Everyone believes that Chinese characters are hard to write. Some people get confused while others thinks it is a headache to remember each of the single characters. Chinese characters are made up using strokes. Additionally, “Traditional Chinese characters – used in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan” and “Simplified Chinese characters – used mostly in Mainland China” differ.

Learning how to write them involves the order in which they are supposed to be written and the direction of each individual stroke (left to right or up to down). The most simple character is one 一 (), a single stroke written from left to right.

Have you ever thought of the most complicated Chinese character?

In this article, we would like to present you the five hardest characters and their meaning. Except for number 3 and 5 all of the following characters are consisting of more than one character which are written in the traditional style.

The most complex character consisting of 58 strokes is pronounced as biáng.  Biang Biang Noodles – biáng biáng miàn is a typical noodles-dish that is famous and popular in China’s Shaanxi province.


One character is made up using several other characters!

This character contains within itself the characters for speak(7 strokes), tiny  (2×3 strokes) on both sides, horse  (10 strokes), grow (2×8 strokes), moon  (4 strokes), heart  (4 strokes), and knife (2 strokes). These are then surrounded by a second layer of characters: cave  (5 strokes) on the top and walk   (4 strokes) on the left side. This complex and rare Chinese character isn’t found in modern dictionaries and can’t be typed on a computer!


This character ‘dá’ consists of 48 strokes and is also hard to write even though it is the same character 龍three times. The meaning of this character means “the appearance of a walking dragon.” This character can be found in Simplified Chinese.

Nàng can be described as the third hardest Chinese character consisting of 36 strokes. The meaning of this character is “stoppage of the nose, causing one to speak with a nasal twang.” Even though this character seems to belong to the traditional ones, it is actually used in modern Chinese in the same way. The left side character 鼻 means nose and 囊means pocket.


The character cuàn made up of 29 strokes mean oven. Inside this character 火 and 木 can be found, in a sense which is logical for the usage of an oven. Even if there are other characters for oven, maybe this character is the reason why most Chinese households do not use an oven.

The last character on our list is Náng, which is a Xinjiang style bread of the muslim Uighur ethnic minority in the Northwest China. This bread is best to be eaten when it comes straight out of the oven. The left side Character means food and the right side character, just as with number three from above means bag.

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