Online Tools

| Chinese Portals | Blog sites, BBS, Forums, E-Magazines | Individual Blogs | Newspaper |
| Magazines | E-zines | General Reference | History/Politics | Cultural Scene |
| Mod. Chinese Literature | Internet Literary Sites | Chinese Literary Journals |
| Literary Studies | Pop Culture | Gender Studies | Environment |


Chinese Portals or Search Engines


Blogs, BBS Sites, Public Forums, E-Magazines

  • 51.com [blogging and social networking site]
  • Blin.cn (Biling) [movies online]
  • BlogChina.com
  • Blogcn.com
  • Blogbus.com
  • Bokee.com (Boke) [Chinese language blog site]
  • Bolian she [billed as the first blog site in China to require real names; focus on intellectuals]
  • Bullog (Niubo) [relatively new blogging site]
  • The China Beat [examines media coverage of China, providing context and criticism from China scholars and writers.]
  • China Blog List [China Blog List (CBL) is a collection of links to English language weblogs focused on China. Many of them are written by foreigners in China (expats), although a few are written by Chinese people or by non-Chinese outside of China. The CBL plays an important role in providing the rest of the world with alternate views of China.]
  • China Digital Times [CDT is a collaborative news website covering China’s social and political transition and its emerging role in the world. CDT aims to use the new generation of participatory media technology to create a fully interactive network that will track and report news, facilitate conversations and debate, and share resources and knowledge in a virtual China community]
  • China File [English-language, online magazine published by the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society, NY]
  • China Herald [Weblog with daily updates on news on a harmonious socialist society from the perspective of internet entrepreneur, new media advisor, and China consultant Fons Tuinstra]
  • China Media Project [University of Hong Kong, Journalism and Media Studies Centre]
  • chinaSMACK [Hot internet stories, pictures, & videos in China. What’s popular, scandalous, or shocking that have the Chinese talking.]
  • China Web 2.0 Review [a blog dedicated to track web2.0 development, review and profile web2.0 applications, business and services in China.]
  • CNReviews [about China blogosphere, travel, and entrepreneurship; managed by David Feng, Elliott Ng, and Min Guo]
  • Danwei.org [Chinese media, advertising, and urban life]
  • Frog in a Well [collaborative weblogs dedicated to East Asian History]
  • GayBlog.cn [a mainland Chinese gay blogging site]
  • Global Voices (China) [Global Voices is a non-profit global citizens’ media project founded at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a research think-tank focused on the Internet’s impact on society. Global Voices seeks to aggregate, curate, and amplify the global conversation online–shining light on places and people other media often ignore. We work to develop tools, institutions and relationships that will help all voices, everywhere, to be heard.]
  • High Peaks Pure Earth [高峰净土]
  • Huayue luntan  [US-based Chinese language forum]
  • Ku6.com
  • Mei Zhong guanxi 美中关系 [Analysis and translations published by an American living in Shanghai. The goal of this site is twofold. First, through translations, allow non-Chinese speakers access to editorials in China’s domestic media in order to increase understanding of the Chinese viewpoint. Second, through analysis, express my own views on certain China-related issues. All posts by Anton Lee Wishik II]
  • Ministry of Tofu [China news and articles. Social justice, people’s life and mentality]
  • Mop.com [a kind of Chinese version of MySpace]
  • Neocha [Connecting China’s Creative Communities]
  • New Partner, LA Forum (Xinyou)
  • Qiangguo luntan (Strong nation forum) [online forum sponsored by the People’s Daily, and part of the Renminwang network]
  • QQ [instant messaging site founded by Tencent (Tengxun)]
  • Sina Blog (Sina.com blog site)
  • Tea Leaf Nation [Tea Leaf Nation is an e-magazine founded in 2011. We aspire to be a must-read source for China experts of all stripes-journalists, diplomats, academics, analysts-while remaining fun and accessible to casual China watchers. Our founding team, based in China and the United States, scours Chinese social media every day to spot trends, gauge sentiment, and carry major news stories one level deeper.]
  • Tianya [excellent site for discussion of intellectual issues]
  • Tudou [Chinese video sharing site]
  • Urbanatomy [Urbanatomy Media is the largest producer of English-language magazines in China. It runs the leading city entertainment magazines That’s Shanghai and That’s PRD (in Guangzhou and Shenzhen) as well as the Urbanatomy Guide series and Urbanatomy.com. Urbanatomy.com is the online portal for the entire company’s in-house products, incorporating the best of all its publications plus much more on a daily basis.]
  • Wuyou zhi xiang 乌有之乡 (Utopia)
  • Virtual China [Virtual China is an exploration of virtual experiences and environments in and about China. The topic is also the primary research area for the Institute for the Future’s Asia Focus Program in 2006. IFTF is an independent, nonprofit strategic research group with more than 35 years of forecasting experience based in Palo Alto, CA.)]
  • Xici hutong
  • Xiaonei [blogging site for young people]
  • Yinmoujia
  • Yoqoo.com [a Chinese Youtube-like website for the dissemination of video]
  • Yuluncn.com (Zhongguo yulun jiandu wang) [site of investigative blogger Li Xinde]
  • Zhongguo yulun jiandu wang (China public opinion oversight net) [pro-political reform site in the PRC]
  • Zhongguo tousu wang (China complaint) [pro-political reform site in PRC]
  • Zhongwen luntan zonghui [general listing of Chinese language chat rooms and forums]
  • Zhongguo xueshu luntan (China scholarly discussion forum) [FRChina.net is one of the largest academic web sites in China and sets up 30 plus main columns, updates topics every week and posts journals at the web site. At present it boasts thousands of prestigious professors, scholars, experts and registered members both at home and abroad.
    FRChina.net is committed to the attainment of creating a perfect platform for academic exchanges and resources sharing and communications among domestic and foreign experts, scholars and philosophers.]


Individual Blogs


Newspapers and News Services

  • Abbao.cn [excellent site that gives access to hundreds of Chinese newspapers]
  • Apple Daily (Hong Kong daily)
  • Asia Media (Asia Pacific media network supported by the UCLA Asia Institute)
  • Asia Sentinel (was created to provide a platform for news, analysis and opinion on national and regional issues in Asia. It is independent of all governments and major media enterprises. It is open to contributions not only from journalists but from professionals in fields such as finance, diplomacy, science and the arts. It has no ideology other than a belief in the benefits of a free media. It will not publish editorials but give free rein to diverse opinions.]
  • Asia Times (English version of Yazhou shibao 亞洲時報, Hong Kong)
  • BBC News: Asia Pacific
  • Beijing chenbao 北京晨報 (Morning Post)
  • Beijing qingnian bao 北京青年報 (Beijing Youth Daily)
  • Beijing Today (English language weekly run by Beijing qingnian bao, under the Beijing Municipal government)
  • Beijing wanbao (Beijing Evening News)
  • Blue Ocean Network [BON is currently broadcasting in New York City on Time Warner Cable Channel 92, Verizon Fios Channel 466 and Digital Terrestrial Channel 48. As the first independent, China-focused, English-language TV channel, BON features a fascinating range of programming on China. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, BON TV airs independent, original news stories, documentaries and entertainment programs filmed across China, produced and directed by professionals from around the world.]
  • Boxun News (Boxun xinwen wang) [“Our mission: Become the #1 most trusted Chinese online news service by insisting on “Independence” and “Journalistic Objectivity.” Boxun News (peacehall.com and boxun.com) was launched in March 2000 from its origin as a weekly online magazine. From the beginning Boxun has been using the model of “Citizen Journalism” and now Boxun is the most popular citizen journalist Chinese online news service.]
  • China Daily [English language daily for foreign community in PRC]
  • China Development Brief [China Development Brief is an independent publication established in 1996 to report on social development and civil society in China]
  • China News Agency (Zhongguo xinwen she)
  • China News Digest [CND.org]
  • The China Post (Taiwan)
  • Chinalogue [program on BON TV, Chinalogue presents a critical look into a variety of thought-provoking China topics. Our hosts meet fascinating guests from all walks of Chinese life, introducing business, politics, economics, the arts, and the movers and shakers of China’s opening up. They discover what drives them to succeed in a fast-developing society. Trained by traditional Chinese entertainment gurus, David Moser – one of our hosts, crosses the divide with a charming yet sharp approach to uncover the truth about today’s China.]
  • ChinaTimes Inter@active
  • China.org (PRC gov’t-sponsored site)
  • Chinese Newspapers and Journals
  • CNN.com Asia
  • Complete Reference to China / Chinese Related Newspapers and New Services on the Internet (Chinasite.com)
  • Complete Reference to China / Chinese Related Magazines on the Internet (Chinasite.com)
  • Economic Observer (Jingji guancha bao)
  • Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China [the professional association of Beijing-based journalists reporting on China for audiences around the world. Representing more than 40 nations, we are accredited journalists, diplomats, media specialists, authors, academics, public relations consultants and corporate personnel. The FCCC organizes a full programme of talks and social events, and is a vibrant hub of networking for China-watchers, media analysts and journalists.]
  • Global Times (English language PRC daily established in 2009)
  • Guangming ribao
  • The Guardian–China (UK newspaper)
  • The Independent (UK newspaper)
  • Inside China Today (European Internet Network, Inc; general current affairs)
  • Japan Focus (A resource on Japan and the Asia-Pacific for teachers, students, journalists and readers; contains articles on China that relate Japan)
  • Jiefang ribao (Liberation Daily)
  • Jingbao net (website of the Beijing ribao group, including Beijing ribao, Beijing wanbao, and other papers)
  • Mingbao yuekan [HK monthly magazine that focuses on cultural issues]
  • Nanfang ribao 南方日报 (Southern Daily)
  • Nanfang zhoumo (Nanfang Weekend) [weekend edition of the Guangzhou Nanfang Daily; this is the weekend edition with the highest circulation in China, in part because of its cutting-edge journalism and because it publishes politically controversial articles]
  • New York Times–China
  • News Guangdong (Guangdong-centered news service)
  • Newshoo (Chinese news service that digests stories from hundreds of mainland newspapers)
  • People’s Daily (English on-line edition)
  • Press Interpreter (English-language translations of articles from the Chinese press, in particular Beijing qingnian bao and Nanfang zhoumo)
  • Qingdao Globe
  • Renmin ribao (On-line Chinese edition of People’s Daily) [Suzhou Library Digital archive of Renmin ribao from 1949-1997]
  • Shanghai Daily (English language daily, searchable)
  • Shanghai Star (weekly; affiliated with the national China Daily)
  • South China Morning Post (username and password required for archives)
  • The Standard (business daily from Hong Kong; owned by Sing Tao Media Corp.)
  • The Straits Times (Singapore)
  • Street China (Kan Zhongguo) [an “independent” take on contemporary PRC society, politics, culture, etc.]
  • Taipei Times (Taiwan English language daily)
  • Taiwan Headlines (official ROC government website with news stories on Taiwan)
  • Taiwan News (Taiwan News began publication in 1949 as “China News.” It is the first English newspaper in Taiwan and carries the motto “Voice of the people, Bridge to the world”. As such, it places great value on the voice of the people of Taiwan and tailors that voice to be heard by the rest of the world. It also publishes information on modern global trends for Taiwanese to absorb, building a bridge of communication between cultures and nations. As a consequence of this, Taiwan News enjoys the esteem of its readership.
  • Virtual China (Virtual China is an exploration of virtual experiences and environments in and about China. The topic is also the primary research area for the Institute for the Future’s Asia Focus Program in 2006. IFTF is an independent, nonprofit strategic research group with more than 35 years of forecasting experience based in Palo Alto, CA.)
  • Wall Street Journal–ChinaRealTimeReport
  • Washington Post–Asia Pacific
  • Wenhui bao
  • Xin bao (Star daily)
  • Xinhua News Agency (Chinese)
  • Xinhua News Agency (English)
  • Xin jing bao (The Beijing News)
  • Xinmin wanbao (Xinmin Evening News) [Shanghai evening paper; one of the most popular in China]
  • Xin Yusi‘s Newspapers and Magazines (excellent list of links to Chinese language newspapers and journals)
  • Zhongguo qikan wang (The China journals net)


Magazines (websites of print magazines)

[see also “Journals” section of MCLC Resource Center]


E-zines (non print)

[see also “Journals” section of MCLC Resource Center for more scholarly journals]

  • Beijing Scene (English-language expat magazine that published from 1990-2000 in Beijing; with interesting pieces on the arts, business, and life in Beijing; see China Now below)
  • Beijing This Month Online (online version of monthly English mag. devoted to life in Bejing)
  • Chinabuzz (e-journal on life and travel in the PRC)
  • China Now (revived version of the former Beijing Scene; inaugural issue Sept. 2003)
  • Dangdai Zhongguo yanjiu (Electronic Journal “Contemporary Chinese Studies”)
  • E-Renlai []
  • Hanlin Books Newsletter (reviews and reports of recent publications in Chinese; Chinese browser needed)
  • Hongqi wenyi (Red flag literature and art) [“new leftist e-zine connected to Zhang Guangtian]
  • The Beijinger (English language monthly on the Beijing scene; formerly known as That’s Beijing)
  • Yi hang (One line) [poetry journal edited by Yan Li]
  • Zhongwen dianzi kanwu zhuanye (Chinese language e-journals)


General Reference/Resources


History/Politics


Cultural Scene

  • Beijing wenhua rexian 北京文化热线 (Beijing Cultural Hotline, sponsored by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture)
  • China Culture Information Net (Zhonghua wenhua xinxi wang; associated with the PRC Ministry of Culture)
  • City Weekend
  • Chinaculture.org (official site of the Ministry of Culture, PRC)
  • Chinese Folk Performance Traditions (Mark Bender, Ohio State University)
  • Chutzpah (Tiannan): Literary Bimonthly
  • Culture Taiwan [Web portal and content Web site that aims to promote the arts and culture of Taiwan. It is funded by Taiwan’s Council for Cultural Affairs, Executive Yuan with Taiwan’s community of cultural stakeholders. Culture.tw aims to be Taiwan culture’s main window on the Web — a reference point for all English speakers around the world who wish to discover the diversity of Taiwan’s culture and its lively environment, creativity and cultural life. Culture.tw aims to provide free, high quality, regularly updated authoritative content and information.]
  • Gou-rou.com (Dog meat) (Beijing news, with a sarcastic bent)
  • Ministry of Culture (official PRC government site)
  • PAR: Performing Arts Review (表演藝術) (magazine of the National Theatre and Concert Hall in Taipei)
  • Qianlong.com cultural news
  • Quanguo wenhua xinxi ziyuan gongxiang gongcheng 全国文化信息资源共享工程 (National cultural information resources) [official PRC general culture site]
  • That’s Beijing (English language monthly on the Beijing scene)
  • The World of Chinese [The World of Chinese is a bi-monthly English magazine and web portal dedicated to Chinese language and culture. Each issue, we take a modern theme and look behind the headlines to uncover how contemporary issues affect Chinese society and culture. Discover China’s cities and read about personal adventures in our travel features. Learn about new trends and ancient traditions in our culture and cover stories. Sharpen your Chinese with language features based on real-life cross-cultural scenarios. Feature articles are also accompanied by fun and useful Chinese words and phrases, while our regular columns contain interactive, practical content for Chinese learners. ]
  • Xianzai.com (has Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, and Dalian versions; with info on what’s happening in those places)
  • Zhonghua wenhua xinxi wang 中华文化信息网 (Chinese Cultural Information Net, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, PRC)


Modern Chinese Literature resources

  • China–Poetry International Web (edited by Simon Patton) [this is the China section of the Poetry International website]
  • ChinaWriter.com.cn (中国作家网, sponsored by the Chinese Writers Association)
  • Chinese Pen (“The Independent Chinese PEN Center [ICPC] is a non-political, non-profit organization of writers that fights for the protection of freedom of expression and publication, and works toward ensuring the free flow of information, a prerequisite for a truly open society. Founded in 2001 by a group of Chinese writers in exile and in China, ICPC is primarily concerned with the rights of Chinese language writers throughout the world. ICPC is an official affiliate of International PEN, the global association of writers dedicated to freedom of expression and the defense of writers suffering governmental repression. Through the world-wide PEN network and its own membership base in China and abroad, ICPC is able to mobilize international attention to the plight of writers and editors within China attempting to write and publish with a spirit of independence and integrity, regardless of their political views, ideological standpoint or religious beliefs.”—from website)
  • Chutzpah (Tiannan): Literary Bimonthly
  • Contemporary Literature Materials (produced by the Taiwan National Central Library)
  • Dangdai Zhongguo wenxue 当代中国文学 (Contemporary Chinese literature) [resource center for the study of contemporary literature, developed by Lin Jianfa, editor of Zhongguo dangdai zuojia pinglun 中国当代作家评论]
  • Database of Journal Articles on Modern Chinese Literature (Institute of Oriental Studies, Tokyo University)
  • Electronic Theater Intermix in Taiwan [ETI is a non-profitable on-line database programmed for modern theater in Taiwan. Until November 2004, the first project of ETI has collected more than one hundred media works, historical records and biographies authorized by artists and performing groups since August 2003. The Online Catalogue preserves and distributes a major collection of performances of artists/performing groups for the purpose of education, academic research and cultural conservation.]
  • Ethnic ChinaLit: Writing by/about non-Han Peoples of China [managed by Bruce Humes]
  • Forum on Chinese Poetic Culture (University of Illinois) [The Forum’s primary mission is to establish an open platform for promoting the learning and teaching of Chinese poetry and poetic culture. The Forum strives to provide a broad range of services for students, scholars, and all Chinese poetry lovers. ]
  • The Giants Within: A Portrait of Chinese Writers (website of a new multipart video documentary about writers of the Republican period)
  • Hong Kong Literature Database (香港文學資料庫) [based at Hong Kong Chinese University library]
  • Huayu wenxue (华语文学) [A digital platform in Chinese dedicated to contemporary Chinese literature. The site is a collaboration between the Shanghai Writers Association (上海市作家协会) and Shanghai wenyi chubanshe (上海文艺出版社) and other publishing houses.]
  • Ibsen in China
  • Index and Database on Chinese Writers (Renditions, HK) [The author index is linked to a database which contains information [on] about 600 Chinese writers whose works have appeared in Renditions publications. The translator index lists the works of individual translators. Listings are in alphabetical order. Site contents: (1) Authors (Biography; Works; Works available in English; Studies and Biographies); (2) Translators; (3) Search.]
  • Index to Complete Works of Guo Moruo (in Chinese)
  • Lao She Center
  • Modern Chinese Literature Research Portal [collective project of the libraries of Chinese University of Hong Kong, Peking University, Fudan University, and Huadong Normal University]
  • Museum of Modern Chinese Literature (中国现代文学馆; Beijing) [the museum was founded in 1985, upon the suggestion of Ba Jin; in 1999, it moved to its present site; the website contains detailed listings of the museums holdings, including letters, paintings, manuscripts, photographs, tapes, recordings, etc.; you can also tour the museum exhibits; there’s also a site on the Mao Dun Residence in Beijing, which is overseen by the museum; an information about special events is given]
  • National Museum of Taiwanese Literature (國立台灣文學館; Tainan) [established in 2003]
  • Paper Republic [brings together translators of Chinese literature and publishers (English-language and Europe), as well as people with a general interest in Chinese literature. Includes articles and comments on translation as a process, new translations, new Chinese works, developments in publishing, a database of translations and translators and authors, and other news and resources.)
  • Qingye yanjiu shi (Japanese site from Osaka Foreign Language University)
  • Research Unit on Taiwanese Culture and Literature (Ruhr University Bochum)
  • Forum of Semiotics (符号学论坛) [Chinese language site at Sichuan University devoted to the semiotic study of culture]
  • Shanghai zuojia wang 上海作家网 [Shanghai writers web]
  • Shigebao.com [website of the Poetry Gazette Monthly 诗歌报月刊; very informative site for contemporary PRC poetry; Chinese only]
  • Shi shenghuo yuekan 诗生活月刊 (Poetry life monthly)
  • Sinabooks (Sina.com book site)
  • Taipei Chinese Center, International Pen [new site that will eventually post archives of Chinese Pen]
  • Taiwan jiyi: wenxue jixing 台灣記憶;文學紀行 (Taiwan memory: literary travelogue) [sponsored by the National Library of Taiwan]
  • Taiwan Literature and Broadcast Studies
  • The Taiwan Literature Archive (台灣文學大典) [affiliated with Chung-hsing University’s Humanities and Social Sciences Research Center]
  • Taiwan Literature Blog (台灣文學部落格) [affiliated with National Chengchi University, Taiwan Literature Institute]
  • Taiwan Literature Studies Database (Forum for the Study of World Literatures in Chinese, UC Santa Barbara)
  • Taiwan Literature Studies Workshop (台灣文學研究工作室)
  • Taiwan Publishing Industry Research
  • Taiwanese Modern Literature Database (Tim Chen)
  • Taiwan wenxue jia fangtan lu 台灣文學家訪談錄 (Interviews with Taiwan writers) [a database of interviews by Zhuang Zirong of various Taiwan writers]
  • Wangwen daxue 网文大学 (Internet Literature University) [site for the promotion of online literature, with Mo Yan as the “president”]
  • Wenbei 文贝 (Cowrie) [created by Comparative Literature and Foreign Literatures Research Center in Shanghai Normal University and Academic Committee of China Comparative Literature Association (CCLAA). On this site, you will find information about our efforts to serve scholars both at home and abroad who have a strong interest in comparative literature. On this site, we attempt to construct a platform for scholars who would like to share their new research and have a communication with fellows in every part of the world.]
  • World Chinese-Language Science Fiction Research Workshop
  • Writing Chinese: Authors, Authority and Authorship (a new project based at the White Rose East Asia Centre in the University of Leeds, UK. Bringing together writers, translators, publishers, literary agents and academics working in the field of contemporary Chinese literature, we aim to foster closer links and dialogue, and to help promote contemporary Chinese writers in the UK.)
  • Zhongguo wenxue wang 中国文学网 (Chinese literature web) [Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Literature Research Institute]
  • Zhongguo xiju chang 中国戏剧场 (website devoted to Chinese theater)
  • Zhongguo zuojia wang 中国作家网 (Chinawriter.org; official site of the Chinese Writers Association)
  • Zhongguo zuojia xiehui 中国作家协会 (Chinese Writers Association; PRC)
  • Zuojia chubanshe 作家出版社 (Writers Publishing House)


Internet Literature Sites

  • Gravity Tales [Gravity Tales is a collection of translators, authors, and editors that bring you, the reader, the best English, Korean and Chinese novels. We started in January of 2015 and will be bringing you novels for years to come. We have members from around the world working together with the common interest of finding and sharing good stories. We hope you continue to support us as we continue to release chapters of great novels, both new and old.]
  • Rongshu xia 榕树下 (Under the Banyan Tree)
  • Bailu shuyuan 白鹿书院 (White deer academy)
  • Poem Life (诗生活)
  • Qidian.com 起点 (fantasy literature portal)
  • Taohong man tianxia 桃红漫天下 (e-journal devoted to gay issues)
  • Huawang wenmeng 华网文盟 (Internet literature site; DACHS archive)
  • Wangwen daxue 网文大学 (Internet Literature University) [site for the promotion of online literature, with Mo Yan as the “president”]
  • Wuxiaworld [Wuxiaworld.com, owned by Wuxiaworld Limited, was founded in December of 2014 by RWX, a passionate fan of Wuxia novels.  It quickly rose to prominence as the largest Chinese-to-English novel translation platform in the world.  Ranked by Alexa as one of the top 2000 websites in the United States, and with millions of pageviews per day, Wuxiaworld has become a brand name in Chinese-to-English novel translation excellence. Many of Wuxiaworld’s translators originally cut their teeth on Wuxia classics such as novels by Louis Cha and Gulong, and have since moved on more modern Xianxia, Qihuan, and Xuanhuan novels, such as Coiling Dragon (盘龙), I Shall Seal the Heavens (我欲封天), Martial God Asura (修罗武神), and more.  Wuxiaworld Limited enjoys a strong, collaborative relationship with original rights holders such as 17k.com, and will be expanding into the e-publishing business in 2016.  The translators of Wuxiaworld are driven by an abiding passion for Chinese fiction, and we continue to look for more opportunities to expand the reach of popular Chinese culture and fiction into the Western world.]


Chinese Literary Journals


General Literary Studies


Popular Culture


Gender Studies/Gay and Lesbian


Environment