A Reader on China, written by famous Chinese author Mr. Su Shu-yang, becomes one of the most successful books explaining Chinese history to outside world. Betelsmann, Shan Lian Book (HK), and Shanghai Press and Publishing Development Company bought the copyright of this book for German, Traditional Chinese and English version respectively. Its simplified Chinese version sold for 10 million copy in mainland China. Its English version sold for 3000 copies in North America.
Intended for general interest readers, this one-volume book provides a basic, introductory guide to Chinese civilization, including history, philosophy, culture, and society. Chapters include: geography, prehistory and mythology; ethnic minorities, feudal states, origins of language, philosophy and moral culture, traditional religious beliefs, family life, food and diet, art and literature, Chinese aesthetics, science and technology, and discoveries and inventions. A Reader on China opens the door to future study on one of the worlds most ancient civilizations.