Car number plates ending in four have been banned in Beijing because they are said to be unlucky.

The move has been taken because the word for “four” sounds like the word for “dead” in Mandarin.

No vehicle registration numbers ending in four will be issued in the Chinese city from now on, says the South China Morning Post quoting the Beijing Times.

Beijing is the first Chinese city to introduce such a measure although many buildings have no floors ending in four, so they have no fourth, 14th or 24th floors.

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