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"Superstitions" Top 5 Page for this destination Taiwan Local Custom Tip by kenmerk

Taiwan Local Customs: 55 reviews and 54 photos


The Taiwanese are quite a superstitious lot. Some of the more common superstitions include the following: Never wrap gifts in white paper, as white is the color representing death here. (red would be a better choice) It is also best to avoid the number 4, since the Chinese pronunciation of "four" is the same as the word for "death". (Many buildings here do not have a fourth floor, 1,2,3,5...) It is also best to avoid giving clocks as a gift, since they as they represent the time ticking down to death. Death seems to be is a common theme in their superstitions....

So, if for some reason, one would want to spook one of their native friends, a gift of four clocks wrapped in white wrapping paper would probably give the desired effect...

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  • Written Mar 13, 2003
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  • 6aruna's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    giving gifts to Taiwanese was a real problem when I visited there, I had help from a local. Clocks and watches are great gifts in our part.

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