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Hand gestures are used throughout the world, but the same gesture can have different meanings in different cultures. Most cultures have similar gestures for the numbers one through five, but Chinese cultures also have gestures for six through ten. All number gestures are commonly used by shopkeepers and whenever numbers enter the conversation.

Chinese Characters

In some cases, these gestures are modeled on Chinese characters. For example, the Chinese character for 10 is 十 which can be indicated with two crossed fingers.

Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China

There are some differences in the gestures used in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China. The gesture for the number ten, for example, is done on one hand in Mainland China, but in Taiwan and Hong Kong it is expressed by crossing the two index fingers.

Also, the Mainland Chinese gesture for the number nine means "death" in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Use it with care!

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