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Chinese Text Project


The goal of this site is to present accurate and accessible copies of ancient (in particular pre-Qin and Han dynasty) Chinese texts in an organized and searchable format, and to make the best possible use of modern technology to aid in the study and research of these texts, so making them accessible to the widest possible audience.

This site is available in several versions: English or Chinese interface, and traditional or simplified characters. You can change these at any time using the links at the top left-hand corner of every page.

To get the most out of the site, and to use some of the features described below, please create a free CTP account.

Main Contents and Features


Source information for texts and their translations is displayed at the bottom of the main contents page for each book, and can also be accessed by clicking on the [?] icon beside titles displayed in the menu to the left of each page. Texts which do not display this icon in the left-hand menu have not yet been corrected against a printed edition. If you wish to quote a text or translation in an academic work, you are strongly advised to check the passage you intend to quote in a recognized printed edition. Particularly with respect to translations, this site aims to provide accessible versions rather than verbatim copies of existing works, and translations are sometimes modified, for example to fit the format of the site or use modern Romanization. Furthermore, if you wish to quote a translation in an academic work, you may find more recent translations than those used on the site more appropriate. This site in general uses copyright-expired English translations in order to protect the rights of modern translators. For suggested modern translations and reference works, please see the Resources section of the site.

Comments and corrections

Comments and constructive criticism will always be gratefully received! If you have anything to say about these pages, and especially if you have encountered any errors in the system or the texts, I would very much like to hear from you. Please feel free to contact me at: . Please check whether your questions have been answered in the FAQ first.