There are five tones in Mandarin Chinese. When it comes to coverage of China, Sixth Tone believes there is room for other voices that go beyond buzzwords and headlines to tell the uncommon stories of common people.

Through fresh takes on trending topics, in-depth features, and illuminating contributions, Sixth Tone covers issues from the perspectives of those most intimately involved to highlight the nuances and complexities of today’s China.

We are a team of writers, editors, and researchers from within China and abroad. We belong to Shanghai United Media Group, and share our offices with our sister publication, The Paper.

Our Tones

Rising Tones are timely reports on issues and events from across China. Drawing from a vast range of sources, these articles provide insights into the significance of each issue in a wider context.

Half Tones are small, easily digestible bites of news. Concise and to the point, they deliver the crux of a new story in just a few paragraphs or provide timely updates to our previous coverage.

Deep Tones are features that cut to the core of contemporary China. In-depth, informed, and carefully crafted, every piece is carried by the voices of the story’s participants.

Broad Tones are contributions from individuals with unique perspectives to share. This section is dedicated to a wide range of people, from experts and commentators to those whose voices are rarely heard.

Vivid Tones are visual stories showing up-close and personal slices of contemporary China. Each piece is fine-tuned to present diverse narratives through short videos, documentaries, photography, and data visualization.