Read the Classics of Ancient Chinese Literature Online and Learn Chinese Language & Culture

Read and study Classical Literature for free online to improve your Chinese and appreciate Chinese culture. Hundreds and hundreds of ancient classical literary works such as classic novels, philosophy, Laozi, The Analects of Confucius, I Ching etc.

Links to Searchable and Archived Classical Chinese Texts, by Marjorie Chan [ ]

A Classical Chinese Reader, “Language of the Dragon”, hosted by Prof. Tim Tianwei XIE @, in 20 lessons with Grammar, Translation, Exercises, Homework, Vocabulary [ ]

Wengu database of Chinese classical texts, comprehensive collection of Chinese classics and translations, with mouseover character annotations [ ]

Classics @
- Classical Chinese Literature, with each character hyperlinked to its definition and etymology. No Chinese software is necessary - characters are displayed as images. Links to English translations are included for most works. [ ]
Confucian Classics, with each character hyperlinked to its definition and etymology. No Chinese software is necessary - characters are displayed as images. Links to English translations are included. [ ]

Chinese Text Project, "designed to present ancient Chinese texts, particularly those relating to Chinese philosophy, in a well-structured and properly cross-referenced manner" [ ]

Hanji database @ Taiwan's Academica Sinica. All of the Chinese classics and dynastic histories in a searchable format (totally in Chinese, NO English) [ ]

Chinese Classics @ China News Digest, an extensive collection of classics that includes *Pre-Qin Philosophers *Poetry *Prose *Biography *Commentary *Novels *Other Classical Literature *A Chronology of Chinese History [ ] [ ]

Chinese Text Initiative @ University of Virginia Library, collection of Chinese classics [ ]

Ancient Books @, extensive online library of ancient classical texts & literature, all in Chinese [ ]
Chinese Literature Classics, a collection with some English translations [ ]
Classical Chinese Novels, a collection with some English translations [ ]
Stories From Chinese Classical Literature, Stories/Parables/Proverbs From Chinese Classical Literature, with Chinese text, English translation [ ]
- Chinese Translation of World Literature, Shakespeare, Goethe, Orwell, Shelley, Jane Austen & more [ ]

Classics @ Confucius Institute Online, 12 classical stories with audio (no English) [ ], with English translation [ ]

Classical Literature comics in English. English translations of 7 classical novels in picture book “comic” style. [ ]

Chinese Philosophical Etext Archive @ Wesleyan University by Prof. Stephen Angle, with Late Qing and Republic Texts, Song through Mid-Qing Texts, Pre-Qin Texts [ ]

Lexicon of Confucianism @, searchable Lexicon of Confucianism [ ]

Classical Chinese culture, classical literature and poetry @ Oxford University's CTCFL (archived version), a web directory of classical literature and poetry

- Classical sections in large Literature Resources
- Classical poetry

Wengu database of Chinese classical texts, with translations and mouseover character annotations
Wengu database of Chinese classical texts, with translations and mouseover character annotations

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