Wednesday 11th April

Eight Chinese superstitions you have probably never heard of

The Chinese are the experts when it comes to luck, so what traditions and superstitions do they adhere to make them lucky?

When it comes to luck and fortune, there is no culture that delves more into it than that of the Chinese. China is so entrenched in a culture that they believe luck can be made in many ways. They have tales and folklore of luck in the thousands.
We’ve narrowed it down to eight. Why? Well, you’ll soon find out.

Beards are bad

When you think about it, you don't often see a Chinese man with a beard. That is because the Chinese believe that one should keep a well-shaven face. At the very least, a moustache should be well-trimmed. It's another Chinese superstition as they believe any facial hair that looks shabby is considered bad luck.

Look away from the north

Even when it comes to designing the family home, the Chinese are superstitious. They believe that the building should not face the North as it would bring bad fortune to the family.

Age really is a number

You won't see too many cougars or ‘cradle snatchers’ in China as the superstition among the culture is that if you marry a person who is either three or six years (unlucky numbers) older or younger will bring bad luck to the couple. As if being single and ready to mingle wasn't already hard enough?

Turn down the turtles

The poor old turtle isn't looked well up on in Chinese superstition. They believe that if a turtle is kept as a pet, it will ruin the home owner's business and fortune. They say it will slow the person's business down. Have they not read the story of the hair and the tortoise?

Long noodles

Chinese superstition doesn’t stop at the dinner table either. Ever eaten Chinese noodle and noticed every piece is as long as your arm? That is because the popular belief uncut noodles in soup will increase longevity. If noodles are cut it will ‘cut the longevity’.

Lucky 8’s

Probably the most famous superstition in China is their love of the number 8 *link number 8 story*. The reason the Chinese believe the number 8 is so lucky is because the way they say the number 'eight' and the pronunciation of the word for ‘prosperity’ in Chinese are very similar. The number 8 has so much value in China that if a house number or the registration number of a car has the 8 as a number, they believe it is a lucky sign. But of course, some believe you can buy luck so people will pay big amounts of cash to get an 8 for their car licence plate or their house number.

Unlucky 4’s

On the flip side of Chinese superstition, the number four is considered to be unlucky and the number is avoided for vehicles and houses. The reason is that the number four in Chinese has the pronunciation that is similar to the word for 'death'.

Other lucky numbers

As well as eight, Chinese superstitions say that the numbers 88, 18, 13 and 168 are also lucky. So these numbers are also well sought after in the housing market.

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