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Ever Wondered What the Most Complex Chinese Character Is? Find Out Here

A professor in China has come up with a very creative way of penalizing those who are late for class. Wang Sijun, a university professor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu, used to ask his students to write English words as punishment for being late.

However, this didn’t seem to bother the students, as many of them already practiced writing English vocabularies, so they didn’t care about it that much.

One day while visiting Xi’an, he accidentally saw this so-called “the most complex word” called “biáng.” He thought it was interesting and beneficial for his students to learn.

So he changed the punishment for late comers to writing this character 1000 times.

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The character ‘biang.’ (Image: Erin Silversmith via Wikimedia/Public Domain)

One student said: “This character is made up of so many strokes. I gave up after writing it 200 times.” She promised she would never be late again.

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Handwriting of the character ‘biang.’ (Image: news.163.com)

Since it was too hard to write this extremely complex character 1000 times, another asked if he could draw 100 Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors instead.

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Drawing of Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors by a student. (Image: news.163.com)

This character is not found in dictionaries. It does not occur in standard Mandarin, but in the dialects spoken in Shaanxi Province and in the written form of biángbiáng miàn, or biangbiang noodles, a dish of wide, flat noodles popular there.

Made up of 56 strokes, it is pronounced “biáng,” echoing the sound when noodles are made on a chopping board, or the sound when a person slurps noodles.

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Biangbiang noodles. (Image: Gary Soup via Wikipedia/CC BY 2.0)

Watch the most difficult Chinese character, written step by step by Bettiobrazil:

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