Every time I read or write the character 戀 (liàn) I’m always struck by how aesthetically pleasing it is:
It’s the top half that I particularly like, which appears in 變 as well. I just like the intricacy and neatness of it, and the way it’s very balanced but not quite symmetrical. It also contains the radical 言 , which I find very pleasing to read and write as well.
And it has a good set of meanings: “to feel attached to; to long for; to love”, as in 談戀愛 (also a very good-looking word, I think).
Unfortunately the simplified version just isn’t as attractive:
I really think they ruined that one, it’s such a shame.
What’s your favourite hanzi? Please share it in the comments, below!