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Selling Lucky Telephone Numbers in Shanghai

 

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“13661588868”
“I want to bring forth wealth, wealth! I want fortune, fortune, fortuuunnneeee to arise! Let fortune flow!”

While going through images on my office computer, I found some photos I shot in Shanghai quite a few years ago that I should post here to share. Following up on previous posts about lucky red sashes on cars in Shenyang and avoiding unlucky floor numbers in a hotel in Chengdu I thought I should post some of the images of this young man selling lucky telephone numbers. I just discovered that Wikipedia has a very nice page detailing why specific numbers are lucky in China, so I don’t need to take time to summarize them here.

 

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