Textbooks and Workbooks

Following the HSK curriculum, here are the textbooks you'll need.
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HSK Standard Course (Author: Jiang Liping)

HSK 标准教程 (作者:姜丽萍)

Authorized by Hanban, HSK Standard Course is developed under the joint efforts of Beijing Language and Culture University Press and Chinese Testing International (CTI). With HSK test papers as its primary source, HSK Standard Course is characterized by a humorous style, familiar topics and a scientific course design. Matching the HSK test in all aspects, from the content, form to the levels, it is a series of new-type course books embodying the idea of “combining testing and teaching, and promoting learning and teaching by testing”. It is suitable for the Confucius Institutes in different countries as well as other Chinese teaching institutions and self-taught learners.

The whole series is divided into six levels matching the HSK test, with one volume for each of Levels 1-3 and two volumes for each of Levels 4-6, totaling nine volumes.

You'll need purchase the textbooks and corresponding workbooks for each level. 

In China?

There are many physical bookstores in China that sell these textbooks and workbooks, but it may be more convenient to just order them online and have them delivered to your door. Here are some options to purchase online.

Ouside of China?

The best option would be purchasing them online. PurpleCulture.net is a Hong Kong based online business dedicated in providing Chinese cultural and educational products. They stock all of the HSK Standard Course textbooks and workbooks, and provide worldwide shipping. Alternatively, you may also purchase them from Amazon.com. 

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