What you've got, of course, is decimal HTML entities-- but the numbers are far too low for Chinese.
:: detour to converter
[statman.info] so I can look them up in Character Viewer which is hexadecimal ::
1fd, 5bd, 37c, 1ad = UTF-8 c7bd, d6bd, cdbc, c6ad
Can the Forums display this?
Uhm, I guess not, but paste them into anything with an HTML preview and they'll jump right up again.
I know what's happening but I don't know how to fix it. It's interpreting UTF-16 as UTF-8 and then converting the pieces into decimal HTML entities. If you find a utility to do the retro-conversion (I can do the file-encoding part but not the HTML entities except by cut-and-paste) I want to hear about it. Edit:
After looking at what happened to my Chinese characters I'm guessing that is what happened to yours too, and what you actually pasted in was a series of non-Roman, non-Chinese letters. (Which indeed look very strange because they're from all different unicode blocks!) That makes the conversion easier because all you need is a text editor or similar to do the reinterpreting.
Trying again with encoding set manually to UTF-8: