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Lucky Numbers and Unlucky Numbers in China

In China, lucky numbers have pronunciations that are similar to words with lucky meanings. Number 8 holds huge significance as a lucky number. To a lesser extent 2, 6, and 9 are considered lucky. 4 is the most unlucky number in China. As well as these general number superstitions, fengshui and the Chinese zodiac dictate different number luck for different places/people.

The Luckiest Number in China: 8

‘8’ is the most favored number in modern China due to its association with wealth and luck. The Chinese love this number both in trivial matters and in big moments. 8 is given the highest priority when buying a number plate or buying a house.

For example, an apartment on the eighth floor will be most coveted in that entire building. Or an address with the number 8 in it will be considered lucky. Car number plates containing 8 would be sold at higher prices than regular ones. Mobile numbers are preferred if they contain one or more 8s.

Broadly speaking, the number 8 is associated with wealth, success, and status.

Why 8 is Auspicious

8 is considered lucky and favored by Chinese because it holds meaning in both traditional and modern cultures.

(I) Traditional Taoism

In Taoist culture, 8 is associated with wholeness and completeness. According to I Ching (易经), the bagua (八卦), or the eight trigrams, are the foundation that generates everything.

The Eight Directions (Bafang 八方) represent the whole universe in Taoist spatial conception. These eight directions are also used to explain individual destiny, as in Bazi (八字), a Chinese fortune-telling method that depicts one’s life course according to the trigram of one’s date of birth.

(II) Modern Business

In modern China, ‘8’ is associated with wealth. ‘Eight’ (八) in Chinese is pronounced ‘ba’ and sounds similar to fa (发, trad. 發, i.e. facai 发财), meaning “well-off” or “getting rich in a short time”. Thus 8 is said to invite great wealth.

Associating ‘8’ with money is believed to have originated in Cantonese culture, especially in Hong Kong – a business hub – and soon became popular in other parts of China, as the country and its people pursued economic development, and attained material gains and profits.

Phrases or Expressions associated with 8

In the Chinese language, ‘8’ appears in many auspicious expressions, which are often a combination of the traditional and modern meanings of the number. For example:

  • “Bamian laicai.” (八面来財 ‘8 sides coming wealth’), for example, means wealth coming from all corners of the world.
  • “Bamian chunfeng” (八面春风 ‘8 sides spring wind’), i.e. spring wind from eight directions, expresses the wish that one gets luck wherever s/he goes, or whatever s/he is working on.
  • The characters 發春 (发春 fachun /faa chwnn/ ‘to develop (wealth) + spring’) are popularly displayed at Chinese New Year, expressing wishes for increasing wealth in the coming year.

Instances of Chinese Favoring 8

(I) The 2008 Olympics

Maybe the best example that shows how Chinese love the number 8 is the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The opening ceremony commenced exactly at 8 minutes and 8 seconds past 8 pm on the 8th August, the 8th month of the 8th year of the 21st century. This was in expectation of winning the most out of this global competition and gain success for the country.

(II) Birth Dates

Chinese couples also want to catch this number for their babies. In 2008, there were 170 million new-borns, 5 million more than 2007, making a record since early 1990s. Most of the babies were born around August (the 8th month). Many hope that the luck of number 8 will bring fortune to their children.

(III) Number Plates

Chinese’ fondness for 8 can be seen even in small things such as number plates. In 2014, two number plates with “8888” were sold for RMB 12 million and RMB 17.2 million separately in Zhengzhou and Shenzhen, an amazingly high price.

(IV) House Numbers, Phone Numbers, Wedding Dates.

In choosing houses (apartment or floor number), phone numbers, or dates of events such as weddings, engagements, etc. there is a high preference for numbers with 8 in them.

Tourist Attractions Associated with ‘8’

  • The most-visited Great Wall section is called Badaling – the ‘8 Great (Mountain) Ranges’.
  • The Eight Great Cuisines (八大菜 Ba Da Cai) are the cornerstones of China’s deep and varied food culture.
  • The Huangyaguan section of the Great Wall has an eight-sided maze like a Taoist bagua.
  • The word “pagoda” means ‘8-sided tower’ (八角塔 bajiaota) and there are many to see in China, including the very old Iron Pagoda in Kaifeng.
  • Bajiaozhai (八角寨) – ‘8-Sided Mountain Village’ is an area of Guilin famous for its attractive steep sandstone formations.

Other Lucky Numbers in China

While 8 is a very important lucky number, we cannot ignore the significance of other numbers, that are described below.

Even numbers

The number 2The Chinese strongly believe in harmony and balance, hence even numbers naturally gain preference over odd numbers. The number 0 is a whole number as well as an even one, especially for money, and is thus considered a lucky digit.

2 (两), pronounced er or liang, is considered to be lucky as the Chinese believe that all good things come in pairs. This is observed in repeated characters in some brand names or gifts.

The number 3

3 (三), pronounced san, is considered lucky due to its similarity in sound to the word that means birth. Additionally, this number represents the three stages in the life of humans – birth, marriage, death – that adds to its importance in Chinese culture.

The number 5

5 (五), pronounced wu, is associated with the five elements – earth, water, fire, wood, metal – which is regarded as the basis of the world in ancient Chinese culture and was associated with the Chinese emperor. This number has more of a historic significance.

An instance is the Tiananmen Gate which is the main entry to the Forbidden City. This gate contains 5 arches. In Chinese history, the number 5 is used in many classifications, such as five flavors (pungent, sweet, sour, salty, bitter), five sacred mountains (Huashan, Hengshan in Hunan, Hengshan in Shanxi, Songshan and Taishan) and so on.

The number 6

6 (六), pronounced liu, is considered lucky as it sounds like the word that means ‘to flow’, and can indicate smooth progress in life. It also means well-off. Similar to 8, 6 is preferred in number plates and phone numbers. When a couple gets engaged, the man customarily offers a gift to the girl’s family which is usually money (RMB 6,666 and such) and this gift signifies a harmonious life for the couple.

If a person is to celebrate their 66th birthday, that is a grand occasion. In business, 6 is considered lucky. New ventures or contracts are signed on dates that have 6 in them.

The number 7

7 (七), pronounced qi/ chi, is a number that symbolizes togetherness and harmony as its is considered to be the union of yin, yang and the five elements (described above) in Confucianism.

The number 9

9 (久), pronounced jiu, is a popular number, much like 6 and 8. It is similar to the word that means everlasting. It is common to gift your beloved 99 roses on Valentine’s Day in China. 9 is the highest single digit number and hence represents completeness.

This made it very popular with Emperors who used it in many aspects of their administration, right from dividing the empire into 9 continents, wearing nine-dragon imperial robes, nine-rank system for officials, etc. In Chinese mythology, it is said that the Dragon has 9 children.

The Five Element Theory and Lucky Fengshui Numbers

For good fengshui, you can read more about China’s Five Element Philosophy and the significant numbers associated with each element: wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

Unlucky Numbers in China

The above captures all you should know about lucky numbers. However, we should be mindful of some unlucky numbers as well when in China.

Unlucky 4

While only a few numbers are considered unlucky in China, the number 4 is the most unlucky as it rhymes with the word that means death.

Interestingly, you will notice this in building elevators which usually omit this number. Here’s an image of the elevator for even-numbered floors where number 4 is not mentioned at all.

To add, gifting money or any object that has the digit 4 (40 or 14 RMB) associated with it is considered inauspicious. This factor cascades down to the way products are priced in China as opposed to other countries and the cash amounts presented in red envelopes and other forms of gifting.

Unlucky 3

The number 3 can be unlucky as well depending on the situation and use. For example, gifting to friends or to couples seldom contains the number 3 in any form of association. Three is pronounced ‘san‘ which is similar to the word that means ‘to part ways’.

Insulting 250

The number 250 is another set of digits that is used as an insult to call someone foolish or mock their intelligence in informal language. 二百五 (èr bǎi wǔ) is the literal way to say 250 in Chinese but people instead say ‘lǐang bǎi wǔ’. 250 is half a jin so is equated with ‘half brain’.

The Chinese Zodiac and Lucky/Unlucky Numbers

While we have covered all the Chinese Zodiac signs in more detail, in this piece, we want to leave you with the numeric significance for each sign – read on and see which are your lucky colors and which aren’t.

For lucky numbers, even if the numbers are a combination of the lucky digits stated below, it is deemed to be lucky for the respective zodiac.

Lucky numbers: 2, 3

Unlucky numbers: 5, 9

Lucky numbers: 1, 4

Unlucky numbers: 5, 6

Tiger

Lucky numbers: 1, 3, 4

Unlucky numbers: 6, 7, 8

Rabbit

Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 6

Unlucky numbers: 1, 7, 8

Dragon

Lucky numbers: 1, 6, 7

Unlucky numbers: 3, 8

Snake

Lucky numbers: 2, 8, 9

Unlucky numbers: 1, 6, 7

Horse

Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 7

Unlucky numbers: 1, 5, 6

Lucky numbers: 2, 7

Unlucky numbers: 4, 9

Monkey

Lucky numbers: 4, 9

Unlucky numbers: 2, 7

Rooster

Lucky numbers: 5, 7, 8

Unlucky numbers: 1, 3, 9

Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9

Unlucky numbers: 1, 6, 7

Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 8

Unlucky numbers: 1, 7

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8 is the luckiest number in China. 6, 9, and others are also lucky. 4 is very unlucky. Cultural meanings, fengshui, and the zodiac dictate number luck.

Angel Number 27 – Meaning and Symbolism

Have you ever noticed a specific number that started appearing on different places, at different time, but somehow it seems like it haunts you with its presence?

You should be aware that this is not a coincidence, even if it may seem so. Every number in our presence is connected to us somehow, and we need to be aware of their significance in our lives.

That’s why angels are there to help us and guide us even if we feel like we don’t need their help. They are here to help us to reach what we need to be happy and satisfied in our lives. Without them, our life wouldn’t have a purpose.

Every angel keeps appearing in our life at a specific time, knowing we need their help. That is how angel number 27 crawls into your life path, indirectly showing you the way you need to go and the things you need to see in order to fulfill your destiny.

To help you understand more about Angel Number 27 and the way it manifests into your life, we will try to explain in this article what is the secret meaning and symbolism of number 27, as well as its connection with your love life and what to do when you see number 27 appearing all around you.

Angel 27 – What does it mean?

Whenever angels appear, they carry a certain information, deeply seeded within the signs you need to read. Angel number 27 channels a certain message from your angels regarding the next step in your life. This angel wants you to embrace the new chapter in your life, which carries a positive meaning. That means that if you have been feeling like something good is going to happen to you- you are probably right!

The angel number 27 is trying to tell you to listen to your own intuition and accept angel’s guidance for your own good.

Your angels want you to listen to your heart and step forward with a lot self-confidence, because without that, you wouldn’t be able to move forward into the next chapter of your life. The key is to believe in yourself, and be confident about new things that will come along. They are trying to tell you to think positive- and positive things will happen!

The Secret Meaning and Symbolism

Have you ever felt like good things just won’t come along in your life? As if your angels have forgotten you? You should be aware that this is not true, although it is a part of human nature to doubt in angels and their power.

However, there must be a reason that nothing positive is happening at this period of time. The angel number 27 wants you to get rid off negativity in your life, and trust that nothing bad can happen to you.

After all, you are protected by your angels. Everything that happens in your life happens for a reason, even if you don’t see it at the moment. Shifting your perspective and relying on the guidance of your angels will help you re-discover your true calling in this life.

Number 27 and Love

Number 27 is deeply connected with your love interest. If you are having troubles in your relationship, or you just feel like you need to work on your marriage, you should know that the meaning of this number indicates some serious changes in your love life.

That’s why it is very important to work on your relationship with your partner. Communication is the key of knowing exactly what your partner wants and desires. Romance is on the rise!

The most important thing, however, is to firstly love yourself. If you don’t grow love and respect for yourself, then your partner will feel that and it might create conflicts in your relationship. That’s you need to find the voice within that shows you how to love yourself first, in order to show your partner that you are a person of integrity.

Interesting facts about number 27

Once you start interpreting numbers around you, you will feel closer to your guardian angels and you will be able to slowly read the signs they are trying to show you. That is a true gesture of their love, guidance and help.

It is interesting that in our ancient history, Chaldean Numerology is known as one of the first numerologies in the world. Analyzing patents of planets and universe, they believed numerology will help them in understanding their destiny. One of the supreme numbers in their numerology is number 27. They believed that this number may give a person the highest Siddhi (or, a spiritual gift), also known as Gnana Sidhi or Gyan Siddhi, which means that this person has the highest wisdom, without having to search for love from others. They believed that the soul will find true love within itself.

In numerology, number 27 is blended out of energies of two numbers – number 2 and number 7. Now let’s see what are those numbers trying to tell us !

Number 2 – Says that you should stay optimistic and keep a positive attitude towards life. That way, good things will come along the way.

Number 7 – Symbolizes good luck and true magic! New doors are opening for you if you only keep your positive perspective!

What to do when you see number 27?

If you feel like you’ve been seeing number 27 everywhere lately, it probably means you have. The angel number 27 is trying to tell you to stop worrying about the future! Never look back! You have brand new opportunities in front of you, you just need to enthusiastically look for them!

Keeping the positive attitude is the key to success; without that, you’ll miss out on many good things ahead of you.

The angel 27 is recommending you to surround yourself with positive people who will be very supportive of new things going on in your life. Try to cutting the negative people out of your life, in order to avoid negative critics that might shatter your confidence.

Your angels are always recommending you to be kind and respectful. You need to ask yourself if you want people to treat you the same way you treat them. If the answer is no, it means you need to change something in your life. Always remember that angels are there to warn you be more aware of the people you are surrounded with.

Remember that the key to understanding number 27 is the key to understanding your true self. That’s why you need to love yourself first in order to show love to others.

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