In Chinese culture, certain numbers are believed to be lucky (or unlucky) based on how the word sounds when spoken as compared to other words (good or bad) that sound similar. Of course, the number 8 is one of the most revered and it's no coincidence that the 2008 Olympics will begin on 8-8-08 at 8 p.m. Beijing time. The word for eight in Chinese (Pinyin: bā) sounds similar to the word which means "prosper" or "wealth" (Pinyin: fā). Why do we bring this up? The floor on which the USA is based at the team hotel? 8.