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People's Daily Group
☆People's Daily
National voice of the Party. Also available in an English version.
Beijing Times  ¥0.5
Part of People's Daily group but edited and managed like commercial newspapers such as Beijing Youth Daily. It borrows its design from Southern Metropolis Daily, and aspires to be a working-class paper, a beggars' paper
Southern Media Group
Southern Metropolitan Daily
Southern Weekly  ¥2
known for investigative exposés and a revolving door that lands editors in jail
Formerly 'Southern Weekend', the paper redid its front page in early 2006, adding the current English name to the nameplate
Other media entities
☆China Youth Daily 
Published since 1951 and distributed nationwide, it has always had a large reader base because universities and high schools were forced to subscribe. Nonetheless, it is a good and well-respected Chinese newspaper. According to their website, China Youth Daily has sells about half a million copies every day. The China Youth Daily is a different entity from Beijing Youth Daily.
☆Guangming Daily
Guangming Online also has a comprehensive index of newspapers and media groups.
Beijing Youth Daily Group
    Listed its 'advertising division' on the Hong Kong stock exchange in 2004.
Beijing Youth Daily
(Legal) Mirror  ¥0.5
(they've taken 'Mirror' off the nameplate and masthead recently)
The First
New paper launched in late 2004 and aligned somehow with the Beijing Olympic movement. It's a joint venture between the Beijing Daily Group, Beijing Youth Daily, and the Shanghai Media Group. Boasting a large quantity of photos and sports news, its quality has improved markedly since its early issues.
Current Affairs Magic Mirror
Current affairs cartoon magazine for teenagers. See Danwei's impressions of an early issue.
Beijing Daily Group
☆Beijing Daily
Beijing Morning Post  ¥0.5
Beijing Evening News  ¥0.5
The current issue is accessible off of the Beijing Daily front page.
The First
New paper launched in late 2004 and aligned somehow with the Beijing Olympic movement. It's a joint venture between the Beijing Daily Group, Beijing Youth Daily, and the Shanghai Media Group. Boasting a large quantity of photos and sports news, its quality has improved markedly since its early issues.
Beijing Daily Messenger ¥0.5
Also known as Star Daily, its full name is  Beijing Entertainment Messenger, and it does have quite a large section of entertainment news.
Other media entities
The Beijing News  ¥1
Southern Media Group and Guangming Daily join venture. On a quest to become the New York Times of China, though it has recently run into editorial oversight problems.
Wenhui-Xinmin United Press Group
Xinmin Evening News
Oriental Morning Post
Other media entities
☆Jiefang Daily
Press organ of the Shanghai Party
Chongqing Evening News
Yangcheng Evening News (Guangzhou)
Business Papers
National Business Daily 
Joint venture between Jiefang Daily and Chengdu Daily newspaper groups; publishes eight pages apiece on domestic and international business news. Based in Shanghai.
China Business News 
First Chinese business daily, aims "to be the most influential, authoritative and respected financial daily newspaper in China, matching the future of Chinese economic development, and equivalent to world-class papers like the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times" (and it has engraved head-shots to demonstrate its 'equivalence'). But it has a reputation for being boring.
21st Century Business Herald
Southern Media Group publishes this paper twice weekly. Lengthy articles and in-depth industry analysis. Head-shots are ink drawings rather than Journal-style engravings.
The Economic Observer  ¥2
Business weekly. Self described as "China's leading weekly for economy, politics, and culture," the pink color makes its FT-knockoff status pretty obvious. Regular special features are particularly well-done, with The Economic Observer Review of Books completing the cultured air of this paper. The online version charges a fee except for a small number of free articles (although the PDFs make it to the P2P networks pretty quickly, which says something about its reputation). There's also an English version with occasional translations of selected articles.
China Business  ¥2
Business weekly. Published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, which gives it access to lots of data and research.

Portal websites
Xinhua's English service is at ChinaView
Baidu News
Baidu News Ticker
China News
Most commented news articles
Media MapExcellent index of local publications across the country
Eastday homepage

Xinhua Magazines
Official newsweekly. Articles hosted directly on Xinhuanet.com.
☆Oriental Outlook ¥6
Outlook spinoff also run by Xinhua; it's meant to be a quasi-independent, "alternative" news-weekly. Good domestic reporting.
Other media entities
China's most respected business magazine, known for occasional muckraking stories - Caijing English Newsletter
China Newsweek  ¥8
Founded in 2000 by China News Service, the country's second-largest news organization and the only wire service apart from Xinhua. Unrelated to the American family of Newsweek magazines.
Sanlian Life Week ¥8
Perhaps the premier news and culture weekly. Also available on Sina
New Century Weekly  ¥5
Redesigned at the beginning of 2006 to be more like Sanlian.
Window on the South
Southern Media Group's entry into the business newsweekly market.
Vista  ¥7
A good deal of each issue is made up of translations and rewrites of international and Hong Kong magazine articles. Published fortnightly.
Southern People Weekly 
New Weekly ¥15
A biweekly culture and current events magazine. Perfect bound, it has more of a "glossy" look than the other magazines in this category, and its price reflects this. Recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.
Phoenix Weekly  ¥10
Loosely associated with the Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV station. This magazine operates on the mainland under a special license, and includes a VCD of a Phoenix TV program in every issue. There's a sense that it has more editorial freedom than magazines in the interior, but since it is sold at mainland newsstands, it still is subject to review by the censors.
Xinmin Weekly

Modern Media Group
Modern Weekly  ¥5
This is the grand-daddy of lifestyle weeklies. Published out of Guangzhou, it set the trend of putting out one magazine in several separately-bound sections - for news, life, finance, and urban fashion - that is now followed by BQ and The Bund in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively.
Modern Media also publishes The Outlook Magazine , City Magazine  (HK), and City Magazine  (mainland).
Esquire (ESQUIRE)
The group also publishes Bazaar, National Geographic Traveler, Men's Health, Good Housekeeping, etc.
Southern Media Group
"mangazine· is the only fashion magazine in China whose target readers are no one but highclass men in the society. It aims to start a elite time and define the elite class in China."
City Pictorial
Southern Metropolis Weekly  ¥2
A new lifestyle and entertainment magazine launched March 2006 out of the ashes of an old sports magazine. The writing is snappy and online affairs (blogs and other Internet media) are covered heavily. Two issues a week - Entertainment on Wednesday, and Life on Friday.
Southern Media Group also publishes the news magazineSouthern People Weekly (above) and several newspapers.
Glamour Group
Men's Style
(Check out the CD they're giving away with this one!
These are gay or highly metrosexual magazines; the pages linked above are pretty much empty — use the publisher's front page for more information.
Popular series of girly-girl magazines. Launched as "WomanFriend" in 1988, it's grown to three main editions on the mainland:
college edition
home edition
Other editions:
Man : Appears to be defunct
The Group has also expanded internationally, with editions in Australia, North America, Southeast Asia, and Europe
Other media entities
Vogue China
Produced by Condé Nast in cooperation with the state-owned China Pictorial Publishing House
Occasionally daring gay magazine.
No website.
Fashion magazine empire, flagship publication Rayli is probably the Chinese glossy magazine with the highest circulation nationwide.
Voyage (New Traveler)
Celebrities and Entertainment
Touch (TOUCH)
No web presence
Tabloid / celebrity gossip weekly; no online presence at the moment.
Mainland Chinese version of the international trash magazine.
Big Star ·BIGSTAR)
Paparazzi photos and gossip every Friday. It's divided into two sections, "Hot!" (tagline: "Entertainment gossip stops here") and "Top!" (tagline: "Live like a star") whose pages are numbered separately.
Titan Sports
China's most successful sports bi-weekly newspaper. It started off as a photocopied football fanzine in the 1990s, distributed for free in Changsha, capital of the Central Southern province of Hunan. In a few years, riding the wave of the growing interest towards football and sports in general, Titan Sports became the number 1 publication for sports and one of the best-selling newspapers in the entire country. It's jointly published by the Hunan Art and Culture Publishing House  and Titan Publishing House
Sports Weekly
A glossy, highly successful magazine entirely dedicated to football, produced by the Titan Sports Group. It is one of China's best magazines in terms of quality of content, pictures and design. It boasts a collaboration with the prestigious France Football magazine.

☆ China Central Televison
Channel 1: General News. This channel produces the main evening news broadcast, and usually has the first run of serious, patriotic TV series.
Channel 2: Business.
Channel 3: Arts.
Channel 4: International (Chinese language)
Channel 5: Sports
Channel 6: Movies
Channel 7: Military and Agriculture (runs kids' programs during the afternoon)
Channel 8: Dramatic series
Channel 9: International (English propaganda)

Launched in 2000, CCTV-9 was the first channel in China to broadcast in the non-native language. All the programs whether news, culture, or special topics, are broadcast all day in English. This channel not only reports current events, but also introduces Chinese history, geography, culture, and nature. It does so promptly, accurately, and objectively. For details, please refer to their official website in English:
Channel 10: Education
Channel 11: Peking Opera
Channel 12: Society and Law
In addition to the numbered channels, there are also:
24-hour news
Children's channel
French and Spanish - dubbed rebroadcasts of CCTV 4 and 9

CCTV-E&F is another Chinese channel that broadcasts in foreign languages: French and Spanish, This station not only tells the significant news of China and the world, but also shows modern China to the world by showing programs that foreigners are interested in, especially foreigners from French and Spanish-speaking countries. For details, please refer to their official website:

In addition to CCTV-9 & CCTV-F&E, CCTV has a third station for expatriot audiences: CCTV 4. Whereas the programs for the previous stations are designed for a Western audience, CCTV 4 is broadcast entirely in Mandarin with the Asian audience in mind. It includes news shows, documentaries, talk shows, TV dramas, variety shows, and soap operas produced in China. For details, please refer to their official website (in Chinese):
Other stations
Phoenix TV and Phoenix News & Finance
Mandarin language broadcasts out of Hong Kong. Program guide is available.
Product of Rupert Murdoch's Asia arm, Star Group Ltd. Runs shameless knockoffs of western TV, crass humor shows from Taiwan, and old Hong Kong movies.
Reworked History channel programming, panel discussions from Chinese intellectuals, and infomercials. Not so widely available.
Channel V
Music videos.
Chinese Media Resources
A directory of print magazines with images of the current issue
a directory of print publications with a useful function that allows you to look up a Chinese publication license and find out what magazine is using it

Internet access is available in China. The internet cafes are inexpensive and widely available in all major cities in China. Many mass media have their official website in both Chinese and English so getting online is a fast way to get information and news without buying the newspaper or magazines. Below are some of the most popular media websites in English just for your reference:

Xinhua Online http://www.chinaview.cn/
The Straits Times
CRI Online
People's Daily Online
Sina (English Version)
South China Morning Post http://www.scmp.com/

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