One of the most complex Chinese Characters - Biang Biang Mian

At 57 strokes, this is a really cool character that doesn't show up in any 输入法 shū rù fǎ - character input method.

From wikipedia:

Made up of 57 strokes, the Chinese character for "biáng" is one of the most complex Chinese characters in contemporary usage, although the character is not found in modern dictionaries or even in the Kangxi dictionary.
The character is composed of 言 (speak) in the middle flanked by 幺 (tiny) on both sides. Below it, 馬 (horse) is similarly flanked by 長 (grow). This central block itself is surrounded by 月 (moon) to the left, 心 (heart) below, 刂 (knife) on the right, and 八 (eight) above. These in turn are surrounded by a second layer of characters, namely 宀 (roof) on the top and 辶 (walk) curving around the left and bottom.
Because the Chinese character for "biáng" cannot be entered into computers (the character has not been added to Unicode), phonetic substitutes like Chinese: 彪彪面; pinyin: biāo biāo miàn) or Chinese: 冰冰面; pinyin: bīng bīng miàn) are often used.

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Comment by Brandon on September 26, 2011 at 10:17pm

Check - I ate Biang Biang Mian in Xi'an as a result of this post - really delicious.

and took photo of wall poster for the character.


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Comment by Jacob Gill on August 29, 2011 at 8:38am
This certainly is a fun one. Too bad most people don't even know how to write it. The pronunciation for the character is an onomatopoeia, representing the sound that the "biang" sound that the noodles make as they are being pulled and slapped onto the table... or at least that is one someone in Shaanxi province told me.
Comment by Mauricio Estrella on August 4, 2011 at 11:27pm
Wow, that's what I call complex! O_O
Comment by Will Weisblatt on August 3, 2011 at 10:59am

It's just a name, absolutely no meaning.  But its a really cool character. 

Comment by Ma Si Wen on August 3, 2011 at 10:16am
Nice post. Didn't know about this character before. What does it mean?

Comment by Brandon on August 3, 2011 at 7:23am

Nice post & character.  

Looks delicious - obligatory food p0rn shot, from same wikipedia page.

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