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.

Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives provides open access to 15 Japanese language newspapers published in China

 

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

 

Anqing: 3 titles from Anqing: 皖報 Wanbao, 1934-1948: 127 issues; 民岩報 Minyanbao, 1921-1926: 93 issues; 安慶新報 Anqing xinbao, 1940-1944: 1,179 issues

 

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

 

常識 Changshi Common Knowledge, 1927-1931: 350+ (see also 大常識 Dachangshi

 

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

 

The majority of the 292 monthly issues of Ling long 玲瓏 magazine published in Shanghai between 1931-1937 from Columbia Digital Collections via Internet Archive.

 

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

 

The 1945-1947 Taiwanese newspaper 民報 Minbao  (nearly 500 issues). Also available open access, along with full metadata at article level with several other publications through the 國立公共資訊圖書館

 

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

 

少年世界 Shaonian shijie 1920-1921 – 13 issues of “Young World”, and 48 issues of 少年中國 Shaonian Zhongguo 1919-1924 – “Young China” journal published by the Young China Association

 

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

 

Japanese

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.

 

English language

The China Weekly Review 1923-1940. 1,108 issues of this Shanghai-based news magazine

 

The Far Eastern Review 1904-1941 – Over 440 issues of this Manila and later Shanghai based monthly journal. For a contents list and introduction by Peter A. Crush see here.

 

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)