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.

 See detailed description of different numbers:
Number 1 Number 2 Number 3
Number 4 Number 5 Number 6
Number 7 Number 8 Number 9

    - Last modified on May. 22, 2019 -
    Questions & Answers on Lucky Numbers in China
    Asked by Suzarne Tartak from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 15, 2019 00:57Reply
    what are the lucky numbers for 10/3/1955, 8/2/1989, 16/101985,7/5/1993,28/10,1952??Please
    Answers (1)
    Answered by Charlotte from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 17, 2019 01:50

    For people born in 1995: 2, 5, 8
    For people born in 1989: 2, 8, 9
    For people born in 1985: 1, 9
    For people born in 1993: 5, 7, 8
    For people born in 1952: 1, 6, 7

    Hope helpful!
    Asked by Rhea Semic from PHILIPPINES | Jun. 12, 2019 21:19Reply
    What is the meaning of my Birthdate, August 17, 1979.. Would I be successful in life.. thank you
    Answers (1)
    Answered by Madelyn from SINGAPORE | Jun. 17, 2019 01:47

    Generally speaking, 2019 will be a favorable year for you. It is predicted that you may have several great progresses at work. You are suggested to keep the modest attitude towards people around. In this way, you may get some chances for promotion.
    Asked by Jyothi Mohanan from INDIA | Jun. 12, 2019 07:48Reply
    born on 3 August 1963 what is my lucky number
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    Answered by Riley from GERMANY | Jun. 17, 2019 01:44

    You are born with Rabbit sign. The lucky nos. are 3, 4 and 9.
    Asked by Adolf from DEUTCH | Jun. 09, 2019 04:07Reply
    What are our lucky number? I was birth 9.11.1945, Her 20.6. 76
    Thank you
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    Answered by Daniel from CANADA | Jun. 09, 2019 23:24

    Your lucky ones are 5, 7, 8.
    Her lucky ones are 1, 6, 7.
    Asked by Kathleen briones from PHILIPPINES | Jun. 09, 2019 02:46Reply
    I was born Oct 5 1995 . what are my lucky numbers
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    Answered by William from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 09, 2019 23:23

    You are born with Chinese zodiac Pig sign. No. 2, 5 and 8 can bring you some good luck.
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