converting from utf-8 entities to utf-8 characters
I'm converting from utf-8 to base64 in order to use variables in email subject fields.
The utf-8 code i have is in entity form (e.g. "坛(ignore);" ) but of course if i convert this to base64 the subject will display "坛(ignore);" rather than the chinese character it represents.
So how can the "坛(ignore);" be converted into character form within the php code to allow the base64 encoding to take place?