Chinese superstitions and numbers

Many Chinese people are superstitious about numbers. The number 4 in Chinese rhymes with “death” or “failure.” Many people try very hard to not have their house numbers or telephone numbers to contain the numeral 4. And the number 14 is worse. The Chinese for 14 rhymes with “sure to fail, sure to die.”

The numbers 3 and 8 are good numbers. The number 3 in Chinese rhymes with “growth,” which is therefore very welcome to business people. The number 8 rhymes with the Chinese word for “prosperity.” The number 168 reads in Chinese to sound like “forever prosperous,” a definite crowd pleaser. It is not an accident that the telephone number of the Hyatt Hotel in China is: 888-8888.