China History Forum is a discussion board, with what seem to be some great conversations. The above link goes to the "Chinese Language Help and Discussion" section. The conversations are in English, but there's knowledge of many languages within this group, and it sounds like some of the participants have known each other for awhile. Newbie questions too, though, even though there are FAQs pinned to the top. I found it through a search, and ended up on a fascinating discussion of naming foreign cities. Wanted to get this link into the archives here.