In Chinese culture, superstitions are a part of everyday life. Like any other culture around the world, some traditional Chinese superstitions may seem strange, but they hold significant value.

For example, one of the most common superstitions is around the numbers four and eight. “Four” (四 sì) is a homophone for the word “death” (死 sǐ) in Chinese. “Eight” (八 bā) on the other hand sounds like the word for “wealth” (发 fā).

Thus many people believe the number four brings bad luck while the number eight brings good luck. This is a common superstition.

But there are plenty of others that are uncommon that you may have never heard of. Here are a few lesser known traditional Chinese superstitions!



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Amie Lin

Amie Lin is currently attending Hunter College double majoring in Mandarin and Media Studies. She is such a foodie and loves Chinese dramas.