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 7,000+ lessons for you to easily learn from!

Key platform features:
o NEW: Chinese Legends series
o NEW: Beginner Videos series
o NEW: Listening comprehension exercises
o NEW & IMPROVED: Reading comprehension exercises
o Simplified and traditional
o Learning Hub for vocab study
o Dark mode for night-time study
o Cross-device harmonisation (Website and App)
o Interactive live dictionary
o Graded spoken audio
o Stroke order and character writing
o Tailored keywords
o Grammatical explanations

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 7,000 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.

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.

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What’s New

Version 7.3.4

Lesson History Feature
Minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
231 Ratings

231 Ratings

jerylpaul ,

A great leveled reader for Chinese

This app has the most content of any chinese reader on the web. The content comes from real sources and is well translated. It has a built in dictionary and audio tracks for each text, which makes it a good resource for practicing listening skills. Texts even have audio and reading quizzes. This is one of the few Chinese learning apps out there worth paying for. I have been using them since they were free, and whenever I am studying intensively I am sure to reactivate my subscription. The drawbacks of the platform are the way the dictionary interfaces with texts, and the poor quality of quiz questions. The dictionary assumes what word you want to look up rather than letting you select which characters to include. Sometime it gets it wrong, even for vocab words for that article. Quiz questions often focus on details that don’t test level appropriate language skills (like remembering a number) or focus on remembering the exact order of characters rather than comprehending details.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your detailed and overall very positive feedback on the platform. We will share your feedback with the team for future updates and wish you all the best in your continued studies. Thanks - Team TCB.

Iphone491 ,

Fully translated articles would be nice

There are some minor issues but overall it’s good. I wish I could see the sentences within the articles fully translated because sometimes I still am not sure of the meaning even if I know all the words. Also, the wrong definition is frequently selected for words. App has a lot of potential but a learning app with incorrect dictionary can be harmful. On the other hand, the audio and quizzes are a nice feature. It would be a 5* app if it didn’t have the harmful dictionary selections although that may require hiring a proof reader.

Edit: after dev response and thinking I have changed my mind a bit and decided the app is pretty good at what it provides well, which is Chinese articles graded by level. I do hope they continue improving it

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the feedback. We have steered clear of translations to promote comprehension in the target language. We appreciate this can sometimes be a polarising topic, however. Thanks - Team TCB.

Oriondesaul ,

Premium service not working

This app is amazing! Yes, there are small bugs that need to be fixed and it needs to have auto repeat(which it doesn’t have currently). Also sometimes there is problems with the subscription system , which sometimes will not allow access to content right away(when you first start your subscription)

Even with some small annoying bugs , the app is hands down the best study tool on the market! And completely worth the subscription cost! If you are serious about learning Chinese , your money is best spent here!

New content is added constantly, sometimes I’ll finish a lesson and then find that new articles have just been posted!

The ability to filter by HSK level is genius. It helps you maintain that all important “flow” , so that the articles are not too hard or too easy- this “sweet spot” will help you improve very quickly.

This app best pairs with formal study of the language and is not really for absolute beginners. If you are looking for some phrases to say while traveling in China - this is not the app for you.

The articles are from real current Chinese news and blog posts and such -rewritten to match hsk level. Plus the app includes blog posts written in English that will help “fill in the gaps” on your knowledge of culture and society.

The learning tools are great and easy to use, each article includes a vocabulary quiz and several learning activities!

Customer service is very fast!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your feedback and sorry to learn of the trouble you are experiencing with the in-app purchases. Can you please send us an email to and we will have this rectified right away? Thanks - Team TCB.

App Privacy

The developer, The Chairmans Bao Ltd, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Identifiers

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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