Chinese lucky numbers

Chinese Lucky Numbers and Unlucky Numbers

We all know that there are Chinese lucky numbers and the unlucky ones that applies to a whole lot of situations and emblems. But when interpreting the meaning the meanings of the numbers, bear in mind that it is important to know that the meanings differ in different regions and also depending on the dialect.

In Feng Shui, all even numbers (2,4,6…) are counted as Ying and all uneven numbers (1,3,5,…) as Yang. Let’s start to decipher the Chinese lucky numbers and unlucky numbers one by one now.


In the Eastern or Chinese culture, the number one stands for loneliness and back luck, for authority. But one is also a symbolic number that represent the highest, the most superior. One is assigned to heaven


Two is being considered as a positive number and stands for union (yin and yang) of opposites and reciprocal trust. Its pronunciation (in Cantonese) sounds much like the word “simple” – implying that we can get what we hope for easily. Two is assigned to Earth.


Three is also considered as a positive and meaningful number as its pronounced as “lively”, thus the attributes of growth and eternity are linked to this number. A favourite magical Feng Shui symbol comprises of placing three coins under a healthy plant in order to nourish wealth. Three is assigned to human beings.


In the East, four is being labelled as the most negative number and to be avoided at all cost because the pronunciation of “four” sounds like the word “death”.

Some number combinations to avoid

24: It is easy to die

74: Go and die


Five is a positive and also a neutral number. In the world of Feng Shui, it is a mystical number, for instance it represent the phases of transformation (Five elements) and of the directions (north, south,east, west and center). But in some Chinese Feng Shui tradition, this is a number to avoid because the pronunciation sounds like “nothing”


Six is the number for good luck and also a symbol of prosperity, wealth and abundance.  It is being pronounced much like the word for “rolling” or “in movement”, that means it provide good conditions for moving towards wealth and abundance.


Seven is considered as a holy number as its pronunciation sound like the word “certain”, which give special meaning to certain numbers.

Number Combinations:

78 – Becoming is a certainty

74 – Dying is a certainty


This is a number that everyone loves and in Feng Shui, eight is the ultimate number of good luck because it pronunciation sound like “blossoming”, “growing” or “wealth”. Eight embodies the order in nature – in the eight trigrams or the eight directions of the compass. Eight is always a favourite for house and mobile phone number, as well as car license plate too.

Number combinations 

28: Getting rich is easy and fast

168: Getting rich all the way


Nine is the number that stands for “long life”, because when pronounced in Chinese, it sounds like “longevity”. Nine is also considered as an auspicious number and is another favourite for number combinations.

Number combinations :

289: It is easy to have wealth for a long time

99999: Infinity (multiple longevity)

After knowing the Chinese Lucky Numbers and Unlucky numbers, will you use it for your car, house or any other important part of your life?




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