery
Tang : Prosperity under the Tang dynasty
Silk Road : Ancient trade route into China
Five dynasties : Period of disunity
Song : Cultural highpoint under the Song dynasty
Yuan : China under the rule of the Mongols
Ming : Resurgence under the Ming
Qing : The last dynasty under the Manchus
Opium Wars : The historically important wars with Britain and France
Taiping : All about the Taiping Rebellion

Chinese rocket launch

Modern History

The dramatic history of China since 1949 and the foundation of the People's Republic.

Index : Introducing China's rapid modern development
Republic : Republic of China under Sun Yatsen and Chiang Kaishek
People's Republic : The last 65 years of the People's Republic of China
Government : How China is governed under the P.R.C.
Leaders : Profiles of key Chinese leaders
Economy : Introduction to the Chinese Economy
Space Exploration : China's plans to visit the Moon and Mars
History Quiz : Three quizzes about Chinese History


Information about this book and contents

References : Source reference information
On the web : Where to find further information
Quiz Answers : Answers to all our quiz questions
Terms and Phrases : Glossary of all topics and terms described in the book

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