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China's number superstitions

Updated: 2014-05-15 07:58 (bbs.chinadaily.com.cn)

Editor’s Note: The Chinese language is characterized by an abundance of homonyms, which has resulted in some words being viewed as having positive or negative connotations according to their homonymic meanings. Here are certain numbers, shared by one of our bloggers, claudeckenni, which are believed to be auspicious and inauspicious based on what the number sounds similar to. Please join the discussion.

0 - Zero (Líng)

Zero is a neutral number and doesn't have any special meaning. But because the pronunciation "Líng" sounds similar to "Nǐ" (you, informal) or "Nín" (you, courteous), so this zero number is often associated with "Nǐ" or "Nín".

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