Chinese phone number with 'auspicious' string of digits sold for $300,000

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 16, 2020, 07:09 PM(IST)

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Number '8' in China is considered auspicious as the word "eight" in Mandarin sounds similar to the word for "prosperity" and the number ends in five eights.

A Chinese mobile phone number has been sold for a whopping 2.25 million yuan ($300,000) in an online auction. The high price tag for the number was for the right to use the apparently auspicious string of digits.

Number '8' in China is considered auspicious as the word "eight" in Mandarin sounds similar to the word for "prosperity" and the number ends in five eights.

The number was among assets seized and ordered auctioned by a court in Beijing, and an online sale attracted more than five thousand bids between Saturday and Sunday. 

Many Chinese phone users have paid a premium amount to companies for combinations of digits considered lucky.

Number 8 is considered so lucky that the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing started officially at eight minutes past eight on the eighth day of August, the eighth month.

The number four, which in Mandarin sounds similar to "death", is least favoured.

The winner of Sunday's auction paid 400 yuan to join the action and has ten days to come up with the remaining sum.

In 2017, a phone number with eight sevens was sold for a record 3.91 million yuan at an online auction.

Seven sounds like "arise" or "life essence" and is considered a good number of relationships.

(Inputs from AFP)

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