The Chairman's Bao is the ultimate tool for those wishing to learn Mandarin Chinese through compelling and engaging news-based lessons. Our app and website sync seamlessly across all platforms and our bespoke articles are designed to suit all study styles. We publish around 1,600 articles every year, with 3-6 more published daily...5 times more than any other news-based graded reader.

A truly revolutionary way to learn Mandarin.


HSK-graded News Lessons

Thousands of HSK-graded news-based lessons written each year by experienced Mandarin teachers under a stringent six-point editorial process. At TCB, quality is key!

TCB Platform Syncronisation

The TCB platform fully synchronises across all devices; Website, iOS and Android. This includes user data, bookmarks and personalised Word Bank.


Bookmark articles to read or refer back to at a later date.

Simplified & Traditional

Easily switch between simplified and traditional characters.

Interactive Live Dictionary

Don't know a word? Easy. Use TCB's built-in interactive live dictionary which comes complete with audios and the ability to save words to your own personalised Word Bank.

Spoken Audio for Every Article

Every article comes complete with real native spoken audios, at a speed in-line with the targeted HSK level.

Stroke Order Animation

You can now view the stroke order of characters whilst reading through our live dictionary. This brilliant function-ality shows you the right order to write characters so now there's no excuse to skip stroke day! Click here to see how it works.

Character Writing

You can now test your character writing abilities with our in-built character writing test, which features over 100,000 characters and tests that you write characters in the correct order. Improve your character writing today! Click here to see how it works.

Comprehensive Grammatical Explanations

Unlike any other news-based graded reader, TCB offers a comprehensive list of carefully selected grammatical points for every article.
Every article comes equipped with a series of HSK level targeted grammatical explanations. Grammar is made fun and relevant with contextualised examples in the most comprehen-sive Chinese grammar list of any online Chinese learning resource.

Keywords & Idioms

TCB carefully selects keywords and idioms for each article, in accordance with the targeted HSK level. Users also have the ability to save keywords and idioms to their personalised Word Bank.

Downloadable Spoken Audio Files

Download your favourite TCB audios to listen to whenever and from whichever device you like. Audios from all of our news-based lessons are exportable in mp3 or m4a formats and can be downloaded at the click of a button.

Personalised Word Bank

Save unknown words to your personalised word bank. View words, add notes and view the original sentence from the news-based lesson the word originated from.

Word Pronunciation

Forgotten how to pronounce a saved word? No problem! All saved words can be played aloud so you'll never be stuck again.

Flashcard Tests

After creating or viewing pre-existing word groups, test yourself using our intelligent flashcard system. As words are tested, they are automatically grouped in accordance with how well you know them. This allows users to easily test themselves on characters they know the least.

Original Article Sentences

Struggling to remember or find a context for the word you're being tested on? View the original sentence from the news lessons the word originated from.

Why TCB?

Quality Control

Extra functionality is great, but our primary concern has been and will always be article quality. For that reason, we developed a stringent six-point editorial process to ensure the quality of everything we produce. You can read our news lessons with peace of mind that the language and content used has been double and triple checked by professionals to our precise standards. Our writers and editors work tirelessly behind the scenes and we will always continue to improve. In 2016 expect more articles, across a wider range of topics, with the same exacting quality that you have come to expect from TCB.

Volume and Variety

Finding a variety of up-to-date suitable material, graded to the levels of students and teachers in large volumes is one of the biggest hurdles faced for students and teachers alike. TCB publishes five times more content than any other news-based graded reader, ensuring teachers and students are never short of compelling and engaging content.

Everything a textbook has and more

By breaking Chinese learning into fun, manageable chunks, TCB takes the chore out of the daily character grind. We understand better than anybody that as materials for other languages have progressed, Mandarin has tended to get left behind, and for that reason we are leading the revolution! Throw away those textbooks and learn in a way that is exciting, engaging and fun. Whether you are studying for a HSK exam, or just want to push your Mandarin to the next level, TCB is the platform for you.


What people are saying about The Chairman's Bao

"Best Chinese language tool I have ever seen! TCB has everything a serious student of Chinese needs to maintain and improve their fluency. I started studying Chinese 32 years ago. I would find simple articles and have students read it into a tape recorder. This has everything for reading, including very interesting articles. You need basic Chinese skills to use it but you will improve very fast, because you will read listen and study everyday - because you will want to."
Lee Barckmann
Novelist, IT Consultant and ESL Teacher, Portland Oregon
"This app gives me the perfect way of practicing reading and adding to my vocabulary without having to switch to another app to look for words in the dictionary. So convenient and all at my fingertips. I love the variety of articles for each language level. This is great for both those who need in-context HSK practice and those who just need to maintain and improve their modern Chinese. My favorite feature is that articles are categorized by level. Some days I read level 5 articles to give myself a challenge, but some days I read level 4 articles for reading fluency and to enjoy reading a whole article with ease and making myself feel better about my Chinese even if I know there's still a great way to go. I like that there's idioms, grammar points and keywords in each article too! Best of all, it's all in one app!"
Catalin Bulai
Chinese Graduate, IT Analyst & Global Citizen
"One of the most serious problems for learners of Chinese is to find suitable reading material. This means both that the text should be at an appropriate level, and that it should be interesting to read. With level-adjusted articles about recent events, The Chairman's Bao kills two birds with one stone, offering comprehensible reading practice in an accessible and entertaining way. TCB is a valuable asset to both students and teachers of Mandarin!"
Olle Linge
Mandarin Learning Educator, Writer and Consultant at Hacking Chinese, Sweden
"The Chairman's Bao is a super a app for anyone wanting to improve their Chinese listening and reading skills. 12 years ago I intended to sit the HSK, but never got around to it (that's a long story!). Now, between full time work and family commitments, I have finally registered and the test is just days away! Fortunately, the TCB app is in my iPhone making for a quick and convenient way to get up to speed. Thanks TCB!"
Richard Murphy
Hotel General Manager, Bangkok, Thailand

TCB Institutional Subscriptions

TCB in the Classroom

Do you want to take the chore out of lesson planning and provide students with engaging quality lesson content on a daily basis? Look no further. TCB offers institutional subscription for all types of institutions; Primary schools, high schools, universities, companies, summer schools and so on.

"I wholeheartedly recommend The Chairman's Bao to all students of Chinese at intermediate level and above, for self-learning or to supplement a formal course. The bite-sized bespoke articles are equally ideal for graduates of Chinese or others with more advanced levels who want a pain-free method to keep their language skills ticking over on a daily basis. The links to HSK levels are a useful bonus. There is a remarkable range of online resources now available to help people learn Chinese, but very few are as user-friendly and well-designed as the TCB, and even fewer cover such interesting topics. I have found myself recommending the site on numerous occasions and will continue to do so."

Dr Frances Weightman
Director of East Asian Studies & Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at Leeds University, UK