There's a lot of Chinese characters out there, that it's often hard to figure out where to start. I've created a few lists for you to explore.
If you have any ideas for other lists I could create, do get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Characters are ranked based on their frequency. So how many times they appear in texts. This is a good place to start.
Some characters have pronunciation clues inside the character. Some of them are highly similar.
This list ranks characters based on how productive they are in forming words with other characters.
This list ranks characters based on how productive they are in being a component in other characters.