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1) 'biang' Well, the first one that came to my mind is 'biang', as in 'biang biang mian' - which a quick Wikipedia search shows has 57 strokes. This is still in some use (and I've seen it in restaurants), if that means anything to you. 2) 'zhe' Sadly however, biang doesn't have the most strokes (although I would argue it's the most complex) - Wikipedia ...


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The Unicode standard put one character into one code point, but the character can be written differently in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Japanese or Korean(oh, they don't use characters now, only Hangul). From the Unicode website, you can download a list of all characters, with their origin local standard and shape. A example for character "直" is ...


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Characters in the first image are the same(same meaning, same pronunciation). They are variants(we call them 异体字,异:different, 体 body, form, 字: character) of the same character, however, Japan and China select different form as standard form. On the computer, using the proper fonts will solve this problem. Read this wiki article to find more such variants. ...



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