On my system, the “门” character looks super weird. I expect it to look like this:

门 (mén) character that doesn't look weird

But instead it looks like this:

门 (mén) character that looks weird

I'm running Xubuntu 16.10 with the Chinese Language pack but not the Japanese language pack installed. I don't know what font it's displayed in but the second screenshot is from my system default.

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    You are using the noto for Japanese font , select other font begin with noto, see which one is for Chinese.
    – wolfrevo
    Mar 22, 2017 at 4:59
  • @user-487 how do I move this question?
    – ioistired
    Mar 23, 2017 at 16:16
  • Can I migrate a question myself?,,,,,, move the question
    – user-487
    Mar 24, 2017 at 4:21
  • @user-487 I can't ask that it be moved other than to chinese.meta.stackexchange.com :\ so I'll just flag it normally
    – ioistired
    Mar 27, 2017 at 2:30
  • I think the easiest way is that you ask again on that site.
    – user-487
    Mar 27, 2017 at 7:09

1 Answer 1


You can use fc-list :lang=zh-cn to list all fonts you install. I believe it is the bug in Ubuntu. Your system may use the wrong font to show simplified Chinese.

Take a look at your /etc/fonts/conf.d/64-language-selector-prefer.conf file, you may find the following:

         <family>Noto Sans CJK JP</family>
         <family>Noto Sans CJK SC</family>
         <family>Noto Sans CJK TC</family>
         <family>Noto Sans Mono CJK JP</family>
         <family>Noto Sans Mono CJK SC</family>
         <family>Noto Sans Mono CJK TC</family>

What you need to do is move JP item to last. Highly recommand you to install Google Noto.

You can found more here.

  • I got this problem on iOS as well, after I changed my phone's language to Japanese. Is there a fix for iOS as well?
    – Sweeper
    Mar 25, 2017 at 12:05
  • @Sweeper Japanese font show this font error. I think if you change your system's language to Chinese can solve this problem. But if you prefer Japanese, I don't think iOS has an option to choose prefer font.
    – einverne
    Mar 28, 2017 at 3:06
  • Thanks for the solution. I never would have found that forum post! This is interesting to me though, seems like a Unicode problem. Almost as if these two characters should not be "unified" under CJK…
    – ioistired
    Jun 14, 2017 at 21:59
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    For the future reader: I had this problem in Linux Mint, where the file /etc/fonts/conf.d/64-language-selector-prefer.conf does not exist. I found a solution by creating the file ~/.fonts.conf (ref.), then following the instructions in this answer. Jan 25, 2018 at 5:16

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