Mandarin Poster

Learn Chinese with the First and Second 1000
Most Common Chinese Characters

How it works

A stupidly simple & effective system to help you learn Chinese Characters.

1. Hang it on your wall

Put it somewhere you pass everyday, it will be a daily reminder and motivation to study. Check out these examples.

2. Look up characters

Spot characters you already know and the ones you don't. Memorize them together with their keyword and pinyin, or look them up in our eBook.

3. Use the pen

Use the provided marker pen to highlight the characters you have learned and visualize your progress.

Each character is shown with pinyin pronunciation, a memorable keyword and coordinates to easily look-up extra details.



First 1000
  • 1000 Characters
  • 5 levels
  • 90% coverage of modern Chinese
Second 1000
  • 1000 Characters
  • 5 levels
  • 90-97% coverage of modern Chinese
First 2000
  • 2000 Characters
  • 10 levels
  • 97% coverage of modern Chinese

The First 1000

The First set of Chinese characters you should learn, or die trying

  • Write on it
  • Frame it
  • Study it

Our best selling poster is the perfect size for hanging on your wall and fits into standard frames.

We use the best quality paper to ensure durability and to avoid sagging/ripping.

Coated with a thin plastic film so you can write on it/eat your dinner off it.

Can also be used as a cape to help fight crime.

The Second 1000

Just like our first poster, but 100% more intimidating

An expansion of our first poster, just with a more difficult set of characters. The same size, quality and features.

Pairs nicely with our eBook.

May also be used as a flag to ward off enemies.

Print it Yourself

Ebooks, practice sheets, self-print posters

  • All the characters
  • Instant access
  • Print it yourself

We took our character frequency list and added a whole bunch of extra information.

We've optimized our poster for self-printing and split it into levels - go from a humble grasshopper to jade emporer.

0% of the profits go to Chairman Mao.

The First 1000

Chinese Characters

1 Grasshopper

2 Tea Egg

3 Crispy Duck

4 Terracotta Warrior

5 Giant Panda

The Second 1000

Chinese Characters

6 Crouching Tiger

7 Confucius

8 Shaolin Monk

9 Golden Monkey

10 Jade Emporer

  • Character breakdowns
  • Example words
  • HSK vocabulary
  • Practice writing sheets
  • Self-print posters

Mandarin Posterers

Join thousands of other Chinese Learners around the world

Send us in a picture of your poster and we'll add it to our gallery.

Visit the Gallery

Free Goodies

Made with guavas and love

Chinese Character Frequency List

The master list on which our posters are based.

Simplified Chinese Radicals List

A curated list of the simplified Chinese radicals.

We also sell a Radical Scroll

Chinese Writing Practice Paper

Squared writing paper for drilling characters.

More at Chinese Printables

These free resources are available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. That means you can use, adapt, and share them as you like but you will need our permission to sell. If you try to make profits of our stuff then you will be cursed for eternity.

We also make some other cool stuff.

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Your Questions

  • What countries do you ship to?

    We ship to every country.

  • How much is shipping?

    Shipping is $5 for the first poster, $2 for each extra one, to any country.

  • Are the posters laminated?

    Most of our posters are coated in a plastic film, it's not as thick as laminate but that's a good thing as it's lighter and better for the environment. Check the store pages to get the low-down on specific posters.

  • Can I write on my poster?

    Yes, we provide you with an ultra-special marker pen that you use on the poster, but pretty much any water-based marker should be fine.

  • I want to buy more than 10 posters, can I get a discount?

    Send us an email at and we will set you up with some sweet dealz.

  • Can I get some free stuff?

    If you have ordered before, send us in an awesome picture of your poster and we'll see what we can do.

  • My poster was damaged in the mail, what should I do?

    Send us an email at with your order number and we will sort it out.

  • How long does delivery take?

    That depends on which country you are located in, however in general all orders take around 1-4 weeks to arrive.

  • Can I print the posters myself?

    Yes, we offer PDF versions of the posters that you can print yourself. They are available in our store.

Contact us.

If you want to get in touch, suggest something or inquire about bulk orders then email us at

Also, we have a blog.

About us

Two dedicated life-long learners of Chinese


Dave is a learner of Chinese, designer of websites, and lover of technology, in that order. Originally from England, he’s been living in Taiwan and learning Mandarin Chinese for almost eight years. He founded and runs Chinese Hacks, a blog dedicated to learning Chinese. You can follow Dave on Twitter @DaveFlynn or simply ask for “茶米” at any number of Betel Nut stores (檳榔店) in southern Taiwan.


After spending several years learning Chinese in Taiwan, Chris moved to Germany to build web sites and eat Knödel. When he’s not pondering over radicals and stroke order, he’s making character frequency lists for fun or working on various side projects for MandarinPoster such as CharacterPop and Chinese is Awesome.