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Books about China
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New books

For young readers

Mystery Novels, etc.

Chinese Calligraphy


Chinese Medicine / technology

Chinese Paintings

Chinese Poetry

  • Dream of Red Chamber Notes - by Zhang Xiugui, Tsao Hsueh-Chin Click for more details.
  • Dream of Red Mansion (Hardcover) Click for more details.

  • - - tr. by Tang Xianzu Click for more details.
  • Book of Songs (Book of Odes) - Collected poems by Confucius Click for more details.

  • Art & History Books

    Splendors of Imperial China : Treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei 
    by Kuo Li Ku Kung Po Wu Yuan, Maxwell K. Hearn, Maxwell Hearn 
    Published by Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Publication date: March 1, 1996
    Dimensions (in inches): 12.41 x 9.41 x .78
    ISBN: 0847819590

    About the Silkroad

    • Zhang Daqian's reproduction of frescoes.
      In 1942-44, Chinese painting master Zhang Daqian spent for more than two years in Mogao Cave, Dunhuang, Gansu province to paint copies of frescoes of the period from the Six Dynasties to Sui and Tang (c. the 3rd to 9th centuries).

    Emperors and Dynasties

    Royal Palaces and the Great Wall

    Palace Architecture by Ru Jinghua, Hua-Liang Peng, Ching-Hua Ju, Peng Hualiang, translated by Zang Erzhong, is about the architecture of the Ming and Ching dynasties.

    Imperial Gardens (Ancient Chinese Architecture) by Liyao Cheng. Royal gardens and landscape architecture of the Ming and Ching dynasties. Published March 1999.

    The Great Wall of China from History to Myth by Arthur Waldron. Paperback.

    The Great Wall by Elizabeth Mann, illustrated by Alan Witschonke. Includes photographs and a clearly related history of the Great Wall. For children ages 9-12.

    The Chin and Han Empires

    The Cambridge History of China, Volume 1: The Ch'in and Han Empires, 221 B.C.-A.D. 220, edited by Michael Loewe and Denis C. Twitchett.

    The Tang Dynasty

    The Cambridge History of China: Sui and T'Ang China, 589-906 (Vol 3 Part 1) edited by Denis C. Twitchett.

    Empress of China: Wu Ze Tian by Cheng-An Chiang, illustrated by Xu De Yuan. This children's book tells the true story of the 7th century woman who became China's only female emperor.

    Empress by Evelyn B. McCune is an adult novel recounting the rise of Wu Ze Tian (or Wu Jao) from concubine to ruler of China.

    The Ming Dynasty

    The Cambridge History of China: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part I edited by Frederick W. Mote and Denis Twitchett.

    The Ming Dynasty details the history of the dynasty's rise and fall.

    Zhu Yuanzhang and Early Ming Legislation: The Reordering of Chinese Society Following the Era of Mongol Rule edited by Edward L. Farmer. Zhu Yuanzhang was born a peasant and rose to be the first Ming emperor.

    1587, A Year of No Significance by Ray Huang is about Emperor Wan-li, who ruled China for 48 years.

    The Ching Dynasty

    The Manchus by Pamela Kyle Crossley is a history of the Ching dynasty.

    Orphan Warriors: Three Manchu Generations and the End of the Qing World by Pamela Kyle Crossley explores the lives of China's military bannermen.

    The Last Emperors by Evelyn Sakakida Rawski is a social history of Qing (Ching) imperial institutions.

    Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'Ang-Hsi by Jonathan D. Spence uses original documents to tell the life story of Manchu emperor K'ang-Hsi, who ruled China from 1661 to 1772.