Has anyone used the Heisig Remembering the Simplified/Traditional Hanzi? I've read that the traditional version is better. Any recommendations on whether it's better to use traditional book and then learn the specific simplified characters?
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Traditional hanzi are used in Hongkong, Taiwan, and Macau(it also widely used in China town in the foreign countries). But in mainland China, the simplified hanzi is official and that's what you will read and use there. Many people from mainland China are capable to read frequently-used traditional hanzi, but few（probably less than 1%) can write. So I strongly suggest to learn simplified hanzi if you are going to stay in mainland China, and learn traditional one if u are in Hongkong, Taiwan and Macau. By the way, some traditional hanzi are quite complicated and it maybe the reason why Chinese government choose the simplified one.