The Chairman’s Bao [TCB] is the most comprehensive source to learn Chinese online, with our news-based graded reader for students of Chinese language. TCB publishes 1,600 lessons each year from HSK levels 1-6+ (up to six daily) and the TCB Library now has 4,000+ lessons for you to easily learn from!

Dependable. Highly experienced native writing team, all with teaching backgrounds. Content is guaranteed by a stringent 7-point editorial process.

Volume and Variety. 1,600 lessons published every year across 15 categories, with a library of over 3,800 lessons. Tailored to all HSK levels.

Motivated study
Inspire self-motivated study. Engaging content that encourages little and often study, facilitated by cross-platform integration.
Key platform features:

Key platform features:
o New-look, speedier interface
o Simplified and traditional
o Comprehension exercises to develop understanding
o Learning Hub for vocab study
o Dark mode for night-time study
o Cross device harmonisation
o Interactive live dictionary
o Graded spoken audio
o Stroke order and character writing
o Tailored keywords
o Grammatical explanations

Lesson categories include: Only in China, Business, Popular Culture, Technology, Nature, Sport - and much more!

One sample lesson at each level is always available for free and TCB offers a Premium service for paid subscribers.

Give your Chinese learning the kick-start it deserves, join us today!

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What's New

Version 6.0.0

Speed improvements
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Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5

28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Best way


This is by far the best way I've found to study. The desktop version has a lot of new study functions, you could go from HSK 1 to passing HSK 6 with only this app. Customer service is great too the app/web app is always improving. Good, interesting articles nicely written on all topics, some nice English blogs from time to time too. The flask card function could be slightly better it isn't bad now and I imagine they will improve it. This you're missing out if you don't use this. Been studying mandarin steadily for 8 years myself. Well worth the low monthly fee of like $10 that is sometime on sale

Finally worthy of five stars

Too many Bens

I’ve been using this app since it first came out and was free and now pay for it monthly. I waited so long to write this review because it took awhile for this app to get to maturity, but it’s finally there.

As both a Chinese teacher and student of Chinese, I strongly recommend this app. The combination of audio, reading, and comprehension exercises with just the right amount of customization is perfect. Little details like auto-repeating audio go a long was for the language learner.

If you’ve had poor experience with this app due to bugs, all the ones I’ve encountered have now been worked out. If you were waiting, now is the time.

Lastly, a shoutout to customer support, whom I’ve dealt with at least a half dozen times over the years, every interaction has been polite and enjoyable (even if I wasn’t) all with quick responses regardless of whether I’m in China or the US. My problems were resolved in a matter of two to three emails every time.

Developer Response

Thank you for the wonderful feedback, Ben! Glad to know you have had such a positive experience of using the platform, as well as interactions with our staff. Thanks - Team TCB.

Used to be great...


...But with the new version, the app starts super slow, I don’t see articles easily anymore , I am not finding the important words and the text size is far too big. Where can I find the old version please?

Update after several updates of the app: the app is slightly faster, but still by far not good. Clicking on words for the in texts dictionary gives wrong translations in 50% of the times, and no result in 10% (that is, if you finally get the click right, as the click space is weirdly off). The texts are still not available offline (which they were before the major update). This makes studying, for example, in a plane impossible now.

The new feature of testing yourself after reading the texts is cute, but I also find it not very useful.

What a disappointment after many months when I recommended the app to anyone studying chinese! I wish I could find the old version of the app

Developer Response

Hi Bet-mate, sorry for the trouble you are experiencing with speed on the new app. We are pushing an update this week which should bring significant improvement. Thank you for the comment.


Hi Bet-mate,

Thank you for your additional comments. The app has never been available offline as we require internet connectivity to check user status. The dictionary retrieves all possible definitions for a word and then gives you the option to select between them. We are working on an "intelligent" dictionary which will retrieve the most appropriate definitions by default, however this is yet to be released. Comprehension exercise functionality has been transferred to the app after great user feedback on the web version, and has been well received both by individuals and our institutional partners. Please feel free to get in touch with us at with any further feedback and we will work to look into this for you.


Team TCB


The Chairman's Bao Ltd.
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Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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