A Brief Introduction
Well-read Chinese literature works have been selected for Abridged Chinese Classic Series and the abridged version has kept the storyline and style of language of the original.
Each text contains about 30,000 to 50,000 words, and new words are kept less than 5% of the total words. It is designed for Chinese language learners who have finished basic Chinese grammar and acquired 2000 words (first and second level vocabulary of elementary HSK proficiency). For the convenience of the learners, pinyin has been added to the full text, so have explanations to new words when they appear for the first time. Explanatory notes to phrases and expressions and some study questions are included after each chapter. The learners can listen to the complimentary CD in mp3 format for correct pronunciation. This series can not only serve as materials for leisure reading thanks to its classsic and well-written language, and as texts for reading in Chinese training programmes thanks to its proper length and explanatory notes, but also as assistance for international readers to approach the original works.
Intended for learners of Chinese as a second language, this is an abridged version of the novel by Qian Zhongshu, a renowned writer scholar and classical Chinese expert.