Associated with vampires and haunted houses in Western literature, in China, bats are a symbol of happiness and good fortune.
Even so, bats can still bring their share of bad luck. Practitioners of Feng Shui advise that casino interiors incorporate a decorative bat wing pattern to encourage gamblers to lose money at the betting tables.
While in the west, the arrival of even one bat can throw the house into a panic, Chinese folklore says the more bats, the merrier! The Five Bats of Happiness symbol, or Wu Fu, incorporates a circle of five bats representing long life, riches, health, love and a natural death.