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Traditionally, Chinese was written vertically in columns from top to bottom, right to left. Today, however, the Western layout has been more frequently adopted and it is written horizontally in rows from left to right, top to bottom. Whereas they previously did not use punctuation marks, these also are now more frequently seen today.

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Traditional Chinese books are read from top to bottom, right to left. However, modern Chinese books are also read from left to right, top to bottom, similar to English books.

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