Tetraphobia- What Is it?

I never knew about tetraphobia till I moved to Hong Kong.  Tetraphobia is the fear of the number four.  It comes from the Greek words tetras (four) and phobos (fear).  

The reason Chinese people are afraid of the number 4 is because the Chinese word for four sounds very similar to the word for death. 

Because of tetraphobia most apartment buildings in Hong Kong do not have a fourth floor. In one building where we lived we were on the 15th floor but really it was only the 12th floor, since there was no fourth floor or fourteenth floor. Because many Western people  lived in our building the managers in deference to them, had also omitted  floor 13  since in western cultures the number 13  is considered unlucky. 

So our apartment was on the 15th floor but it was only 12 levels up from the lobby. Confusing? It really wasn’t. 

Christmas in Hong Kong

Frogs That Bellow Like Cows in Hong Kong

Leave a comment

Filed under China, Culture, Hong Kong

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s