Chinese characters come in all shapes and sizes. Some are complicated, others, luckily, less so. One way to indicate the complexity of a Chinese character is its amount of strokes. On average, Chinese characters are made up out of roughly 9 strokes. For example, the Chinese name of GoEast, 歌易, has one character with 14 strokes and one with 8 - nothing out of the ordinary.
There are characters with way, way more strokes than that. Probably the most complicated character you can still encounter out in the wild today is biáng, a type of noodles. The character clocks in at no less than 58 strokes. Here's a description from the Wikipedia entry about biáng:
The character is composed of 言 (speak; 7 strokes) in the middle flanked by 幺 (tiny; 2×3 strokes) on both sides. Below it, 馬(horse; 10 strokes) is similarly flanked by 長 (grow; 2×8 strokes). This central block itself is surrounded by 月 (moon; 4 strokes) to the left, 心 (heart; 4 strokes) below, 刂 (knife; 2 strokes) on the right, and 八 (eight; 2 strokes) above. These in turn are surrounded by a second layer of characters, namely 宀 (roof; 3 strokes) on the top and 辶 (walk; 4 strokes) curving around the left and bottom.
Close to GoEast is a small restaurant where you can eat these noodles (look for the a red sign with biáng on it - location on Google Maps). I ate there once and the noodles were tasty, but nothing too special - not as special as their name would suggest, anyway.
Kevin writes columns for the GoEast Blog on studying Chinese, Chinese culture, and life as a foreign student. He has studied China and Chinese for over five years, first in his home country the Netherlands, then in Beijing, and now at Fudan University's Chinese Society department.