Welcome to ChineseLandrush’s next installment of the Chinese Domaining Masterclass blog series!
We hope that you’ve had an excellent start to 2016, and we’re sending “luck” your way as you continue to invest in the Chinese domain market. Speaking of the Chinese market, the domain industry has seen quite the boom lately as it relates to China and the buying and selling of domain names. At this point, it’s no surprise to those involved in the domain industry that China is a hot market right now — and there are no signs pointing toward this slowing down any time soon. If you’re looking to break into the China domaining environment, continue to follow our blog for the latest tips, tricks, and advice on how to get the most out of your domaining experience.
With that being said, we’re well on our way covering numbers 1-10 and what they mean in the Chinese context as it relates to investing in numeric strings. So far we’ve covered numbers 7, 3, 4, 8, and 9. Today, we will be going over the number five (5).
5: 五; Pinyin: Wǔ
In terms of understanding the meaning of numbers in the Chinese context, the number five is one of the least ambiguous numbers for westerners to understand. Its meaning is fairly straightforward and doesn’t present the same kind of confusion or ambiguity that other numbers seem to carry, like eight or seven.
The best way to describe the number five’s meaning in the Chinese context would be with one word: balance. In ancient Chinese tai chi, the number five lies in the middle of all numbers. In the masculine principle of Yang, five being in the middle symbolizes perpetual balance.
The Mandarin spelling of the number five, as outlined above, is “wǔ.” The Cantonese spelling of the number five is “ng.” The most common, and also one of the most important sound-a-like’s for the number five is “me,” “myself,” and “I.”
- The noun [n.] sound-a-like’s for the number five is: a room, dirt
- The verb [v.] sound-a-like’s for the number five is: to lack, to accuse falsely, to dance, the sound of crying
- The adjective [adj.] sound-a-like’s for the number five is: not to have, none, my, to associate with, disobedient, martial
The number five is part of several well-known numerical puns in China. To give you a better idea of this I’ve listed a few of them below.
520: Pronounced “wu-er-ling,” these numbers sound very similar to 我爱您 (wo-ai-nin), or “I love you,” with the word “you” presented in honorific form. 520 is used quite often by couples and family members messaging other “520” across various forms of social media and other various forms of popular technology.
521: Pronounced “wu-er-yi,” these numbers sound similar to 我爱你 (wo-ai-ni), which also means “I love you,” however this is presented in the more familiar form.
Unit of Innate Meaning
As mentioned above, the easiest meaning of the number five for westerners to understand is balance. The number five is the middle number of numbers 1-10, so naturally this refers to and symbolizes balance in all things.
Available Domain Names
There are plenty of available, unregistered domain names for sale in for both general availability and premium name prices that include the number 5. Some examples include:
- 五粮液 is the 2nd best baijiu in China, and is a premium name that is available to register in both Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) from Sedo’s platform here and here. The pinyin for this name is “WuLiangYe,” which means “5 crops liquid,” or “quality baijiu made by many crops.”
- 五福 means “5 bliss” and is a premium name that is available to register in both Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网). To inquire on this particular name, please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 五彩城 means “5 Color City” which is the name of a shopping mall in China, and is available to register in both Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) at general availability prices from any of our 50+ registrars.
- 北京五中 means “Beijing Number 5 Middle School” which is one of the best middle school’s in Beijing. In fact, almost every single city in China has a ‘number 5 middle school,’ so the city name +五中 would be an excellent domain name choice for many people. This name is also available to register in both Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) at general availability prices from any of our 50+ registrars.
Thank you again for stopping by to learn more about numeric domains and the important roles they play in the Chinese domain investment space. Numerics are proven assets in China, and you should know how to properly invest in them with the Chinese context in mind, especially since the Chinese domain investing market is showing to be very lucrative and hot right now.
If you have any further questions that relate to the number five, please don’t hesitate to contact us and our team of experts, and we will do our best to help you answer any questions you may have.
In the meantime, head over to ChineseLandrush.com and take a look at our list of hundreds of meaningful, premium-sounding, and readily available Chinese domain suggestions! If you have a portfolio of English names that you want translated properly into Chinese, let us know! We help domain investors translate English names into Chinese the right way (not the Google way), to get them going on their journey of IDN investing. Not to mention this service is completely free as well!