This month our team in China moved into a new office in the trendy Changning district of Shanghai –home to cutting edge art and culture in the bustling metropolis.
While our lucky colleagues now have the benefit of new art galleries, events and restaurants on their doorstep no matter where you are in Shanghai you’ll notice the juxtaposition of old and new. This vibrant, buzzy city still beats to the ancient Chinese traditions and proverbs handed down through thousands of years.
So when the time came to ‘officially’ open our brand new office we took the time to embrace these long held traditions. Here our Shanghai Marketing Manager Qiu explains how Chinese gifts and customs can help ensure your next move is filled with good luck and prosperity…
Choose your date carefully
We chose the 8th August to officially open our new office as 8 has long been regarded as the luckiest number in Chinese culture. It is pronounced ‘Ba’ in Chinese which sounds similar to the word ‘Fa’ – which means ‘to make a fortune’. The figure 8 is a powerful number loaded with connotations of prosperity, success and high social status – making it a very popular date for new business openings.
Don’t let the rain bring you down
Moving boxes in the rain might not seem like the luckiest start to your move. However in Chinese culture water means money and rain means money coming in. so if there are rain clouds overhead then consider your moving date very lucky!
Invest in a Money Tree
In Chinese culture, people likes to name plants, and one tropical tree in particular – the Pachira Aquatica – is often referred to as the Money Tree. These lucky trees are symbolically associated with good financial fortune and are typically seen in businesses, sometimes with red ribbons or other auspicious ornamentation attached. We received about a dozen money trees as house warming gifts for our new office.
Celebrate the occasion!
Some traditions are the same around the world – after the ribbon cutting and speeches we enjoyed a nice glass of champagne and slice of cake with our colleagues, trade partners and invited guests.