Facts about China: SUPERSTITIONS

China Mike’s 100% verified, no B.S. China facts (interesting & fun statistics):

More than 1 in 3 Chinese people believe in fortune telling.
[ Chicago Tribune “As China hurtles forward, fortune tellers point way” Oct. 4, 2007; Xinhua news “Chinese Scientists are Against Fortune Telling” ]

Chinese fortune teller in Hong Kong's Temple Street

In 2007, Chinese mothers stampeded maternity wards during the “Year of the Golden Pig”, considered an auspicious year that is also associated with fertility. 2007 was the first year in six decades that the “Year of the Pig” was astrologically associated with “gold”, which supposedly “double blesses” new babies.
[ The New York Times “An Asian Baby Boom, in the Year of the Pig” Sept. 3, 2008; The Telegraph UK “Chinese wards buckle under baby boom”]

The number 4 is the unluckiest Chinese number because it sounds like the word for “death”. Many buildings in China don’t have a 4th floor; some skip any floors with the number, such as 14, 24, 34 and all 40–49 floors.
[ Wikipedia “Numbers in Chinese culture” ]

The number 8 is the luckiest Chinese number because it sounds like the word for “wealth”. 88 is considered particularly lucky because it symbolized the “double happiness” characters.
[ Wikipedia “Numbers in Chinese culture” ]

The Beijing Olympic opening ceremony started exactly at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8pm on August 8, 2008.
[ Wikipedia “Numbers in Chinese culture” ]

9,000 Chinese couples got married on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, more than doubling the previous single-day marriage record.
[ USA Today “9,000 Chinese couples to wed on lucky date” Aug. 5, 2008 ]

At a 2010 government auction, a car license plate featuring the lucky number 8 was sold for a record-breaking 1.314 million yuan (US$197,540).The plate — A8888Q — was reportedly worth more than the bidding winner’s imported luxury car.
[Want China Times “Lucky Number Plate Sells for 1.3m Yuan in Guangzhou” Oct. 22, 2010 ]

The number 3 is also considered lucky. In 2004, a Beijing man paid US$215,000 for his lucky cell phone number: 133-3333-3333.
[ MSNBC News “Man pays $215,000 for lucky phone number” Nov. 6, 2004 ]

“666” is a lucky number in China.
[ “China: Asia in Focus”, R. LaFleur 2010]


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