Online Resources for Teaching Chinese Culture

TES Connect Teaching Resources

"TES Teaching Resources is where teachers share and download free lesson plans, classroom resources, revision guides and curriculum worksheets. Whether you are looking for SEN teaching strategies and approaches, VCOP activities, or secondary classroom activities, you can choose from 1000s of teacher resources, download them for free and adapt them to suit your classroom activities." (from the website). You need to register with TES which is absolutely free.

Hwb Find, Make, Use, Share (Welsh Government)

Hwb hosts a national collection of digital resources to support teaching and learning for learners aged 3 to 19 in Wales which will be known as the National Digital Repository. Only employees who work for a Welsh school can become authenticated users. Your platform administrator at your school is able to give you a login and password.

Asia for Educators (AFE) *****
Designed to serve teachers and students in world history, culture, geography, art, and literature at the undergraduate and pre-college levels. The site contains lesson plans, timelines, primary sources, and video resources.

China 360 Online Learning Materials & Resources, China Institute (New York)
Lesson plans and large collection of resources that help contextualize important topics in Chinese history, culture, and society.

Education About Asia
"EDUCATION ABOUT ASIA (EAA) is a unique and innovative journal—a practical teaching resource for secondary school, college, and university instructors, as well as an invaluable source of information for students, scholars, libraries, and anyone with an interest in Asia." Site contains approx. 1000 articles on various aspects of Asian history and culture.

Teaching East Asia in the Middle School (TEAMS)
Lesson plans developed by US middle school teachers in 1996-98. Each pdf-file contains lesson plans, outlines, and activities that present central issues related to East Asia in a systematic and easy-to-understand way.

Expanding East Asian Studies Programme (ExEAS)
The Expanding East Asian Studies Program website makes available online a large range of teaching materials and innovative courses that place the study of East Asia in 'broad thematic, transnational, and interdisciplinary contexts'. The home page leads to four broad sections: teaching materials and resources; syllabi; links; and information about the programme. Within each section, the materials can be accessed in various ways: region/country; category; alphabetically; and type of resource. There is also a keyword search. Categories include: philosophy, thought and religion; film; gender; visual arts; world history; world literature; Asian diasporas; contemporary Asian societies; and survey courses. Syllabi consist of short descriptions and bibliographies, while the teaching materials and resources provide information at a more detailed level, including: briefly annotated lists of instructor and student readings; useful documents as downloadable as PDF files; information on video resources; and discussion questions. The links section, which is briefly annotated, is equally useful. Overall, an excellent site full of resources and ideas for anyone teaching on East Asia at various levels in higher education; the bibliographies and links would also be useful to students.

Links for Chinese Religions and Philosophy (Prof. Joseph Adler, Kenyon College)

Numerous links to websites covering almost all aspects of Chinese cultural history, but especially religion and philosophy.

China Online Study Centre

Published by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, this site aims at an "in-depth exploration of the Chinese churches".

A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization ****

"The goal of this "visual sourcebook" is to add to the material teachers can use to help their students understand Chinese history, culture, and society.  It was not designed to stand alone; we assume that teachers who use it will also assign a textbook with basic information about Chinese history." (From the website) The site contains 'teachers' guides for various topics such as geography, painting, calligraphy and many more.

China Online Museum

The site provides a general introduction to China and Chinese culture, with a strong emphasis on Chinese art. The various galleries show objects from museums across the globe.

Historical Photographs of China

A collaboration between scholars at the University of Bristol, University of Lincoln, the Institut d'Asie Orientale and TGE-Adonis, this project aims to locate, archive, and disseminate photographs from the substantial holdings of images of modern China held mostly in private hands overseas. Project Director: Robert Bickers, University of Bristol.

The East Asian Collection, University of Wisconsin Digital Collections

The East Asian Collection includes historical images that present a visual archive of 20th century East Asian cultural heritage. Currently, the collection consists of images that document early 20th century China including the the Sino-Japanese Conflict (1937-1945), a visual history of Buddhist practices and temples in China, and other images of daily life in both rural and urban China.

China in the British Museum

Asian Art (The Metropolitan Museum, New York)

The website includes more than 35,000 objects, ranging in date from the fourth millennium B.C. to the early twentieth century—is one of the largest and is the most comprehensive in the West. Each Asian civilization is represented by outstanding works. The artworks are organised into 54 galleries. A search function is available.

The Art of Asia (Minneapolis Institute of Arts)

Introduces key objects from each Chinese dynasty.

Museum of East Asian Art (Bath, UK)

The museum houses a fine collection of ceramics, jades, bronzes and much more from China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. It is the only museum in the UK dedicated solely to arts and cultures of East and Southeast Asia.

Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA, USA)

PEM's collection of Chinese art offers for exploration the rich and broad realms of China's ancient and contemporary cultures. The collection encompasses visual art from the many cultures and tastes within China, including the everyday, the imperial, the literati, the revolutionary and current artistic trends, as well as works from minority nationalities.

Chinese dynasty maps (Minneapolis Institute of Arts)

Contains high-quality, downloadable maps of Chinese dynasties.

Table of provinces and regions

Silk Road Map Quizzes (Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington, USA)

This set of maps has been developed to assist learners in mastering basic geography of the Silk Road.

Chinese dynasties and capitals

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China

The Chinese calendar (David K. Jordan)

The 24 Qi (15-day periods)
The 10 Stems and 12 Branches
Chinese astronomy
(University of Maine)

Statistical information

China Statistical Data (National Bureau of Statistics, Beijing)
"China Statistical Data is a Monthly Statistics Data Base. The Data Base is aimed to provide timely different social circles the reliable and authoritative Chinese macro-economic monthly statistics. All data are collected from the National Bureau of Statistics." (from the website)

OECD Statistical Profiles: China (OECD)
The statistical profile include a wide range of indicators on economy, education, energy, environment, foreign aid, health, information and communication, labour, migration, R&D, trade and society.

The World Factbook: China (CIA)

China Institute (New York)

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Links to various websites and resources for the teaching of history. Strong focus on US-related topics and sources.

Key Stages 1-2

Key Stage 3

China Today (Royal Geographical Society)

Exploring the social, economic, environmental and political interdependence between China and the rest of the world. Topics:

China Digital Times (University of California Berkeley)

Journal of Current Chinese Affairs (Hamburg)
Free online journal on all aspects of contemporary China.

China Blogs

BBC China Blog. <>. 

China Law Blog: China Law for Business. <>. (Harris & Moure, pllc) (Home page includes a list of important China blogs)

China Policy Institute Blog. University of Nottingham, China Policy Institute. <>. ("The CPI blog provides commentary and analysis on current events in China and East Asia.")

China Realtime Report. <>. ("China Real Time Report is a vital resource for an expanding global community trying to keep up with a country changing minute by minute. The site offers quick insight and sharp analysis from the wide network of Dow Jones reporters across Greater China, including Dow Jones Newswires’ specialists and The Wall Street Journal’s award-winning team. It also draws on the insights of commentators close to the hot topic of the day in law, policy, economics and culture." From the website)

Sinosphere: Dispatches from China. <>. (This is the China Blog of the New York Times)

Social Media

Twitter. <>  Twitter has daily posts by a large number of newsletters such as "China Herald", "China Digital Times", "WSJ China News" (Wall Street Journal), "China Daily" etc. The advantage of Twitter is that most tweets contain a link to a more substantive article on the website of the sender.