Description: The number four, and all numbers with the digit 4 in them (14, 24, 34, 40-49, etcetera) are unlucky in Chinese belief.
Origin: Ancient China
The Chinese aversion for the number 4 far exceeds typical Western concern about the number 13. A hotel in New York might have no 13th floor, but a hotel in Hong Kong will have no 4th, no 14th, no 24th, no 34th, or anything from floors 40 to 49. The superstition comes from the word for the number 4 in Chinese, which sounds the same as the word for death.
The number 14 is considered to be one of the unluckiest numbers in China because it can sound like 'want to die' or 'die for sure'. But the number thirteen is comparatively lucky in Chinese because it sounds like to 'definitely living.'
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
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