Encyclopedia of China

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Encyclopedia of China
Encyclopedia of China.jpg
Country China
Language Chinese
Subject General
Genre Reference encyclopedia
Publisher Encyclopedia of China Publishing House
Publication date
1978–present
Media type 74 Hardback Volumes
ISBN 978-7-5000-7958-3

The Encyclopedia of China (Chinese: 中国大百科全书; pinyin: Zhōngguó Dà Bǎikē Quánshū; literally: "China Great Encyclopedia") is the first large-entry modern encyclopedia in the Chinese language. The compilation began in 1978. Published by the Encyclopedia of China Publishing House, the encyclopedia was issued one volume at a time, beginning in 1980 with a volume on astronomy; the final volume was completed in 1993. It comprised 74 volumes, with more than 80,000 entries.[1] Arranged by subject, which numbered 66 (some subjects occupy more than one volume), within each subject, entries were arranged by pinyin as many modern Chinese dictionaries have been. A Uyghur language edition was also published in 2015.[2]

A CD-ROM version and a subscription-based online version are also available. A second and more concise edition of the work was published in 2009. The third online edition is going to be released and published in 2018[3], which would be free to use.[4] More than 20,000 scholars participate in this online encyclopaedia program which started in 2011 and founded by Chinese government, including some experts from Chinese Academy of Sciences.[5] It also is an effort of Chinese governments to prevent the Chinese netizens from being corrupted by the influences of uncontrolled foreign information sources, such as Wikipedia.[6]

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