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Introduction The World of Chinese is a bi-monthly English magazine and web...



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.

The aesthetic of the magazine strives for a balance between modern design and traditional Chinese elements, creating unique illustrations and page layouts worth pasting on your wall.

Our newly designed website is constantly updated with unique, fresh content and blogs covering everything from the practical to the outlandish. We also offer a sneak peek at our most recent issue, along with supplementary mp3’s and videos.

Published by The Commercial Press, China’s oldest publishing house, The World of Chinese takes pride in the international team behind its pages. We hope our diverse backgrounds and a common passion for Chinese language and culture shine through every issue. With circulation in Beijing and Shanghai and subscriptions around the world, we aim to bring modern China to life by sharing its stories and culture.

Editorial Statement

The World of Chinese is, as one of our own put it, “not a magazine about where to go on Friday night or find the best hamburger in Beijing.” We don’t review the see-and-be-seen spots on the local scene, nor do we enumerate China’s dynasties or present lists of vocab. Our real mission is to bring China—the China that we see, live and breathe every day—to readers who share our passion for learning. We convey the words of ordinary Chinese in the streets, the thoughts expressed on China’s immense blogosphere, and the phenomena that pop up everywhere in between to an English-speaking audience.

We are an international team lost in, and inspired by, the cultural conundrums that exist between China and the West. We aim to share stories that entertain, inform and connect the growing community of Chinese language learners and people interested in China.

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Where can I buy the magazine?

You can buy the magazine online from our online store  (English language and credit cards) or our Taobao shop (Chinese language and credit cards).

You can contact us directly via email at subscriptions@theworldofchinese.com or phone (+86 10-65523109 Beijing office) or fax (+86 10-65523101) to order a specific issue or to subscribe.

Click on our Distribution page to see which locations in Beijing and Shanghai you can buy print copies of the magazine.

China Dispatch is the bi-monthly digital version of our magazine giving you the lowdown all things China—views, news, culture, stories, and society—if it’s happening in China, we’ll let you know. A yearly subscription includes six issues of China Dispatch and an additional six supplement issues.


To subscribe to our digital version click this link to our iTunes store or scan our QR code above.

If you wish to purchase individual articles of our magazine, first go to www.ingentaconnect.com, register a user name, search for the name or title of the article or journal keyword, and then click to download. Select the method of payment and after the payment has been successfully processed, you will be able to download the article.

PayPal won’t let me buy your magazine — what gives?

From time to time there are technical issues with PayPal or the WP e-Commerce plugin that cause errors with your online purchase. If you have any technical problems, please contact our webmaster at mail@theworldofchinese.com. If you live in China, it might be more convenient to purchase the magazine from our store in Taobao if you can read Chinese, or get in touch with us directly at subscriptions@theworldofchinese.com.

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