Pages on our web site

We've grouped our pages into several sections: geography; history; modern history; language; culture and quizzes.

Chinese Geography

Our province pages give details of the main cities; airport; universities and tourist sites in each province. Each province shows the current weather conditions together with a summary of the history of the province. There are general pages on the peoples of China and the countries that surround her.

Chinese ProvincesA table of population; area; GDP; literacy for each province in China
China's FutureSpeculation about how China will develop as a new world super-power
Visitor attractionsSome of the many sights throughout China that deserve a visit; all places have a map and description.
AirportsA table of all the airports with information on code, location and distances
CitiesA table of all the cities with information on name, location, population and distances
UniversitiesThe top Universities with information on history, student numbers and ranking
NeighborsThe surrounding countries that define China's border
PopulationChina's burgeoning population and measures taken to limit it
PeoplesAll about the many ethnic minorities that make up the people of China
ClimateThe varied weather of China from Tropical to Arctic and Desert to Monsoon
GeographyA description of all the main geographical regions of China from jungles to deserts and mountains to swamps.
AnhuiDetails of Anhui province, China
BeijingDetails of Beijing, capital city of China
ChongqingDetails of Chongqing, western large city
FujianDetails of Fujian province, China
GansuDetails of Gansu province, China
GuangdongDetails of Guangdong province, China
GuangxiDetails of Guangxi autonomous region, China
GuizhouDetails of Guizhou province, China
HainanDetails of Hainan province, China
HebeiDetails of Hebei province, China
HeilongjiangDetails of Heilongjiang province, China
HenanDetails of Henan province, China
Hong KongDetails of city of Hong Kong in far south
HubeiDetails of Hubei province, China
HunanDetails of Hunan province, China
JiangsuDetails of Jiangsu province, China
JiangxiDetails of Jiangxi province, China
JilinDetails of Jilin province, China
LiaoningDetails of Liaoning province, China
MacauDetails of city of Macau in far south
Inner MongoliaDetails of Inner Mongolia autonomous region, China
NingxiaDetails of Ningxia autonomous region, China
QinghaiDetails of Qinghai province, China
ShaanxiDetails of Shaanxi province, China
ShandongDetails of Shandong province, China
ShanghaiDetails of city of Shanghai, China
ShanxiDetails of Shanxi province, China
SichuanDetails of Sichuan province, China
TianjinDetails of Tianjin province, China
TibetDetails of Tibet autonomous region, China
XinjiangDetails of Xinjiang autonomous region, China
YunnanDetails of Yunnan province, China
ZhejiangDetails of Zhejiang province, China
Yellow RiverThe historic wanderings of the Yellow river (Huang he)
Yangzi RiverThe long, twisting Yangzi (Yangtse) river
Great WallChina's most significant tourist attraction
Grand CanalHistory of this ancient, impressive travel artery, the longest in the world
Silk RoadAncient travel route into China
TaiwanChina's former province and island neighbor
JapanChina's important neighbor across the Yellow Sea
Google mapZoom in on a province of China with a Google map

Culture and Traditions

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

Culture IndexIntroducing the traditions, language and culture of China
FestivalsAll about the many festivals
On this dayChinese Calendar of events and anniversaries
Chinese CalendarThe background to the old Chinese calendar still used to set the dates of festivals
CustomsThe customs and traditions of the Chinese people with explanations of 'face' and 'guanxi'
ReligionAll about the religions of China
DeitiesChinese deities in folk religion
WomenHow attitudes to women have changed down the centuries
AstrologyA look at Chinese astrological years
StarsExploring Chinese astronomy
Space ExplorationAll about China's past and present missions into Space
Feng ShuiIntroducing the ancient tradition of feng shui
Yi JingThe very ancient classic ‘Book of Changes’ or ‘I Ching’
I Ching consultationConsult the ‘Book of Changes’ or ‘I Ching’ using the yarrow stick method online.
Qian hexagramA page for each of the 64 ‘Book of Changes’ or ‘I Ching’ hexagrams (guas).
DragonsAll about dragons and other mythical creatures
SymbolismAn index of over 150 symbols and art motifs used in Chinese art divided into six pages.
ArchitectureAll about traditional Chinese house and town architecture as well as gardens
TaijiquanKeep fit and agile with Tai Chi
ChinaWhy we call the country China
ChessThe Chinese take on the board game of chess
WeiqiThe original Chinese board game of strategy better known as ‘Go’
MahjongThe Chinese game of collecting sets of tiles - Mahjong
PandaAll about China's most famous animal the Giant Panda
BambooHow the humble bamboo plant is used in China
InventionsSome of the many important Chinese inventions
ExaminationsThe age old civil service examination system
Medicine (TCM)Traditional Chinese Medicine including acupuncture
RiceAll about China's most significant food source
FoodThe Chinese attitude to food and the huge range of cuisines available
TeaThe growing and export of China's key export : tea
SilkA look at the history of China's silk industry
OperaTraditional Chinese Opera with video links to performances
MusicTraditional musical instruments and music
JadeJade is the precious treasure of Chinese people
PorcelainHistory and manufacture of porcelain
KitesThe making and flying of kites in China
Weights and MeasuresAll about the traditional system of weights and measures. Handy convertors to and from Chinese units to Imperial and Metric units
MoneyDevelopment of coins and paper money in China

Language

A grasp of the language helps considerably with understanding China.

LanguageIntroducing the Chinese language
StrokesHow to write Chinese characters
CharactersThe characters of the Chinese language
Common CharactersA detailed look at the most widely used Chinese characters
DictionaryOnline Chinese - English and English-Chinese dictionary
CalligraphyThe ancient art of writing in Chinese
Oracle BonesThe ancient Shang dynasty Bronze age script
Traditional charactersThe recent simplification of Chinese characters
Wade GilesThe Wade Giles system for writing Chinese
NumbersThe traditional way to write numbers in Chinese
Date and TimeTelling the time in China
Basic language 1A first Chinese lesson Chinese
Basic language 2A second Chinese lesson Chinese
Basic language 3A third Chinese lesson
ProverbsHundreds of Chinese proverbs divided into 17 categories
100 namesThe introductory classic that lists all the ancient Chinese family names
Three CharactersTraditional language primer for young children in China
PoetryA look at poets and poetry
Good FortuneWishing good luck in Chinese
CantoneseThe Cantonese spoken language

Chinese History

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

HistoryChart covering Chinese history from 3,000BCE to present day
Peoples RepublicThe last 65 years of the Peoples Republic of China
LeadersProfiles of Chinese leaders
GovernmentHow China is governed under the PRC.
EconomyIntroduction to the Chinese Economy
Long MarchDefining moment in Communist China's history
RepublicRepublic of China under Sun Yatsen and Chiang Kaishek
QingThe last dynasty under the Manchus
TaipingAll about the Taiping Rebellion
RailwaysForeign built railways in China
Opium WarsThe historically important wars with Britain and France
Treaty PortsForeign control of Chinese cities 1840-1920
MingResurgence of China under the Ming
YuanChina under the rule of the Mongol invaders
SongCultural highpoint under the Song dynasty
Five dynastiesPeriod of disunity
TangProsperity under the mighty Tang dynasty
EunuchsThe most powerful of Imperial servants: the court eunuch
OfficialsThe Imperial Civil Service and army of government officials
SuiReunification under the Sui dynasty
DisunityPeriod of break-up
HanInfluential Han dynasty
QinFounding Qin dynasty
Warring StatesSecond part of Zhou dynasty
Spring and AutumnFirst part of Zhou dynasty
EarlyThe early dynasties of China
EmperorAll about the institution of Emperor of China

Quizzes

Try out our quizzes to test your knowledge of all things Chinese.

Quiz listAll the quizzes that are available on the web site
General Quiz 1General knowledge quiz 1 about China (Medium)
General Quiz 2General knowledge quiz 2 about China (Novice)
General Quiz 3General knowledge quiz 3 about China (Hard)
General Quiz 4General knowledge quiz 4 about China (Medium)
Geography Quiz 1Quiz about Chinese Geography (Medium)
History Quiz 1Quiz about Chinese History 1 (Medium)
History Quiz 2Quiz about Chinese History 2 (Hard)
History Quiz 3Quiz about Chinese History 3 (Medium)
Language Quiz 1Language quiz about China (Novice)
Picture Quiz 1Quiz about famous Chinese landmarks 1
Picture Quiz 2Quiz about famous Chinese landmarks 2

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