5 Chinese Good Luck Symbols

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From Chinese characters and statues of dragons to golden cats and red envelopes, Chinese good luck symbols take many forms. These symbols can also be use in conjuncture with specific elements as cures and enhancers for various feng shui applications.

Top 5 Chinese Good Luck Symbols

There are many Chinese symbols of good luck that are represented by objects and visuals, each having a strong purpose and significant meaning. Often used in the practice of feng shui, good luck symbols strengthen positive energy, rejuvenate stagnant energy and act as cures as they draw auspicious chi into the home or workplace.

1. Pinyin

One of the most popular Chinese symbols of good luck is the pinyin (official transcription system for converting Chinese characters to Latin script) characters for fu which represents good luck or good fortune.

Character- Fu
Calligraphy Characters for Fu

The ancient Chinese tradition of hanging a fu symbol on the front door is still practiced during the Chinese Spring Festival and Chinese New Year. This practice began in 256 B.C. during the Zhou Dynasty to keep the Goddess of Poverty from visiting and residing in your home. Today, the symbol represents a year of good luck, prosperity and happiness.

Artists often draw fu symbols in black ink calligraphy on red paper to be hung in homes as a feng shui cure to attract positive energy. These beautiful good luck symbols are also popular on jewelry as charms and pendants.

2. Other Lucky Characters

Other Chinese characters representing good luck include:

  • Xi: Popular at Chinese weddings, this symbol represents double happiness and good luck.
  • He: This is a good luck symbol for harmonious relationships.
  • Ji: Give this symbol for good luck and a wish that all is well for a housewarming gift.
  • Lu: Prosperity, good fortune and wealth come with this character.
    Lucky Characters

3. Chinese Dragons

The Chinese dragon, considered the Supreme Being of all creatures, symbolizes good luck, success and protection. The Imperial Dragon fathered nine dragon sons. Ancient Chinese culture believed the emperor to be a direct descendant of the dragon.

Imperial dragon
Imperial Dragon

You'll find the dragon motif throughout Chinese architecture, such as palaces, walls, bridges, temples and even household items such as china and serving bowls. Some dragon names are spelled differently depending on the region of the country, but they all retain the same properties. You can place any of the nine dragons in various sectors of your home to activate the specific chi energy the dragon represents.

  • Baxia (Bixi): The most commonly recognized symbol is the dragon tortoise (turtle dragon). He is powerful and strong and capable of bearing life's burdens. He brings long life of prosperity and strength.
  • Bi An (Bian): This dragon is a protector of the law and considered to be a fair judge. Use this auspicious symbol for any legal issues you may face.
  • Chi Wen (Chao Feng or Chiwen): This dragon governs water and is used on roofs to ensure protection against fire. Place one inside your home to protect against natural disasters such as floods.
    Chi Wen
    Chi Wen
  • Gongfu (Gong Fu): This water dragon god enjoys swimming in lakes and other bodies of water. He brings wealth to your home and protects you from floods and is often used on ships.
  • Pu Lao (Puloa): This dragon roars and rules over sounds.It is often used as a motif for temple bells. Place one on your desk to command authority.
  • Ch'iu niu (Quiniu) : The dragon god loves music and is the creative symbol often found carved onto musical instruments or as a relief motif.
  • Suan Ni (Suanni): The lion dragon of fire and smoke sits and watches over his kingdom. This dragon god bestows wisdom and great wealth to those who use this symbol.
    Suan Ni
    Suan Ni
  • Taotie (Tootie): If you need wealth, add a token of this food loving dragon with bronze and other metal bowls, plates, and other serving pieces. Many china patterns include an image of this dragon god.
  • Ya Zi (Yazi) : The protector dragon god is a fierce warrior and always victorious in war. This is a symbol for those in the military to wear as a median to imbues Yazi's energy

4. Lucky Golden Cat

According to the World of Feng Shui website, a product of Lillian Too, renowned feng shui master, cats in Chinese mythology are typically bad omens, unless they are golden cats. The latter color of cat signifies the transformation of what might be a very inauspicious event into one with an auspicious outcome.

Lucky golden cat
Lucky Golden Cat

The symbol of the lucky cat or golden cat symbolizes the transforming of evil into good that this symbol is one of protection against evil. This two-sided statue is an unusual feng shui symbol of good luck, abundance and protection. One side is depicts a smiling cat with a raised paw designed to attract wealth by representing good luck and good fortune. When the statue is turned around, it reveal a frowning cat holding a broom to symbolize protection by sweeping troubles and worry away from you.

5. Statues of Buddha

Buddha statues are available in many styles and designs. One of the most popular Buddhas is the Laughing Buddha, sometimes called the Happy Buddha. The Laughing Buddha with his round belly and big smile is a symbol of good luck, abundance, and prosperity.

Other Common Chinese Symbols of Good Luck

  • Three Chinese coins tied with red ribbon: Place this in the Southeast sector of your home or carry inside your purse for an abundance of wealth and money.
    Feng Shui coins
    Three Coins With Ribbon
  • Carp (koi) and goldfish: Use eight red and one black fish in an aquarium or koi pond. Place aquarium just inside front door, on north wall or in southeast sector of home to stimulate wealth.
  • Red envelopes: Red envelopes hold one coin (from a positive dynasty). Give as housewarming gifts, carry one inside your purse for abundant wealth.
  • Wealth pots: Fill this with money, especially money from wealthy people, other symbols of great wealth and place inside your house in wealth corner, which is the southeast one.
    wealth pot
    Wealth Pot
  • Three-legged toad: This toad is always depicted with a coin in its mouth with a Chinese character coin side facing up. Place in southeast corner facing into home or room.
  • Crystals: Activate earth chi energy by placing the crystal in southwest, northeast, or center of your home.
  • Mystic knots: These knots are the eternity symbol of the figure eight. Use to hang various feng shui cures such as wind chimes and coins.
    Mystic knot
    Mystic Knot

These and other symbols of good luck can be used in feng shui applications as powerful cures and enhancers for activating chi energy. Pay attention to the material the symbol is made from and place it in the appropriate sector of water, wood, fire, earth or metal. If you adhere to feng shui principles, you can significantly improve your life and your luck.

5 Chinese Good Luck Symbols