I have seen number "33" in some of Chinese drama and novels. I wonder what is the historical meaning behind 33? Especially 33天?

For example, there is a drama named "失恋33天", which has an English title version of "Love is not Blind". However, I couldn't understand the meaning between 33天 still.

  • 33 sounds well in Chinese.
    – OmniBus
    May 2, 2017 at 20:17
  • Is there any specific meaning to it?
    – pbeta
    May 3, 2017 at 13:34
  • The sound of 三 is close to that of 生 (live, life, alive, active). 三三不盡,六六無窮。It means something is alive forever. I do not know the reason why the author chooses 33. But 33 looks like a happy number. The break up ( 失戀) is unhappy. It looks some dramatic elements in the 33 days after the the unhappy breakup. This is my speculation.
    – OmniBus
    May 3, 2017 at 14:15
  • you cannot really relate the Chinese name and its English name, 33天 just means thirty-three days, no other special meaning in Chinese
    – LONG
    May 15, 2017 at 14:25

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This is meaning that the love story occurred in these days.

in 33 days, a story start and end.


I haven't watched the movie, but I know of it. To me, "33 days" sounds like an arbitrary interval and carry no special meaning.

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