China web site directory

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Our history section has a page for each major dynasty, for the whole period from the time of myths and legends 5,000 years ago all the way through the Han, Tang, Song, Ming dynasties to the last great dynasty the Qing .
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Many of the older web sites had pages of links to other sites, often these are not maintained so the links no longer work. Our directory is generated from our extensive database of facts about China and so can be maintained much more easily. If you spot a web site you think we should add to the list please let us know. We last checked all these web sites in March 2018. In the first section are reference web sites with background information about China, the second set are web logs (blogs) which are full of personal experiences and opinions about China.

We make extensive use of books for the information on this web site. For detailed reviews of these books, see our book review section.

China Knowledge
China Knowledge
Extensive web site with many learned articles based on primary sources. It currently has a number of broken links but do not let that put you off, the graphics are also rather limited but the text covers topics not covered properly elsewherechinese historychinese languageactively maintaineduses chinese characters
Global Security
Global Security
This web site concentrates on military intelligence but has surprisingly good sections on the government and history of China.chinese historyuses wade-giles romanizationtraditions
SACU
SACU
The Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding has hundreds of web pages covering a wide range of topics. It has an extensive range of old photographs. There is good coverage of the Mao era.traditionschinese historymodern look and feelactively maintained
Yellow Bridge
Yellow Bridge
A good online guide to the Chinese Mandarin language. Each character includes the origin of characters, how to write them and how to pronounce them.chinese languageactively maintaineduses chinese charactersmodern look and feel
Wikipedia
Wikipedia
Wikipedia has a huge amount of content, far more than we could ever cover here. However the quality is mixed, some pages are excellent and some not so good and more importantly they are not carefully cross-linked and categorized. Generally they have grown too big and comprehensive rather than closely focused. We use hundreds of links into Wikipedia to give the background to people, places and traditions.traditionschinese historyactively maintainedchinese languagemodern look and feeluses chinese characters
Wengu
Wengu
A quirky site that gives the full characters and translations of great Chinese classics; including the Sanzijing , Yijing, Sunzi and the Analectschinese languageuses chinese characterschinese history
Chinese Tools
Chinese Tools
A useful language tool to look and learn the characters, but the main dictionary is all in Chinese. There are various other interesting bits and pieces about the language including proverbs.chinese languageuses chinese characters
Learn Cantonese
Learn Cantonese
A language web site with a useful lookup, it gives both mandarin and cantonese characters. The site has some quizzeschinese languageuses chinese characters
Chinese Text Project
Chinese Text Project
A commendable project to publish the ancient Chinese classics together with modern translations. It focuses particularly on Confucian and Daoist thought. The web site has a good online character lookup dictionary. The web site design is however rather archaic with no graphics.chinese historychinese languageuses chinese charactersactively maintained
Chinese Tools.eu
Chinese Tools.eu
Contains a useful tool for converting characters to/from pinyin, wade-giles and yale. Has some nice tools for learning chinese, a calendar and some on zodiac years.chinese languagetraditionsuses chinese charactersmodern look and feel
China Maine
China Maine
This university web site has a number of web pages covering a wide range of topics of mixed age and quality. It has a dictionary and examples of art and calligraphy as well as some Chinese lessons.chinese languageartuses chinese characterschinese history
China Highlights
China Highlights
A site aimed at tourists with guides to city and some pages on culture; festival; foodtourismmodern look and feeltraditionsactively maintained
Travel China Guide
Travel China Guide
Sells trips to China that can be individually tailored including transport. There is a useful Community area where people exchange tips and informationtourismmodern look and feelactively maintained
Wiki Travel
Wiki Travel
Wikitravel is a community effort where visitors have left information about places they have visited. Coverage is very patchy, there is some useful general information hidden away. There are sections on regions and all large cities.tourismactively maintained
China Travel
China Travel
Offers detailed information on most sites of interest to tourists. Also offers specialist tours to China.tourismmodern look and feelactively maintained
XinHua
XinHua
English language news and background on all aspects of Chinese life and Chinese articles about World newschinese newsactively maintainedmodern look and feel
Jordan's China Tales
Jordan's China Tales
Some useful background on the Chinese classics, art and traditions. A personal web site of a Californian professorchinese historyartuses chinese characters
The Guardian
The Guardian
British newspaper articles with a specialist section of news from Chinachinese newsactively maintainedmodern look and feel
Cultural China
Cultural China
A large web resource with many pages about Chinese culture including archaeology; festivals; history and an introduction to the language.
Nations Online
Nations Online
Covers traditions; religion; legends and customs in some detail. Not much on provinces or history.traditionschinese historyuses chinese characters
China Culture
China Culture
This site covers cultural events and art exhibitions in China with many pages of background material.traditionschinese historyartmodern look and feelactively maintained
Sacred Texts
Sacred Texts
Contains a good range of the Chinese classics in English from out of copyright bookstraditionsuses chinese characters
Chinese Idioms
Chinese Idioms
A very large selection of Chinese proverbs with excellent background on customs. Each idiom features not just a translation but also a description of its origin and history as well as when the proverb should be used.traditionsuses chinese charactersmodern look and feel
Mandarin Tools
Mandarin Tools
A simple but fairly complete online dictionary for Chinese-English and English-Chinesechinese languageuses chinese characters
CNN on China
CNN on China
News and current affairs articles from one of the most respected independent news organizationschinese newsmodern look and feelactively maintained
BBC on China
BBC on China
The BBC has an extensive coverage of news from China, it also has a separate sub-site with the news in Chinese .modern look and feelchinese newsactively maintained
Teacup Media
Teacup Media
An extensive set of podcasts (from ten minutes to an hour) covering all sorts of China related topics. Laszlo Montgomery speaks excellent mandarin and presents each topic clearly and with enthusiasm. There are some proverbs (Chengyu) that are shorter. All topics are researched in depth.traditionschinese historymodern look and feelactively maintainedchinese language
CCTV9 Documentary
CCTV9 Documentary
An official Chinese television that produce a wide range of documentaries about Chinese history and traditions in English and Chinese.actively maintainedmodern look and feelchinese newstraditions
China Minutes
China Minutes
A new, modern web site full of news and cultural traditions. Also news of events. Based in UK and France.actively maintainedmodern look and feelchinese news
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Chinese bronze coins. Image by Plismo available under a Creative Commons License

As well as information sites giving reference information, it is interesting to read the blogs of people with personal experience of China. As these are personal views expounding a range of opinions, we must add that including the site does not imply we agree with the content. These web sites give a glimpse of China in the here and now.

Linda living in China
Linda living in China
A personal blog about living in China observing all the ups and downs of moving to China including learning the language and getting to grips with the culture at first hand.chinese newstraditionsactively maintainedchinese language
The Beijinger
The Beijinger
The Beijinger has a lot of individuals all posting observations about modern living in Beijing. Many reflect on life as it happens in China's busy capital with comparisons to ancient traditions and culture.chinese newsactively maintainedmodern look and feeltraditions
China Policy Institute
China Policy Institute
News stories about current affairs in China with an emphasis on government policies and initiatives.chinese newsactively maintainedmodern look and feel
Speaking of China
Speaking of China
Personal views of living and traveling in China, Jocelyn also shares her experience of love of a native Chinese and the problems of dating Chinese men.chinese newsactively maintainedmodern look and feeltraditions
The Shanghaiist
The Shanghaiist
Many stories of the unusual and unexpected in modern day China. Often these link back to history and tradition.chinese newsmodern look and feeltraditionsactively maintained
Wed 1st Aug

China in Africa

China's investment in China is so huge that it is considered by some as a form colonialism. China's Belt and Road Initiative is intended to open up trading routes not just through Central Asia to Europe but also the old sea routes to East Africa.

Bagamoyo in Tanzania is planned to be transformed from a sleepy fishing village to Africa's largest port. The $10 billion investment will handle burgeoning trade from East Africa to China via Sri Lanka and India.

To enable the port to reach into Africa new railways are being built. A 470km railway from Ethiopia to Djibouti is part of the master plan.

However this grandiose project has an unhelpful precedent. In the 1970s Mao Zedong invested in a railway in Tanzania. The 1,100-mile railway now lies in a decayed state with the grand Dar Es Salaam station falling into decay. The larger scale Chinese investment into not just Tanzania but also surrounding countries heralds an ambitious move to open up Africa to trade. Early signs are showing that the investment is welcomed and may well bring much needed prosperity to the whole region.


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History

history sites

Web sites about Chinese history: China Knowledge , Global Security , Wikipedia , Wengu , Chinese Text Project , China Maine , Chinese Chinese , Jordan's China Tales , Nations Online , China Culture , SACU , Teacup Media ,

Language

language sites

Sites that help you learn the Chinese language, including dictionaries and courses: China Knowledge , Yellow Bridge , Wikipedia , Wengu , Chinese Tools , Learn Cantonese , Chinese Text Project , Chinese Notes , Chinese Tools.eu , China Maine , Mandarin Tools , Linda living in China , Teacup Media ,

Art

art sites

A site that has pages on traditional Chinese art: Chinese Notes , China Maine , Chinese Chinese , Jordan's China Tales , China Culture ,

Traditions

traditions and customs

Sites with pages describing the traditions and customs of China: SACU , Wikipedia , Chinese Tools.eu , Chinese Chinese , China Highlights , Nations Online , China Culture , Sacred Texts , Chinese Idioms , Global Security , Linda living in China , The Beijinger , Speaking of China , The Shanghaiist , CCTV9 Documentary , Teacup Media ,

Wed 8th Aug

Double clean-up in Shanxi

Shanxi province is rich in coal deposits and for many years has the reputation as the most polluted areas on Earth. Although the government in Beijing has set targets to curb air pollution the problem persisted. The reason has become clear and it is a familiar story. Local officials in Linfen cheated the system so that pollution monitoring systems would give lower readings and so show they were meeting the improvement targets. Sixteen officials have now been tried and found guilty of fabricating data in May this year. There are now moves to get a real grip on this problem. It exemplifies a common weakness of governance in China, particularly on environmental issues, central government may set out bold and ambitious targets but it is down to local officials to make sure they are implemented. At the local level economic growth trumps any wider environmental considerations.

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Traveling

tourist sites

Sites with pages describing the places to visit in China: China Highlights , Travel China Guide , Wiki Travel , China Travel ,

News

news sites

We do not track current affairs on this web site, for information about what is going on in China take a look at these sites: XinHua , The Guardian , CNN on China , BBC on China , Linda living in China , The Beijinger , China Policy Institute , Analects , Speaking of China , The Shanghaiist , China Minutes , CCTV9 Documentary ,

Attributes

Characters

Chinese characters

Sites that uses Chinese characters : China Knowledge , Yellow Bridge , Wikipedia , Wengu , Chinese Tools , Learn Cantonese , Chinese Text Project , Chinese Notes , Chinese Tools.eu , China Maine , Chinese Chinese , Jordan's China Tales , Nations Online , Sacred Texts , Chinese Idioms , Mandarin Tools ,

Active

Active web sites

Sites that are still being regularly updated : China Knowledge , Yellow Bridge , Wikipedia , Chinese Text Project , Chinese Notes , XinHua , China Highlights , Travel China Guide , Wiki Travel , China Travel , The Guardian , SACU , China Culture , CNN on China , BBC on China , Linda living in China , The Beijinger , China Policy Institute , Analects , Speaking of China , The Shanghaiist , China Minutes , CCTV9 Documentary , Teacup Media ,

Modern

Modern web sites

Sites with an up-to-date look and feel : Yellow Bridge , Wikipedia , Chinese Tools.eu , China Highlights , Travel China Guide , China Travel , XinHua , The Guardian , Chinese Idioms , SACU , China Culture , CNN on China , BBC on China , The Beijinger , China Policy Institute , Analects , Speaking of China , The Shanghaiist , China Minutes , CCTV9 Documentary , Teacup Media ,

Wade-Giles

Wade Giles

Sites using the old-fashioned Wade-Giles romanization rather than the more modern Pinyin system : Global Security ,

GuanYin, buddhism, statue
A stone statue of Guan Yin. Image by nlamore from USA available under a Creative Commons license
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