Lucky Numbers in China

Numbers have always played a significant role in Chinese culture. People in China traditionally associate fortune with lucky numbers. Thus, there came a system of lucky numbers on their own way. It is undeniable that numbers differ from auspicious and ominous. So, Chinese take auspicious numbers into important consideration in daily life, such as in occasions when they buy residences, choose telephone numbers, select a date of a wedding ceremony, and pick an identification number for their vehicle. They believe lucky numbers can bring them good luck.

In China, it is customary to regard even numbers as being more auspicious than odd ones. So, gifts are given in even numbers for the celebration of all occasions. No. 8 has long been regarded as the luckiest number in Chinese culture. With pronunciation of 'Ba' in Chinese, no. 8 sounds similar to the word 'Fa', which means to make a fortune. It contains meanings of prosperity, success and high social status too, so all business men favor it very much. Moreover, in some areas of China, people prefer to pay much more money for a telephone number with 8 in it. They also favor residences on the eighth floor of buildings. In 1990s, a vehicle identification number with 8 was once auctioned off for 5 million Hong Kong dollars.

As the no. 2 usually suggests germination and harmony, decorations in China are invariably setout in pairs, such as a pair of red candles, a pair of pillows, and couplets hung on two sides of the door. No. 6, pronounced as 'Liu', conveys indirectly its homophony's meaning – Do everything smoothly. However, no. 4 is the exception to the even number rule as it sounds like 'Si' (death) in Chinese. Just like some westerners hate no. 13, Chinese avoid number 4 and no.14 when they choose phone numbers, room numbers or select date of ceremonies.

For odd numbers, no. 3 indicates multiples. In Buddhist culture, it represents Buddha, Dharma and Bonze, so people toll the bell three times to worship Buddha and pray for the removal of calamities with 3 sticks of incense. Whilst no.7 implies holiness and mystery in Buddhism, it is lucky as well. So, there are seven-storied Stupas everywhere. No. 9 in Chinese culture means longevity and eternality. Thus, there were 9,999 rooms within the Forbidden City in Beijing. It is also a tradition between lovers to send 99, or 999 roses, which carry the best wishes for 'everlasting love'.

Beside the notions above, each number has their unique meaning and significance. There is no exception to this in modern or ancient times, in culture of China or elsewhere around all over the world. Every person is a universe onto himself, but as the analysis for astrological signs in Western culture, Chinese do follow their own tradition to generalize person's character by analyzing their lucky numbers.

See detailed description of different luncky numbers:

 Number 1  Number 2  Number 3
 Number 4  Number 5  Number 6
 Number 7  Number 8  Number 9

- Last modified on Apr. 15, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Lucky Numbers in China
Asked by rupert from JAMAICA | Apr. 13, 2019 12:09Reply
my date of birth is august 9,1959 what is my lucky number
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Answered by Banner from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 15, 2019 00:20
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It's 2, 5 and 8.
Asked by Dan from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 10, 2019 20:15Reply
Is 1,438,000 a lucky number when you buy House ?
What numbers between 1,400,000 and 1,438,000 would be considered lucky in Chinese culture when you buy a house ?
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Answered by Amy from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 11, 2019 18:32
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Generally, 6 and 8 are the luckiest numbers in Chinese culture and you can choose one containing these two numbers.
Asked by K from USA | Apr. 06, 2019 17:23Reply
Is the number 1381 good?
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Answered by Dylan from NEW ZEALAND | Apr. 08, 2019 00:54
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It depends on the zodiacs. May I know your Chinese zodiac?
Asked by Rona from JAPAN | Apr. 06, 2019 08:34Reply
Hi I was born March 23, 1981, female rooster. Can you please tell me my lucky numbers and why?
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Answered by Helen from CANADA | Apr. 08, 2019 00:50
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Your lucky numbers are 5, 7 and 8. It is according to your Chinese zodiac and I'm not very clear why.
Asked by Senzeni Mahlangu from SOUTH AFRICA | Mar. 28, 2019 05:00Reply
My D.O.B is 19 March 1982, what are my lucky numbers?
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Answered by Polly from NETHERLANDS | Mar. 28, 2019 18:43
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The auspicious numbers are 3, 4 and 9.
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