This steadily growing list of Chinese, Japanese and English language newspapers, periodicals, and related publications, published in China (mostly) and freely accessible online is collated with thanks from tweets by @MossonStone1 and other sources. Unless otherwise noted, all titles are hosted on Internet Archive as single issue PDFs (and a full list of those on IA can be found here, and they can be accessed as a single Internet Archive collection through this link, although there are gaps). Yan He, with support from Kahang Kgau has also created a map based index of the material. Latest update: 3 Dec 2021.
Open access newspaper and periodical databases
Chinese Women’s Magazines in the Late Qing and Early Republican Period. A multi-national collaborative project funded by the Canadian SSHRC & Humboldt Foundation, with furthe rsupport from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation. Includes include Nüzi shijie (Women’s World, 1904-07), Funü shibao (The Women’s Eastern Times, 1911-17), Funü zazhi (The Ladies’ Journal, 1915-31), and Linglong (Elegance, 1931-37)
Early Chinese Periodicals Online. This growing platform, hosted at the University of Heidelberg, and the fruit of an international collaboration, is rich in copies of women’s and entertainment magazines.
Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers database (1911 to 1949) from the Center for Research Libraries via East View Global Press Archive contains 292 titles and 70,000 issues.
MIT Visualizing Cultures. Platform includes a substantial run in high-resolution format of the Shanghai magazine 時代漫畫 Shidai manhua (Modern Sketch), 1934-1937, which can also be found at Colgate University Libraries, and the 1898 issues of 點石齋畫報 Dianshizhai huabao.
Modern History.Org Officially this is the ‘Anti Japanese War and modern Sino Japanese relations literature data platform’ (抗日战争与近代中日关系文献数据平台), but its holdings of digitized newspapers, periodicals, and much more, cover much more than this. The platform is a joint initiative of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Chinese Academy of History, National Library of China, and the State Archives Administration.
Old Hong Kong newspapers. This is the online, open to all, Hong Kong Libraries platform for its digitised newspapers. It includes the following Hong Kong Chinese newspapers: 香港工商日報 (Kung Sheung Daily News) (1926/04/01 – 1984/11/30)，香港工商晚報 (The Kung Sheung Evening News) (1930/11/16 – 1984/11/29)，華僑日報 (Wah Kiu Yat Po) (1947/05/01 – 1991/12/31)，香港華字日報 (The Chinese Mail) (1895/01/31 – 1940/12/31)，香港華字晚報 (Chinese Evening Mail) (1937/01/28 – 1938/01/27)，大公報 (Ta Kung Po) (1938/08/13 –1991/12/31)，天光報 (Tien Kwong Morning News) (1933/02/07 – 1940/11/30)，遐邇貫珍 (The Chinese Serial) (1853/08 – 1856/05)，循環日報 (Universal Circulating Herald) (1874/05/16 – 1886/01/30). See also the guides on this site to researching individuals in Hong Kong, and Shanghai, but which will also support research on other locales in China.
Although it does not host newspapers, the platform 《近現代人物資訊整合系統》(which it translates as The Integrated Information System on Modern and Contemporary Characters) established by the Institute for Modern History, Academia Sinica, contains a great many digitised biographical sources in Chinese, English and Japanese. The ‘Virtual Shanghai‘ platform, directed by Christian Henriot, and hosted by IrAsia at Aix Marseille Université contains a very large range of digitised texts, images, maps, and more. See also the inter-related the Bibliothèque numérique asiatique hosted by IRAsia, the Institut de Recherches Asiatiques, and the China Families listing of digitised residential and commercial directories. A very wide range of digitised material from post-1949 China can be found on or through the lists on Bannedthought.net, which also has pre-1949 and contemporary material. There are other more general platforms. One good listing of these is the list of Digital Resources and Projects on East Asia maintained by Paula R. Curtis.
Chinese newspapers and periodicals
31 issues of the Guangzhou magazine 半角漫畫 Banjiao Manhua or the “The Sketch” 1932-1935
北京大學日刊 Beijing daxue rikan Peking University Daily, 1917-1932. Over 2,800 issues.
北京女子高等師範週刊 Beijing nüzi gaodeng shifan zhoukan Peking Teachers College for Women Weekly, 1922-24. 70+ issues
Over 2,000 issues of the Chinese republican period newspaper 北京日報 Beijing ribao from 1906-1922
北京師大週刊 Beijing shida zhoukan, 91 issues, 1923-26 of this Peking Normal University weekly
濱江日報 Binjiang ribao, 1937-1945 – over 2,300 issues published in Harbin during the Japanese occupation of Manchruria
朝報 Chaobao, 1934-1937, 1945.10-1946 – Published in Najing; over 1,600 issues
成都晚報 Chengdu wanbao, 1943-1949, 1,958 issues
成都新聞 Chengdu xinwen, 1933-1936, 500+ issues
大常識 Dachangshi, 1928-1930, 200+ issues
大同報 Datong bao, 1933-1942, 3,300+, Changchun
大眾報 Dazhongbao Diario Tai Chung, 1941-1950: 2,000+ issues, Macao
大中時報 Dazhong shibao The Justice Herald, 1929-1937: 450+ scattered issues, Tianjin
電聲日報 Diansheng ribao Radio Movie Daily News , 1932-1933. Over 470 issues, and easily the best masthead of the titles on this list.
Over 400 issues of 電影日報 (Dianying ribao Film daily) newspaper from wartime Shanghai 1940-1941
電影時報 Dianying shibao, 1932-1933. 200+ issues
Over 800 issues of one of the most important Chinese journals of the 20th century, 東方雜誌 Dongfang Zazhi (The Eastern Miscellany) 1904-1948
東三省民報 Dongsansheng minbao, 1923-1932: 1,700+ issues, Shenyang
東亞晨報 Dongya chenbao, 1937-1943: 1,100+ issues, Tianjin
獨立評論 Duli pinglun “The Independent Critic”, 1932-1937 – 243 issues of this weekly. Hu Shi was Editor in Chief.
佛教日報 Fojiao ribao, 1935-1937: 369 issues of the Buddhist Daily
佛學月刊 Foxue yuekan Buddhist studies monthly, 1940-1943 – 30 issues (poor quality)
婦女日報 1924 – The Funü Ribao (Women’s Daily)
35 issues of 婦女文化 Funü wenhua Women’s Culture” published in Nanjing and, for a time, in Hankou
Almost 350 issues of the Tianjin newspaper 婦女新都會 Funü xindu hui (1939-1943)
國民政府公報 Guomin zhengfu gongbao December 1928-May 1948 – Over 1,900 issues of Gazette of the National Government of the Republic of China (including those issued by the collaborationist Reformed National Government led by Wang Jingwei.
國聞報 Guowenbao 1897-1899 – over 400 issues of this newspaper edited by Yan Fu (some technical flaws)
國聞周報 Guowen zhoubao 1924-1937 — over 500 copies of this monthly magazine.
哈爾濱五日畫報 Haerbin wuri huabao “Wuu-Ryu Pictorial News Harbin” 1932-1939 – 200+ issues
紅色中華 Hongse Zhonghua Red China 1931-1937 – 450+ issues of this Jiangxi Soviet newspaper. Changed title to 新中華報 January 1937 with these uploaded issues continuing into 1938. Succeeded by 新中華報 Xin Zhonghuabao 1939-1941 – 200+ issues, published in Yan’an
糊裡糊塗 Huli hutu, 1927-1928 – 83 issues of this Shanghai title, possibly the best named newspaper ever (‘Confused’ or ‘Muddled’).
湖南國民日報 Hunan guomin ribao, 1928-1949 (Changsha): 6,800+ issues (uneven file quality)
華北新聞 Huabei xinwen North China Gazette, 1921-1928: 1,000+ issues, Tianjin
華北新聞 Huabei xinwen, 1942-1948: 2,150+ issues, Xi’an
Over 1,500 issues of 吉長日報 JiChang ribao newspaper (covers Jilin and Changchun) 1909-1922
Over 2,100 issues of 解放日報 Jiefang ribao (1941-1947)
津報 Jinbao, 1905-: 400+ issues, Tianjin
進步日報 Jinbu ribao, 1949-1952: 1,388 issues, Tianjin
京報 Jingbao King Pao 1940-1944: 1,260+ issues, Japanese-occupied Nanjing
Over 2,000 issues of the Shanghai newspaper 立報 Li bao (1935-1938, 1945-1949)
良友 Liangyou– all 174 issues of “the most attractive and popular magazine in China” between 1926-1945, as The Young Companion referred to itself
滿洲報 Manzhou bao, 1922-1936: 4,900+ issues of this Chinese language newspaper published in Japanese controlled Dalian/Dairen. This joins previously linked Dalian/Dairen newspapers 泰東日報 and the Japanese language 滿洲日報
民報 Minbao Minpao Magazine, 1905-1910 – 27 issues of this organ of the revolutionary Tongmenghui, published in Kanda, Tokyo
閩報 Minbao, 1898-1937. Published in Fuzhou: a fragmentary run of 450+ issues across this period.
The KMT newspaper 民國日報 Minguo ribao, published in Shanghai (1916-1932, 1945-1947.1)
南京日報 Nanjing ribao – over 1,700 issues, 1934.10-1937.10, 1946-1949
南京晚報 Nanjing wanbao, 1929-1937, 1945-1949 (and the Chongqing edition from 1938-1949): 7,000+ issues
南粵日報 Nanyue ribao, 1940-1942: 440+ issues佛山 Foshan
寧波日報 Ningbo ribao, 1943-1949. 944 issues
青島民報 Qingdao minbao, 1932-1937 – Over 1,500 issues of this Qingdao newspaper
青島時報 Qingdao shibao, 1932-1937, 1946-: 1,875 issues of this Qingdao newspaper
青島新民報 Qingdao Xinmin bao, 1938-1944 – 1,000+ issues published during the Japanese occupation (later changed title to 青島大新民報
清議報 Qingyibao The China Discussion 49 issues from 1898-1900 of this journal founded by Liang Qichao (Internet Archive) A fuller run can be found on the Bibliothèque numérique asiatique hosted by IRAsia, the Institut de Recherches Asiatiques, along with much else besides.
求是報 Qiushi bao, 1925-1937. Fuzhou. 898 issues.
人民日報 Renmin ribao People’s Daily 1945-1949
三民半月刊 Sanmin banyuekan, 1928-1932, 70 issues
39 issues of the journal 上海婦女 Shanghai Funü (Shanghai Women) 1938-1940
上海畫報 Shanghai manhua Pictorial Shanghai 460+ issues 1925-1932
上海市政府公報 Shanghai shizhengfu gongbao, 1928-1949 : 200+ scattered issues of the Shanghai municipal gazette from 1929, 1930, 1932, a few from 1936-8, 1946, and 1947-48
上海小報 Shanghai xiaobao, 1940-1941: 150+ issues
20 issues of 上海影壇 Shanghai Yingtan (Shanghai Cinema) 1943-1945
申報 Shenbao Shunpao, almost 27,000 issues from 1872 to 1949 of Shanghai’s major, and longest-published daily. The scale of editing the metadata has prompted a request for contributors to share the task.
盛京時報 Shenjing shibao (Shenyang), 1906-1944 – 11.5k+ issues
神州日報 Shenzhou ribao The National Herald, 1907-1946: 6,400+ issues, Shanghai
時報 Shibao Eastern Times (Shanghai), 1913-1939 – 12150 copies
時事新報 Shishi xinbao China Times, 1911-1948 – ver 13,000 issues. Both Shanghai edition 1911-37, 1945-7 and Chongqing edition 1938-48.
蘇報 Subao 1896-1899, 1903 – over 550 issues of this revolutionary newspaper
蘇州明報 Suzhou ming bao, 1925-1949. Over 5,000 issues of this Suzhou newspaper via the Center for Research Libraries Digital Delivery System
泰東日報 Taidong ribao, 1920-1943: 6,300+ issues, Dalian/Dairen
泰晤士報 Taiwushi bao (The Chinese Peking & Tientsin Times), Tianjin, 1918, 1926-1930: 1,300 issues
天風報 Tianfeng bao, 1930-1938: 1,200+ issues, Tianjin. In 1938 the newspaper became the 天風畫報 Tianfeng huabao
天風畫報 Tianfeng huabao, 1938-1939: 201 issues, Tianjin
天津商報 Tianjin shangbao, 1928-: 1,700+ issues
天聲報 Tianshengbao, 1937-1943: 1,930 issues
Over a hundred issues of the 跳舞日報 Tiaowu ribao (Dancing Daily) newspaper from wartime Shanghai (1940-1942)
文化新聞 Wenhua xinwen, 1940-1945: 139 issues, Chongqing
70 issues of 文藝新聞 Wenshu xinwen 1931-1932
文學 Wenxue Literature, 1933-1937
Some 45 issues of 現代婦女 Xiandai funü (Modern Women), a Communist Party women’s magazine 1943-1947
湘學報 Xiang xuebao 1897-1898 – 7 issues of this late Qing dynasty reformist journal published in Changsha
新北京 Xin Beijing 1938-1943, 1,900+ issues of this collaborationist newspaper
新春秋 Xinchunqiu New Suncheo, 1928-1937: 300+ issues, Shanghai newspaper
新民報 Xinminbao, 1931-1950. 3000+ issues, published in Nanjing.
新民報 Xinminbao, 1940-1944: 1,100+ issues, published first in Tianjin, then Beijing
新秦日報 1921-1945 Xin Qin Ribao – Xi’an
新青年 Xin Qingnian 1915-1926 – Over 60 issues of New Youth (La Jeunesse) magazine
Over 2,500 issues of the wartime newspaper 新申報 Xin Shenbao (1937-1945), sponsored by the Japanese military
Over 6,000 issues of the Chongqing newspaper 新蜀報 Xin Shubao (New Sichuan Daily) 1926-1950
新天津 Xin Tianjin Tientsin Ex Novis, 1924-1944: 4,683 issues, Tianjin
新天津畫報 Xin Tianjin huabao New Tianjin Pictorial – 1,800+ issues, 1933-1943
新聞報 Xinwenbao Sin Wan Pao, Shanghai: 10,000+ issues from 1893 onwards, poor quality files from 1920s onwards
Over 6,000 issues of the 新新新聞 Xinxin xinwen New New News, newspaper from Chengdu, Sichuan 1930-1950
新中華報 Xin Zhonghuabao, 1929-1937. Published Nanjing, 2,267 issues
星期 Xingqi 1922-1923 – 48 issues of “The Sunday” magazine edited by Bao Tianxiao and associated with the “Mandarin Ducks and Butterflies” genre
影劇生活 Ying ju shenghuo, 1932-1933. 180 issues
庸報 Yongbao – 6,000 issues of this major Tianjin newspaper, 1926-1944
遊戲報 Youxi bao, 1897-1904. Published in Shanghai, 515 issues available.
遠東日報/遠東飯店日刊 Yuandong ribao / Yuandong fandian qikan 1926: 359 issues of a daily paper for guests of the Far Eastern Hotel in Shanghai (遠東飯店)
中報 Zhongbao Chun Pao, 1940-1945: 1,900+ issues, occupied Nanjing
中國攝影 Zhongguo sheying 1946-1949 – 24 issues of China Photography
Over 7,000 issues of 中央日報 Zhongyang ribao Central Daily 1928-1948
Around 2,500 issues of the Japanese language newspaper 新京日日新聞Shinkyō nichinichi shinbun, published in Changchun/Shinkyō/Xinjing, the capital of Japanese Manchuria/滿洲國
The Japanese language magazine 北支Hokushi (1939-1943) published by the 華北交通株式会社資業局 during the Japanese occupation of China
滿洲日報 Manshū Nippō – over 3,300 issues of this Japanese language newspaper, published in Dalian, 1906-1935
Over 3,600 issues of 臺灣日日新報 Taiwan nichinichi shinpo. Only years 1932-1944. In early years the last page or two are in Chinese.
The China Weekly Review 1923-1940. 1,108 issues of this Shanghai-based news magazine
An incomplete run of Israel’s Messenger, Official Organ of the Shanghai Zionist Federation, 1904-1934. Brill’s (subscription) Israel’s Messenger Online is fuller (1904-1941). As with all Brill’s online newspapers, it is possible to search this without a subscription, although only limited text is viewable.
The Japan Weekly Mail (1870-1917), an important English language newspaper from Yokohama. Missing: chunks of 1871-3, 1885, 1887.1-8, 1890.1-6, 1891.7-12, 1892.1-6, 1893.1-6, 1909.1-6, 1910.1-6, 1911, 1912.7-12, 1913, 1914, 1915.16, and 1916. The relationship between the foreign communities in Yokohama and in Shanghai was close, and it is always worth cross-referencing for news.
The London and China Telegraph (1860-1877; two years missing) by annual bound volumes and divided into some 650 issues
Millard’s Review of the Far East 1917-1921. Continued as Weekly Review of the Far East (below)
North China Herald years 1850-1941, with one or two missing issues (3,789 issues)
Old Hong Kong Newspapers includes the following titles: China Mail (1866/01/04 – 1961/12/29)，Hong Kong Daily Press (1864/01/04 – 1941/09/30)，Hong Kong Sunday Herald (1929/01/06 – 1950/10/29), Hong Kong Telegraph (1881/06/16 – 1951/03/30), Hong Kong Weekly Press (1895/01/03 – 1909/12/24)
A good run of the translation of the Peking Gazette (see also SOAS digital collections)
The Weekly Review of the Far East from 1921-1923. Continued as The China Weekly Review (above)