Chromium doesn’t show Chinese at all with default install of Crunchbang, as reported in this thread.
Inside that thread, the solution is provided. Basically:
sudo aptitude install ttf-wqy-zenhei
sudo aptitude install ttf-wqy-microhei
The thing puzzled me the most is Firefox works OK without requiring any additional fonts installed. Therefore, I believe that there are Chinese fonts install on my box, and the question becomes: why can’t chromium use that font?
I have only
Droid Sans installed by default, so I guess Firefox is using it,
which is confirmed by the fact that Firefox can’t render Chinese characters
The reason is probably the answer to these two bug reports, which are listed in the reference.