We learned that to the Chinese, 8 is an auspicious number. On the other hand, 4 reminds them of death.
四 4 사
The US Treasury department has come out with a product called “Prosperity Notes” with four number eights in a row in their serial numbers — a sign of luck to many people of Asian descent. There are no number 4’s in the serial numbers.
The Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing says it has sold over 70,000 such “prosperity notes” to people around the world. For the $5.95, customers get their bills mounted in a red cardboard envelope decorated with Chinese characters and the words, “Lucky Money.”
Below for review are the Mandarin Chinese numbers 1 – 10 with their pinyin.
yī 一one, èr 二two, sān 三three, sì 四four, wǔ 五five, liù 六six, qī 七seven, bā 八eight, jiǔ 九nine, shí 十ten