The Chinese are a great believer in luck and all things eight, so it is ironic that China is having such a bad time with the number in 2008, the Year of the Rat.
Crippling snowstorms struck on January 25, the numerals for which add up to eight.
Ditto for the Tibet riots, which broke out on March 14.
Again the Sichuan earthquake hit on May 12.
Finally, the day of the earthquake marked 88 days to go before the Olympics open on August 8.
Hong Kong fung shui master Raymond Lo says part of the problem may lie with President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.
Both were born in 1942, The Year of the Horse, which is fan tai shui, a belief that they may face major obstacles in their health, job and studies. And what can be more stressful than having to deal with the chaos wreaked by the blizzards, riots and quake, as well as the Olympic torch relay protests.
Lo suggests Hu and Wen carry an ox pendant because the ox is seen as a friend of the rat.
Lo says the Year of the Rat is symbolized by earth and water, an unstable relationship.
He is predicting more natural disasters. But hes not suggesting theyll take place during the Games.
August 8 is a good day, a day of achievement. It just happens to be a turbulent year for China. The calendar doesnt say anything about the Olympics, but the calendar points to this year being a year of earth and water disasters.