Hong Kong 07

Nighttime View from Victoria Peak with the Skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island and the Lights of Kowloon

As I mentioned in one of the previous posts, Hong Kong is often called “the most vertical city in the world”. This amazing Chinese city owes its nickname to the extremely high concentration of skyscrapers and high-rise buildings. The tallest skyscraper in this picture is Two International Finance Centre. It was completed in 2003, and with its 415 m (or 1,362 ft), it is currently the second tallest building in Hong Kong.

Two IFC  has 88 floors above ground level. 8 is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture. The number 4, on the other hand, is considered very unlucky. It signifies “death” because these two words sound similar in Chinese/Cantonese. Some floors which include the digit “4” (for example 14 or 24) don’t exist in this skyscraper. This practice is called tetraphobia, from the Greek word tetras, meaning “four”. It is quite common in China and several other East Asian countries.

Speaking of numbers, you might have noticed that many Chinese websites use numeric domain names instead of letters. Short .com domains containing “8” are very sought after and can be very valuable. Domains containing “4”, on the other hand, are less popular and less valuable. If you think about investing in numeric dotcoms, I have bad news for you: most of the good ones are already taken, and other TLDs are much less popular and not so prestigious. They often just drive traffic to their .com counterpart.

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