Friday, January 23, 2009

The Most Complex Chinese Character

Everybody uses Roman alphabet. There is nothing complex about the alphabets but perhaps alphabets like W or M require more strokes.

Today, let me introduce to you the most complex Chinese character in contemporary usage.
According to Wikipedia, the character is pronounced by biang. It is made up of 57 strokes and far too complex be entered into computers. Biang is also not found in modern dictionaries but is widely used in the province of Shaanxi, China.

So what the heck is a biang?
Quotes from Wikipedia: Biáng biáng noodles are a type of noodle popular in China's Shaanxi province. The noodles, touted as one of the "ten strange wonders of Shaanxi", are described as being like a belt, due to their thickness and length.

Images taken from Wikipedia

However, the origins and history of the character are unclear, but it is thought that the shop owner created the character specially for the belt-like noodle.

How I wish I can create my own Chinese character~ Like the character - super duper extremely handsome


weizhu said...

dem .. its reali complex and i shall pretend i din see your last line.

easternC said...

wow ~ its like 10 words put together... lol ~
does that food taste like belt too?

lovelyeyna said...

wow... that Chinese character looks exteremely difficult to write, isn't it? but it's pretty easy to pronounce... lol... ;p super duper extremely handsome? are you competing with biang??? hahahaha... btw, happy chinese new year!!!!!!!!! ;D i shall return to ask for my ang-pow (you don't have to be married or old to give one) and mandarin oranges later ;p

Edwin Si said...

haha wz, the main point is the last line. regret that u didnt see it

well eastC, i have never tasted that belt like food before. but i have a bad feeling that its not very nice

ina, come to my house and i give u ang pau, and 1 box of mandarin oranges. eat til u bloat

lovelyeyna said...

i'm not going home this chinese new year... so sad... huhu... my family, on the other hand, will have fun celebrating the chinese new year with my grandparents... i want to go home... huhu... yeah, eat till i bloat and you pay for my slimming programme later;p

Edwin Si said...

hahaha... even u, need a slimming programme??? LOL.. i really don't think so.