The Dream of the Red Chamber: translation in the west

It is a major challenge to translate Cao's prose, which utilizes many levels of colloquial and literary language and incorporates forms of classic poetry...

Award-Winning Sci-Fi Writer Hao Jingfang Sets Her Sights Closer to Home

Sunlight is so scarce that it is rationed based on income. And Beijing is divided into three different physical layers for the elite, middle...
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Chinese literature: classical texts

The history of Chinese literature extends thousands of years, from the earliest recorded dynastic court archives to the mature vernacular fiction novels that arose...

Three new Chinese novels reveal the time China lost its moral compass

Modern China was built on the nearly 30 ruthless years of Mao's rule. The country's elite – the "literati" of educated small landowners who...

Learn about the “biggest” book in China

The Siku Quanshu, variously translated as the Complete Library in Four Sections, Imperial Collection of Four, Emperor's Four Treasuries, Complete Library in Four Branches...

Quotes of Lin Yutang

Lin Yutang (林語堂) (10 October 1895 – 26 March 1976) was a Chinese writer and translator. Quotes When there are too many policemen, there can be...

How to Learn Mandarin Chinese

Mastering the Basics 1. Practice using the four Mandarin tones. Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language, which means that different tones can change the meaning...

Romantic Poet Qu Yuan and his Cultural Legacies

Qu Yuan (c. 340–278 BC) was a Chinese poet and minister who lived during the Warring States period of ancient China. During King Qingxiang's reign, Prime Minister...

Life Stories of Lu Dongbin

Lü Dongbin (呂洞賓, born 796) was a Tang Dynasty Chinese scholar and poet who has been elevated to the status of an immortal in the Chinese...

Teen idol joins millions taking China’s grueling gaokao exam

Millions of Chinese high schoolers will take the country's grueling two-day college entrance examination starting Wednesday, competing to get into the country's top universities. But...

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