Going up

Most days begin and end in an elevator. Hong Kongers live, on average, on the 15th floor. If you count the numbers of stories in a building and look at the number of the top floor, you will notice that the building seems to have some floors missing. You would be correct. The people of Hong Kong can be very superstitious and many would go out of their way to make sure that they don’t live on a floor with the number “4” in it, as the Cantonese for the number four 四(sei3) sounds very much like the word for death 死(sei2).

Where the forth floor does exist, the prices of properties are usually slightly lower than their counterparts on the floor above and below.