A UK government minister has apologised for giving a watch to the mayor of Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei, without realising such gifts are taboo. Susan Kramer said she did not know giving clocks suggests time is running out for the person who receives it in Chinese culture, and said sorry. – BBC NewsGiving someone a clock or watch as a present is traditionally taboo in Chinese culture due to the similar pronunciation of “giving a clock” and “attending an old person’s funeral” – The Guardian
In Canada, we have a variation on this superstition.
If you are given a watch and it has “Made in China” on the back of it, then the watch will not live much longer.