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Does this building on chinese painting exist for real ? May the text which come along be of any help?

the building exists, it’s called “turtle tower”, in hanoi, vietnam: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoàn_Kiếm_Lake
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How to look up seal script characters?

For a freely available method, Guoxuedashi offers an interface to look up seal script characters. Prerequisites: Internet Explorer (seal script links do not dislpay properly on other browsers, ...
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Has Unicode included these Classical Chinese characters?

𢂎 U+2208E 𦩳 U+26A73 𥸷 U+25E37 𤭹 U+24B79 𠰉 U+20C09 𢮿 U+22BBF 𦧴 U+269F4 𢜫 U+2272B 𤍐 U+24350 𢃛 U+220DB 𤟔 U+247D4 𣩒 U+23A52 𩵖 U+29D56 𪇇 U+2A1C7 𩬱 U+29B31 𤜅 U+24705 﨣 U+FA23 𥺝 U+25E9D 髟+忿?(...
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Stamped Chinese characters on a banknote

Read right to left, top to bottom. 富行揀選 樣券 富行 was short for 雲南富滇銀行 (The Yunnan "Fu-Tien" Bank), 揀選 meant "select, pick". 樣券 means "banknote sample". PS: Welcome to ...
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Characters which have several different shapes

To answer the queries directly: Are all of these different styles of the same characters used in China as well, or are they specific to Japan? Is it important for me to learn about them (i.e. ...
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What does this mean in English, very few words (Screenshot inside)?

illusional romance 梦幻:梦是睡觉时的妄想,幻是魔术师的表演。二个都是虚假的。 情缘:情通常指男女爱情,缘是缘分(the fate, the lot, the second cause)。 补充: '梦幻' also means '美好的'(extraordinary, too good to be true)。 For example: 梦幻音乐。 It means ...
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How to look up seal script characters?

Looking up seal characters is not as hopeless as other answers seem to indicate, even though it is considerably harder than looking up modern characters. In any case, the lookup needs to consist of ...
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What do these two characters on cufflinks signify? (Characters identified: 福 and 壽/夀)

A technique for ‘solving’ such a problem without a human translator I pretend I did not know Chinese, I use 'Chinese hand writing input' on my iPad to mimic the brush strokes in the image you posted ...
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Can someone please help me translate the writing on my dizi flute?

So it's a very famous line from a very famous poem: 九月九日忆山东兄弟 【唐】王维 独在异乡为异客,每逢佳节倍思亲。 遥知兄弟登高处,遍插茱萸少一人。 It means: 独自远离家乡难免总有一点凄凉,[Leaving home alone is a little melancholic, so homesick] 每到重阳佳节倍加思念远方的亲人。...
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Does anyone know what character ⿰彳⿱㚘心 is?

Surely, that's a variant of 愆 (U+6106)/𠎝 (U+2039D) 'fault, mistake, error, transgression'. In fact, GlyphWiki records exactly the variant under question as 'cbeta-15523', CBETA being the digital ...
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The character 双 in the dish name 炒双冬。

I think it's 炒双冬. 双 here means two. One 冬 is 冬菇, also known as 香菇, a kind of mushroom, lentinus edodes. The other 冬 refers to 冬笋, bamboo shoots.
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Mnemonic or Glyph Origin for 御

「御」 originally meant to operate or manage/control, then extended to mean the adjective imperial. The meaning to drive a carriage is specifically held by the character 「馭」; when 「御」 is used for this ...
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Are the characters for sleep and feel the same?

Chinese characters can have multiple meanings and multiple pronunciations. You figure out the intended pronunciation and meaning based on the context. In the context 睡觉 (Shuìjiào,"go to sleep"), the ...
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Are these chinese characters understandable?

It is plain as day that the two characters in both version of the logo are 烏黑 (pitch-black)in native Chinese's eyes. The top stroke of 烏 doesn't need to touch the frame, but you can't remove it if ...
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Does this box in the movie 妖猫传 (Legend of the Demon Cat) say 鳳栖樓 on its lid and 私人必死 inside, and what do they mean?

Never saw the movie. 鳳栖樓 should be the name of the building. You are mentioning there is a key in the box, so it is probably the building where the key is for. As the note inside the box, you got ...
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What is this character? How to identify it?

The character is the Shuowen seal form of「克」. 「克」was originally a compound of「由」(a helmet, top part of「冑」) and a reduced form of「皮」(an animal being skinned for its hide, with the action being ...
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What are the characters on this seal? (Characters identified: 李濟懋印)

As the other answer stated, the characters are 李濟懋印. Approximate idea of character development - this may not be strictly how the characters evolved over the years. 李 「李」(originally a kind of ...
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This is a seal on a porcelain piece. I am not sure if it is from China or Japan. Can anyone tell me what it says? (Characters identified: 大明嘉靖年製)

From right to left, up to down: 大明嘉靖年製 Made during the Jiajing era of Great Ming 大明 is the official name of the Ming dynasty. 嘉靖年 refers to the Jiajing era (1521–67). 製 is a verb meaning 'to make', ...
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What are these two characters?

according to 教育部異體字字典, the first one is a variant of “鵬”: https://dict.variants.moe.edu.tw/variants/rbt/word_attribute.rbt?quote_code=QTA0NzM4 the second one “氵”+“屰”, maybe it’s not chinese, a cjkv ...
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An unknown, calligraphic Traditional Chinese character (Character identified: 常)

What you posted is 常 (pinyin: chang2). It means always or often, and with New Year decorations, can appear in combination for example in well-wishing phrases about happiness, fortunes, health, etc. ...
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What is the name of the university in this seal?

It reads: 早稻田 大學 圖書 A Japanese Waseda University collection.
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How can I search for a Chinese character when I see it on a picture?

With pictures OCR is your best bet. Here’s a screenshot I took of the front page of baidu just now: Then I use Pleco’s OCR software to see what the titles Chinese characters are here you can see ...
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What do these two characters on cufflinks signify? (Characters identified: 福 and 壽/夀)

@水巷孑蠻 has already provided the correct answer - I just want to provide some additional methods for getting the answer. I took your written characters and put them into Pleco's OCR software: Your 福 ...
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Chinese Poem And Seal Translation Needed

the text, with my best guess: 水殿亭¹亭荷 飛鳧浴³晚波 香 凮²吹不斷 時送采蓮歌 為 兆南五兄大人雅正之 丁酉冬月石泉何濂畫 ¹the actual character is a variant (u+20158), i guess most os, app can't display it correctly. have a look of this ...
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Mystery Character (Components: 禾日日皿)

馧(yun1)means aroma. 馚馧(fen1 yun1) has the similar meaning.
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Please translate the image (Characters identified: 虾炒饭(大))

It is 虾炒飯(大). The one stoke in the middle had faded out, the ink just fell off Appearnently it is “Shrimp fried rice (large)” on a menu
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Please help identify traditional Chinese painting

Starting from the seal script, the left character is either 歡 or 觀 (from 趙孟頫 as well). I can't guess which one because the top-right part is blurred. As for the right-hand side one, I don't know ...
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What is the signature and red seal on my landscape painting? (Characters identified: 廣城作)

Regular script transcription The cursive calligraphy says 作廣  城 Work of 廣城 (Mandarin Pinyin: Guǎng Chéng) The seal says ⿸厂𡕛 (廣) 𩫨 (城) 廣城 Where 廣城 is the artist's name (probably using a ...
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