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On Chinese dice the 4 is always red.

The word for four () and death () sound similar in Mandarin Chinese.

The story of the emperor who ordered the four on dice colored red.

See Tetraphobia.

The character for dice in Chinese 骰子 has the radical 骨 bone as ancient dice were made out of bone.

Types of Chinese dice.

Dice from different countries.

Book: Chinese Games with Dice and Dominoes.

Ancient Board Games at the British Museum.

See list of Chinese radicals.