The best Chinese books of the last century

Time Out’s guide to the top China fiction and non-fiction books you need to read

Time Out Beijing present the ultimate guide to the best Chinese books since 1900. Discover the top 20 Chinese fiction and 20 Chinese non-fiction books as voted for by 25 of China’s top literary experts including Penguin Asia's Jo Lusby, author Lynn Pan and Newsweek's Duncan Hewitt.

Find out more about the rich history of China’s authors in Beijing in our guide to the city’s literary landmarks and where to find them, including Cat Country author Lao She's former residence and former Qing Dynasty literati hangout Taoranting Park.

Also discover Beijing’s best bookshops, and all the information you need to make the most of the Bookworm Literary Festival in March 2015.

China's best fiction books
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China's best fiction books

The best novels from China as voted by a panel of 25 literary experts

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China's best non-fiction books
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China's best non-fiction books

China's best non-fiction books as voted by a panel of 25 literary experts

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The judges' shortlists
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The judges' shortlists

See which China books each of our expert judges voted for and why

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Yu Hua
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Yu Hua

The renowned writer and NYT columnist on latest novel The Seventh Day

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Julia Lovell on the Opium War
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Julia Lovell on the Opium War

British translator Julia Lovell on her fairer history of China's Opium Wars

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China's best fiction authors

Eileen Chang
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Eileen Chang

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Sheng Keyi
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Sheng Keyi

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Yan Lianke
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Yan Lianke

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Mai Jia
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Mai Jia

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China's top non fiction authors

Evan Osnos
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Evan Osnos

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Lynn Pann
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Lynn Pann

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Yu Hua on China in Ten Words
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Yu Hua on China in Ten Words

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Paul French on Midnight in Peking

Paul French on Midnight in Peking

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Discover Beijing's literary heritage

Lao She Museum
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Lao She Museum

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National Library of China
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National Library of China

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Cao Xueqin's Memorial
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Cao Xueqin's Memorial

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Former residence of Lu Xun
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Former residence of Lu Xun

Grand View Garden
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Grand View Garden

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Taoranting Park
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Taoranting Park

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Zhongshan Park
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Zhongshan Park

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Mao Dun former residence
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Mao Dun former residence

More literary landmarks

Beijing book shops

Beijing Bookworm literary festival 2015


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