As anyone reading this blog is probably aware, there are a ton of valuable China related sites out there. Here’s a list of the ones we read regularly, or at least, most of them. This page will be edited regularly to add new blogs as we find them.
General China Blogs
The Baidu Beat – An English-language roundup of what’s hot on the Chinese internet.
Danwei.org – In depth magazine style features on various aspects of Chinese culture.
Shanghaiist – Shanghai news and reviews as well as general China news, updated multiple times/day.
EastSouthWestNorth – Aggregator of worthwhile China news in both English and Chinese, also provides skilled commentary and research on China.
The Useless Tree – Ancient Chinese Thought in Modern American Life. Not always a “China” blog, per se, but always worth reading.
ChinaSMACK – Translates popular BBS forum posts and other hot topics on the Chinese internet along with the comments of Chinese netizens, extremely interesting.
Youku Buzz – A daily(ish) review of the hottest/most interesting videos on popular Chinese video-sharing site Youku.
Lost Laowai – China expat group blog, always interesting and often funny.
A Modern Lei Feng – Interesting commentary/analysis on a wide variety of China issues.
Black and White Cat – Sporadically updated, but when they post something, it’s worth reading.
Chinayouren – Another general China blog, always interesting and sometimes has some good original research.
The Peking Duck – Another “classic” China blog, frequently updated and always good.
James Fallows – (of The Atlantic magazine) thoughtful and interesting dispatches from and (usually) about China.
Imagethief – Another great blog covering a variety of topics
Jottings from the Granite Studio – Ruminations on current events, often with a historical comparison or context, another infrequently updated but great one.
Fool’s Mountain – Yet another “classic”, great general China blog.
Alice Poon – Her China Current Events posts for the Asia Sentinel are always worth reading.
CNReviews – “…a blog about China’s technology, travel, entrepreneurship, and the blogosphere”, worthwhile.
China Hearsay – Commentary on China Law, Economics, and Business
China Dialogue – Great feature pieces, everything on the site is bilingual too.
Letter From China – Evan Osnos’s New Yorker China blog.
Wall Street Journal China Blog – Exactly what the name says, often very good.
Zhongnanhai – Another great China blog.
Xinjiang: Far West China – Sometimes-personal blog on general China issues, especially issues in Xinjiang, but currently blocked in the PRC (unclear why).
China Media Project – Pretty much what it sounds like
Bendi Laowai – Sometimes personal, sometimes more general China news.
James Reynolds – The BBC’s Beijing correspondent shares his thoughts on China.
Absurdity, Allegory, and China – “The Kingdom from another angle.”
RConversation – Former CNN Beijing Bureau Chief Rebecca MacKinnon’s blog, very good but blocked in China.
Sinologistical Violoncellist – Chinese-North Korean relations, Chinese nationalism, and other assorted issues related to Chinese foreign policy and culture.
ChinaHush – Very much like ChinaSMACK, posts popular Chinese BBS forum posts and netizen comments.
China Law Blog – Pretty self-explanitory.
Sinocism and Digicha – Double new China blogs from an old China hand.
China Labor News Translations – Again, explains itself pretty well.
Chengdu Living – Based in Sichuan but with useful and interesting posts for anyone living in China.
The Browser – China – interviews and other tidbits from a lot of people who know a lot about China.
China Musings – general China stuff from the perspective of a Smith professor, with an occasional emphasis on environmental issues.
Seeing Red China – A variety of posts, all relating to aspects of life in modern China, including but not limited to politics.
Laowai Inside – A semi-personal blog about cultural and social issues in China.
Outlaws of the Marsh – “On education, politics, culture, etc.”
– Mostly Beijing lifestyle stuff but plenty of interesting cultural content.
China News Sources (English)
Xinhua (English) – Official state wire service.
People’s Daily – The mouthpiece of the CCP. Useful if you’re interested in what the CCP has to say.
Asia Sentinel – Online newspaper covering all kinds of topics relevant to Asia.
China Daily – The other English-language Mainland China newspaper.
China Alltop – Aggregator of the latest news stories and posts from all the best China blogs and news sites.
South China Morning Post – HK-based newspaper, requires a subscription though.
New York Times Stories Tagged “China” – For those interested in how China plays in the West.
China Digital Times – Aggregator of China news, also does some original reporting. Great, but currently blocked in China.
China News Sources (Chinese)
新华网 － Official State wire service.
中工网 – Worker’s newspaper
Southern Metropolis Daily － One of China’s more critical papers, part of the Southern Media Group
China Weekly – Weekly magazine with longer feature pieces.
求是理论网 － Pro-CCP magazine.
Southern Weekend – Another relatively critical Southern Media Group asset.
(currently looking for suggestions!)
Personal China Blogs
Sinosplice – John Pasden’s (ChinesePod) personal blog, one of the oldest personal China blogs
This Ridiculous World – Brilliantly satirical expat blog, a must-read for anyone who lives or has ever lived in China.
MyLaowai – Controversial, offensive, but often very funny. This line sold me: “For a country that has a pathological loathing of queues, it is amazing how popular QQ is.”
Think6 – Interesting and often political blog of a BeiDa Chinese student
fifty 5 – Adam Schockora’s blog on Chinese media, especially creative artsy type stuff.
Inside-out China – Personal blog of Xujun Eberlein, lots of great posts about Chinese history, often from a personal perspective.
Chinese Language Blogs
天涯周报更多 – An aggregator for some interesting stuff on Tianya.
Tiger Temple – Interesting stories about common people, etc.
不许联想 – The best blog motto ever: “Value your life. Stay far away from blogs.”
Hecaitou – Very popular blogger who covers all types of stuff (blocked in China).
Li Yinhe – Li is a sexologist and the widow of Wang Xiaobo.
Honghuang – Another very popular blog.
Yin Lichuan – Modern poet, writer, and filmmaker.
看不见的西藏 – Woeser, the most famous Chinese-language Tibetan blogger; unfortunately this blog is currently blocked in China.
胡泳的BLOG – Hu Yong’s blog, worth reading.
Isaac Mao – Technology and lots of other stuff.
毛新宇 – Grandson of Mao Zedong blogs about pretty much exactly what you might expect Mao Zedong’s grandson to blog about.
刘晓原 － Personal blog of lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan.
阮一峰 － Ruan Yifeng’s blog, lots of economic/business stuff.
Anti-CNN – Essays and BBS forums mainly focused on criticizing Western media coverage of China.
韩寒 – One of China’s most popular bloggers.
章文的博客 – Blog of reporter Zhang Wen, he often posts about major issues pertaining to China.
王克勤 – Another reporter with some very interesting posts on Chinese social issues.
赵世龙 – Chinese issues, often with helpful and/or amusing images
王大豪：新疆民族观察 – A blog about ethnic minorities in Xinjiang
Fang Kecheng’s blog – Commentary on the media.
Shi Hanbing’s blog – Economics, etc.
贺卫方’s blog – He Weifang, a law professor at Peking U. He also has a blog here.