2008 Beijing Olympics on 08/08/08

Do you know why 2008 Beijing Olympics starts on 08/08/2008 at 08:08:08 p.m.?

You might know that Chinese believe that 8 is lucky. But why 8 is a lucky number? This is from the theory of Chinese I-Ching Numerology.

The Numerology contains 81 Oracle Numbers, which contain 35 lucky numbers, 36 unlucky numbers and 10 fair numbers. The lucky numbers includes 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 15, 16 etc. Therefore, we know 8 is a lucky numbers.

The other reason is from Feng Shui Purple-White 9 Flying Stars. Flying Stars are White 1, Black 2, Green 3, Green 4, Brown 5, White 6, Red 7, White 8 and Purple 9.

Green 3, Green 4, Brown 5 and Red 7 are unlucky stars. White 1, Black 2, White 6, White 8 and Purple 9 are lucky stars. Since Black 2 is in Yin (Dark) side and Chinese don't like the color of black. Also, 8 is pronounced as "ba" in Chinese and close to 'fa' in Cantonese (Hong Kong). Fa is the same sound as prosperity. 9 is pronounced as "jo", which means long long time. In Feng Shui, therefore, Chinese like to use 1, 6, 8 and 9 as the auspicious numbers to enhance their luck.

Now you should know why many telephone numbers of Chinese business companies contain more than one 8. You should know the automobile license plate number 168 or 888 can sell for millions dollar in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Chinese consider the street number when looking for their homes. Many Chinese gamblers believe the power of 1,6 and 8.