Chinese characters usually have one or more meanings and some of
them are particularly loved by Chinese people. Here is the top
ten list of the lucky ones. Please note Pinyin is also used
here, which is the Chinese spelling system for the characters.
For example, fu is the pinyin for good luck in Chinese. But fu
is only the phonic part of the character and it also represents
other Chinese characters that sound the same.
1.) Fu - Blessing, Good Fortune, Good Luck
Fu is one of the most popular Chinese characters used in Chinese
New Year. It is often posted upside down on the front door of a
house or an apartment. The upside down fu means good luck came
since the character for upsite down in Chinese sounds the same
as the character for came.
2.) Lu - Prosperity
It used to mean official's salary in feudal China. Fengshui is
believed to be the Chinese way to health, wealth and happiness.
If you are interested in Fengshui, you may check out the book
'The Feng Shui Kit.'
3.) Shou - Longevity
Shou also means life, age or birthday.
4.) Xi - Happiness
Double happiness is usually posted everywhere on Chinese
5.) Cai - wealth, money
Chinese often say money can make a ghost turn a millstone. It is
to say money really can do a lot of things.
6.) He - harmonious
'People harmony' is an important part of Chinese culture. When
you have relations with others, things will be a lot easier for
7.) Ai - love, affection
Don't need to say any more about this one. Just want to point
out ai is often used with 'mianzi' together. Aimianzi means 'be
concerned about one's face-saving.'
8.) Mei - beautiful, pretty
The United States of American is called Mei Guo in the short
form. Guo means country so Meiguo is a good name.
9.) Ji - lucky, auspicious, propitious
Hope all is well.
10.) De - virtue, moral
De means virtue, moral, heart, mind, and kindness, etc. It is
also used in the name for Germany, i.e., De Guo.