Imitation Song

Imitation Song

The characters "仿宋體" in a modern imitation Song typeface

Imitation Song is a style of Chinese typefaces modeled after a type style in Lin'an in the Southern Song Dynasty. They are technically a type of regular script typeface.


  • Name 1
  • Characteristics 2
  • History 3
  • Imitation Song in computing 4
  • References 5


The name of this kind of typeface varies across regions that use Chinese characters.

  • In Chinese, it is called fǎng Sòngtǐ (仿宋體/仿宋体, "imitation Song form").
  • In Japanese, it is called Sōchōtai (宋朝体, "Song Dynasty form").


Characteristics of imitation Song typefaces include:

  • The basic structure of regular script
  • Relatively straight strokes, with horizontal strokes slanting up slightly.
  • Low stroke width variation between horizontal and vertical strokes, with strokes usually being relatively thin.
  • Overall geometrical regularity.


A page of a publication from Chén zhái shūjí bù.

The printing industry from the Tang Dynasty reached an apex in the Song Dynasty,[1] during which there were three major areas of production:

When Song lost control of northern China to the Jin (金) Dynasty, its capital was moved to Lin'an (modern Hangzhou), where there was a revival of printing, especially literature from Tang left in what was conquered by the Jin Dynasty. Many publishers were established in Lin'an, including Chén zhái shūjí bù (陳宅書籍鋪) established by Chen Qi (Chinese: 陳起; pinyin: Chén Qǐ),[1] from which publications used a distinct style of regular script with orderly, straight strokes. Modern typefaces of this style are classified as imitation Song typefaces (Chinese: 仿宋體).

Imitation Song in computing


  1. ^ a b c d e Kinkido Type Laboratory - Home → ●知る: 漢字書体