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The most complicated Chinese characters-biang biang mian

biang biang mian

Yesterday, I was wandering on the street with my friend, we walked and walked, soon I saw a signboard of a Chinese noodle resturant, which shows 3 Chinese characters -biang biang mian. I did not recognize it at the first sight, then these complicated characters reminded me of a story a shaanxi local told me. She told me how to write these characters by remembering a pithy formula. It was such good luck that I met with it, and then I didn’t hesitate to capture it : )

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” (陝西十大怪), are described as being like a belt, due to their thickness and length. The “Noodle King” chain in Beijing (梆梆麵北京連鎖店) serves biáng biáng noodles.

Phonetic substitution

Made up of 57 strokes, the Chinese character “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. Because the Chinese character for “biáng” cannot be entered into computers (either the Unicode might not yet introduced), phonetic substitutes like 棒棒麵 (bàng bàng miàn) or 梆梆麵 (bāng bāng miàn) are often used.

Mnemonics

There are a number of ditties familiar to Shaanxi residents used as mnemonics to aid recall of how the character is written.

One version runs as follows:

Trad.
Chinese
Simp.
Chinese
Pinyin English translation
一點上了天 一点上了天 yì diǎn shàng le tiān A dot rises up to heaven,
黃河兩道彎 黄河两道弯 huáng hé liǎng dào wān and the yellow river has two bends.
八字大張口 八字大张口 bā zì dà zhāng kǒu The character “eight” (八) opens its mouth,
言字往進走 言字往进走 yán zì wǎng jìn zǒu and the character “speak” (言) walks in.
你一扭 我一扭 你一扭 我一扭 nǐ yī niǔ, wǒ yī niǔ You make a twist, I make a twist,
你一長 我一長 你一长 我一长 nǐ yī zhǎng, wǒ yī zhǎng you grow, I grow,
當中加個馬大王 当中加个马大王 dāng zhōng jiā ge mǎ dà wáng and we add a horse king in between.
心字底 心字底 xīn zì dǐ The character “heart” (心) forms the base,
月字旁 月字旁 yuè zì páng the character “moon” (月) stands at the side,
留個釣搭挂麻糖 留个钓搭挂麻糖 liú ge diào dā guà má táng a hook at the right to hang sesame candies,
坐著車車逛咸陽 坐着车车逛咸阳 zuò zhe chē chē guàng xián yáng and we ride a carriage to tour the streets of Xianyang.

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The most complicated Chinese characters-biang biang mian:目前有6 条留言

  1. 6楼
    阅城:

    这个字我还是认识的,呵呵~顺便说一句,链接已经添加~

    2010-05-07 下午 10:22 [回复]
  2. 我的网站是 http://www.cuike.org

    麻烦您加了之后在我博客里留言,告诉我一声,谢谢啦

    2010-05-07 下午 2:25 [回复]
  3. 您好,我是在wordpress上看到你要交换友情链接,我的也是pr3,关注互联网的博客,100%原创。我已经加了你的链接。期待你也加上我的。谢谢啦。

    2010-05-07 下午 2:24 [回复]
  4. 地板
    美空:

    我也做好了,谢谢。

    2010-05-05 下午 2:55 [回复]
  5. 板凳
    美空:

    第一次来,学习一下,我也是PR4,有空换一下。

    2010-05-03 下午 11:14 [回复]
  6. 沙发
    舒洁雅:

    够强大!

    2010-05-03 下午 10:24 [回复]

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