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Numbers and meanings in China

2018-March-21       Source: Newsgd.com

In Chinese culture, numbers are believed to bring good luck or misfortune to their life.

2 - 二èr

In the Chinese way of thought number 2 suggests harmonious existence and reproduction of good things such as happiness, joy, and luck. There is a Chinese saying: "good things come in pairs". But on the flipside, in some areas of China, people use the number two (èr) to describe someone is stupid and reckless which is the antonymous to the first meaning.

3 - 三sān

The number 3 is greatly used through China's culture, history and modern society. Many major ground breaking events in China happened in three's leading some to believe 3 most be a heavenly number linked to prosperity and success. This lucky number is said to sound similar to the character of "birth" (生 shēng). For a person's life, there are three very important stages: birth, marriage and death. Birth is a stage of new beginnings and of course new possibilities with favorable outcomes.

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Editor: Keane Wong

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