Humanities › History & Culture 10 Chinese Good Luck Symbols Share Flipboard Email Print Michael Coghlan/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 History & Culture Asian History East Asia Basics Figures & Events Southeast Asia South Asia Middle East Central Asia Asian Wars and Battles American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture European History Genealogy Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Charles Custer Journalist and Documentarian B.A., East Asian Studies, Brown University Charlie Custer is a writer, editor, and video producer focusing on China. He directed a documentary film about human trafficking in China. our editorial process Charles Custer Updated February 28, 2019 Chinese characters usually have one or more meanings and some of them are particularly loved by Chinese people. As you review this Top 10 list of the lucky ones, please note Pinyin is also used here, which is the Chinese spelling system for the characters. Fu, for example, 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. 01 of 10 Fu - Blessing, Good Fortune, Good Luck If you've ever celebrated Chinese New Year, you likely know that Fu is one of the most popular Chinese characters used during the event. 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 upside down in Chinese sounds the same as the character for came. If you or someone you know needs some luck, it's time to welcome Fu into your life. 02 of 10 Lu - Prosperity The character Lu used to mean official's salary in feudal China. So how does one get Lu or prosperity? The ancient Chinese art of spacial arrangement, feng shui, is believed to be the way to health, wealth and happiness. If you are interested in feng shui, you may check out the book "The Feng Shui Kit," or the many other books that have been written on the subject. 03 of 10 Shou - Longevity In addition to longevity, Shou also means life, age or birthday. In the tradition of Confucius, the Chinese have long had high regard for the elderly and in the tradition of Daoism, an interest in immortality. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Shou "can appear in at least 100 variant forms and frequently occurs on hangings, garments and decorative arts that were appropriate for auspicious occasions such as birthday celebrations." 04 of 10 Xi - Happiness Double happiness is usually posted everywhere during Chinese weddings and in wedding invitations. The symbol is made up of a pair of Chinese characters used to show happiness and that the bride and groom and their families will now be united.The characters that mean happiness are spelled xi or "hsi" in Mandarin. Double happiness is pronounced "shuang-xi" and is only used in Mandarin writing in the context of weddings. 05 of 10 Cai - Wealth, Money Chinese often say money can make a ghost turn a millstone. In other words, money really can do a lot of things. 06 of 10 He - Harmonious "People harmony" is an important part of Chinese culture. When you have harmonious relations with others, things will be a lot easier for you. 07 of 10 Ai - Love, Affection Ai is often used with '"mianzi." Together aimianzi, this character means "be concerned about one's face-saving." 08 of 10 Mei - Beautiful, Pretty The United States of America is called Mei Guo in the short form. Guo means country, so Meiguo is a good name. 09 of 10 Ji - Lucky, Auspicious, Propitious This character means "hope all is well," which one often says to friends, loved ones, and acquaintances. 10 of 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.