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 lucky numbers combination 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.

What Are the Lucky Numbers in China?

Number 8

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.

Number 2

As the no. 2 usually suggests germination and harmony, decorations in China are invariably set out in pairs, such as a pair of red candles, a pair of pillows, and couplets hung on two sides of the door.

Number 6

No. 6, pronounced as 'Liu', conveys indirectly its homophony's meaning – Do everything smoothly.

Number 3

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.

Number 7

Whilst no.7 implies holiness and mystery in Buddhism, it is lucky as well. So, there are seven-storied Stupas everywhere.

Number 9

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'.

Chinese Lucky Numbers Combination


19 sounds like “forever” in Chinese, and 8 means “make a fortune”.


The pronunciation of 13 is similar to “a lifetime”, 6 in Chinese represents smooth.

1314 & 3344

The pronunciation sounds like “a whole life” and “forever” in Chinese. They are often used by lovers to express their forever love to each other.

366, 666, 888 & 1666

These are the lucky number for Chinese New Year, or specifically the quantity of cash Chinese usually put in the Red Envelope. It is a blessing from the elders to the younger generation, which hopes that they will have a smooth journey in life.

Chinese Zodiac Lucky Numbers

Chinese Zodiac Lucky Numbers
Rat 2, 3
Ox 1, 9
Tiger 1, 3, 4
Rabbit 3, 4, 9
Dragon 1, 6, 7
Snake 2, 8, 9
Horse 2, 3, 7
Sheep 3, 4, 9
Monkey 1, 7, 8
Rooster 5, 7, 8
Dog 3, 4, 9
Pig 2, 5, 8

 See more about Chinese Zodiac 

What Numbers Do Chinese not Like? - Unlucky Numbers in China, 4 & 14

No. 4 is the exception to the even number rule. Why is the number 4 bad luck in Chinese? Because 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.

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.

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    - Last updated on Apr. 23, 2023 -
    Questions & Answers on Lucky Numbers in China
    Asked by Poppy from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 11, 2023 00:20Reply
    Birth Luck
    My son was born on September 14th 2021 at 1:40pm in Sydney, Australia.
    He has a lot of number 4's in his birthday. Will he have any luck in life?
    Answers (2)
    Answered by Andrew | Sep. 12, 2023 02:11

    Don't worry, his birth dates doesn't affect a lot his luck and he can surely meet many lucky things.
    Answered by caligula | Sep. 18, 2023 21:09

    He's lucky he has you as his momma
    Asked by Shufai from THE NETHERLANDS | Apr. 21, 2023 08:15Reply
    Gregorian month in 2023 converted into chinese lunar month.
    Which Gregorian month in 2023 is 4th & 26th of any chinese lunar month? Also which is 2nd, 5th and 11th?
    Thanks in advance.
    Answers (1)
    Answered by Bella | Apr. 23, 2023 18:28

    I cannot understand what you want, sorry for that. But there is a Gregorian-Chinese Calendar Converter on this page:
    Hope it helpful~
    Asked by Rose from CANADA | Mar. 21, 2023 10:56Reply
    Is 2024/08/18 a good date to get married?
    Note that the time zone we are in, the wedding will actually be 2024/08/19 in China (Which is a full moon)
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    Answered by Vicky | Mar. 21, 2023 20:22

    It's July 15th in Chinese lunar calendar, the so-called ghost festival in folk customs, not a good day for wedding ceremony.
    Asked by Thanh phan from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 25, 2022 04:22Reply
    Any lucky on my driving test
    I have the driving test on 2/8/2022, do I have any luck to pass the test.
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    Answered by Chang | Jul. 26, 2022 00:34

    It is predicted to be a lucky day to pass the driving test. Keep calm and drive intently.
    Answered by Maylin buale | Sep. 14, 2022 09:32

    Luky number born May 5 1986
    Asked by Laura from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 26, 2021 05:59Reply
    luck no's
    Please provide 6 numbers now for Chinese snake
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    Answered by Aaliyah | Nov. 01, 2021 11:40

    2, 8, 9
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