What are Chinese serif and sans-selif Font Names

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Chinese typefaces Kai  Ming  sans-serif
Chinese typefaces, from top to bottom: Kai, Ming, sans-serif. «你的黃花滿地傷»

There are 3 major Chinese typefaces:

  1. Brush stroke → 楷軆 (Kai). Each stroke's thickness varies, as if written with a brush. This type face is known as Regular Script, and font of this type usually has the name “Kai” in it. This is rarely used online, because on computer screen it's not very legible with normal font-size.
  2. Print style, or semi-serif → {宋體 (Song), 仿宋體 (Imitation Song), 明體 (Ming)}. Simple geometrical squarish/blocky stroke, but has a triangular serif. This is very popular. Usage similar to English's serif style. (In China, it's called Song 宋體; in Taiwan, it's called Ming 明體.)
  3. sans-serif → 黑 (Hei). Sans-serif. All geometric shapes. This is also very popular. Usage similar to English's sans-serif style.

电脑上的中文字体基本分3种。① 楷体。Kei* 分粗细。② 宋,仿宋,明。楷体简化,直横直竖不分粗细,但有鳞角(serif)。③ 黑体。不分粗细,无鳞角。sans-serif.

In general, if you want a font with variable strokes as if written by a brush, look for a font name that contains “Kai” (楷軆). Otherwise, for normal readable text, use Song or Ming (宋體, 仿宋體, 明體). These are like regular script but more simple straight lines so it's more clear on computer screen. Font names with “Hei” is usually a heavier variant of Song.

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