Archive for June, 2011

What colors mean in China

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

What colors mean in China

In ancient China,there were five primary colors: red black green white yellow.

The power of the number : The number 14

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The unluckiest number of all is the number 14, because it sounds like” yao si” (want to die) in Mandarin and “sut se” (bound to die) in Cantonese.

Some hotels in western cities such as New York and London have no 13th floor because 13 is an unlucky number in the West. I once stayed on the 20th floor of a hotel in Hong Kong that combined East and West—the 4th, 13th and 14th floors were all missing. The so-called 20th floor was actually the 17th floor.

The Power of Number: The Number Six

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The number 6 is also considered lucky in China. The word for 6 sounds like a word “Liu” that means `flowing freely’ or`everything will go smoothly’. Because of this, the number 666 is considered one of the luckiest numbers in Chinese culture. It is often displayed in shop windows and neon signs. License plate AW6666 was recently sold for $272,000 yuan (US$34,000) in an auction to an anonymous bidder in Guanzhou.

The Power of Number: The number Eight (Cont’d)

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Many Chinese people pay huge sums of money to buy lucky numbers for their license plate, telephone number,and home address. In Chengdu, the telephone number 8888-8888 sold for more than US$250,000. Someone in Hangzhou offered to sell his license plate A88888 for over one million yuan.