Chinalinks 1: Searchable and Archived Classical Chinese Texts

  1. China the Beautiful. Art, history, lit (online texts--classics, poetry, prose, parables, novels--in Chinese with some English translations), calligraphy, etc.
  2. CND. China News Digest: netnews, online and archived Classical Chinese lit.
  3. Chinese Philosophy Page. Steven A. Brown's links to etexts and online resources.
  4. Chinese Philosphy Links. Annotated links compiled by Chris Fraser at U. of Hong Kong.
  5. Classical Chinese Literature. Rick Harbaugh's site containing Chinese classics with each character hyperlinked to its definition and etymology. (no decoder needed)
  6. CUHK's E-Texts for Chinese Literature. Chinese U. of H.K.'s FTP site. (Big5)
  7. CUHK's E-Texts for Chinese Philosophy. Chinese U. of H.K.'s FTP site. (Big5)
  8. Exploring Ancient World Cultures: China. Chinese e-texts and other resources; part of a website on e-texts of ancient world cultures.
  9. Gu Dian Wen Xian Chuan Wen Jian Shuo Zi Liao Ku. Full-text database of Tang poetry, Hongloumeng, etc., and an online search engine for words in the daabase, along with their contexts. (Big5)
  10. Hanquan Database of Ancient Texts. Chen Yu-fu's extensive, online, searchable database with Boolean search functions. (Thanks to Charles Hammond.) (Big5)
  11. Isoshu 爱搜书. Novels and other Chinese e-texts.
  12. Project Gutenberg: Browse by Language - Chinese. Part of Project Gutenberg's enormous collection of freely-downloadable eBooks and Audio Books.
  13. Relevant Electronic Resources for Chinese Classical Studies. Benjamin A. Elman's extensive links and info on databases and other online resources for classical and historical e-texts and e-text archives.
  14. Shangdu Book Centre. Extensive online database. (GB)
  15. Shuku.Net. Extensive online database at <>. (Big5/GB)
  16. Text Archives for Sinology. Archive of classical and philosophical e-texts encoded in one or more of the following encoding systems: GB, Big5, EUC-JIS, and/or Shift-JIS, along with some links to e-texts at other sites.
  17. Texts in Chinese: Vernacular and Classical. Depository and links to online texts at Dartmouth College for the classics, poetry, historical writings, philosophical writings, religious writings, as well as poetry and fiction in (pre-20th c.) vernacular Chinese, Chinese proverbs, and traditional primer texts for children and young adults (e.g., Sanzi Jing (The Three-Character Classic), Qianzi Wen (The Thousand Character Text), Baijia Xing (Hundred Surnames), and Nüer Jing (Girls Classic) -- in Chinese with Pinyin romanization). (Eng./Big5)
    Also see The Trimetric Classic English translation by Herbert A. Giles in 1910. (Big5/GB/Eng.)
  18. U. of Virginia Library's Chinese Text Initiative. Searchable texts of Chinese literature (Big5) and English translations: 300 Tang Poems, Hong Lou Meng (in progress), Shi Jing, Gu Yao Yan (available now), and Lienu Zhuan. (Thanks to Yeen-mei Wu)
  19. Wesleyan Chinese Philosophical Etext Archive. Stephen Angle's website for e-texts that were created by the Wesleyan Confucian Etext Project, as well as those from other sources. (Big5)
  20. Xi Yu Si Electronic Library (New Threads Electronic Library). The XYS Electronic Library, founded in July 1995, "is a public FTP archive site dedicated to store electronic versions (GB code) of Chinese literatures. It mainly stores XYS magazine and Chinese classics, and also stores other literatures." The site also considers itself "currently the most complete public archive site of Chinese classics." The Chinese classics division has seven subdivisions: philosophy, classical poetry, classical proses, classical novels, classical criticism, classical erotica, and Lu Xun's works. Their ebooks division has two subdivisions: modern literature (viz., works by modern writers and poets) and others (viz., works of philosophy, history, and religion).

For modern Chinese literature and film, visit my OSU colleague Kirk Denton's webpages -- Literature Resources and Chinese Film, Chinese Media, Print Culture -- pages on Chinese cinema and other media, print and non-print, that are part of his MCLC Resource Center.