CV-17 Shandong (002 carrier) Thread I ...News, Views and operations

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    A good question ... and I have no answer.

    I suspect numbers have a different meaning in China. They are not for enumeration, so they are not predictable. Perhaps they are supposed to bring good luck and therefore should not be betrayed prematurely?
     
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    I'm leaning towards some kind of superstition; not necessarily with the people but someone involved in the project.
     
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    Isn't superstitious practices officially banned in China?
     
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    So is drunk driving in many nations around the globe.
     
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    You get to go to jail - that is the difference.
     
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    Only if you get caught.
     
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    No. As a matter of fact, its done all the time in daily lives, both religious and superstitious practices.
     
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    If its all about good luck, you have all sorts of ships numbered "8" and no ship or plane will have any numbers like "4" and "7". But sure we have frigate like 547 or destroyer like 154. Ships will have their commissioning on "lucky" dates determined by Feng Hsui, and no house, office building, factory, warehouse will have their main door facing north.
     
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    I know that Chinese culture is full of superstitious practices except that to my knowledge such practices are officially banned by the CCP. Is my understanding of such a fact correct or not? The issue is not whether it is still commonly practiced.

    Specifically it relates to BD's question. Why the secrecy about the number? I am sure that whatever number chosen will not be a 4.
     
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    More like its not officially encouraged, so its not done in the governmental level, public institutions, etc,.. But for private individuals and businesses, you can do whatever you want.


    Maybe someone in a high level ordered it. They are probably waiting for someone at a very high level to do the inauguration. I have a theory it might be Xi Jing Ping himself.
     

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