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The Sixth Tone app brings you people-focused news, features, commentaries, and visual storytelling about contemporary China.

Main features of the app:

Rising Tones are timely reports on issues and events from across China. Drawing from a vast range of sources, these articles provide insights into the significance of each issue in a wider context.

Deep Tones are features that cut to the core of contemporary China. In-depth, informed, and carefully crafted, every piece is carried by the voices of the story’s participants.

Broad Tones are contributions from individuals with unique perspectives to share. This section is dedicated to a wide range of people, from experts and commentators to those whose voices are rarely heard.

Vivid Tones are visual stories showing up-close and personal slices of China. Each piece is fine-tuned to present diverse narratives through short videos, documentaries, photography, and data visualization.

Sixth Tone × features translations and cross-publications from respected Chinese and international media outlets, as selected and edited by Sixth Tone.

Other features:
-Stay informed about the most consequential story of our time: a changing China
-Share articles to your social networks including Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, and more
-Receive push notifications for our latest recommended reads
-Search Sixth Tone’s complete archive for the topics that interest you most

About Sixth Tone:
Sixth Tone (www.sixthtone.com) is an English-language digital publication based in Shanghai. Like an additional tone to the five of Mandarin Chinese, Sixth Tone offers a fresh voice for coverage of China while emphasizing the human element of every story.

What’s New

Version 1.3.0

In this version you will get a new section called “SIXTH TONE ×” featuring stories from some of China’s best media outlets, selected and translated by Sixth Tone.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings


Very informative, good stories

We have news sources from the west. But no good choices from the inside. Now, this is the one.

Thomaszhang1128 ,


Very good app, yet dark mode is strongly suggested.

GoodAssM ,

Could you add font size to the settings?

Current content is so small, I get tired reading them

App Privacy

The developer, 上海东方报业有限公司, 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:

  • User Content
  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

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

  • Usage Data
  • 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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