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Chan Chu the Wealth Toad

Updated on June 12, 2015

Only Three Legs But Still a Symbol of Luck

The chan chu has many names -- three-legged toad, wealth toad, or prosperity toad. In Asia, the chan chu is a good luck symbol, especially in the area of prosperity. Just one look at its figure will demonstrate that. Look at all the gold coins!

According to the belief of feng shui, the mythological three-legged frog brings luck to the home that hosts it. These figures are all around China, especially in storefronts whose owners don't want to miss out on any opportunity to garner a bit more luck in earning money.

All About the Wealth Frog - The Chan Chu

Chan Chu Toad
Chan Chu Toad

Traditionally the chan chu was made of gold or jade. Modern wealth frogs are more affordable and are merely golden colored and made from synthetic resins. They typically have a rather fierce expression formed by red eyes and flared nostrils.

The wealth frog is placed on counters in businesses where money is handled or on coffee tables in living rooms to bring luck to the owners. A corner is supposed to be the primary spot for the wealth toad to exert his powers because of the qi (life force) residing there.

The chan chu is generally sitting atop a pile of gold coins. Sometimes it even has a coin in its mouth. Some wealth toads have open mouths into which you can place paper money or modern coins.

Some say that rubbing the chan chu will bring you luck, especially in the area of financial prosperity.

According to feng shui, the chan chu both encourages wealth to come and guards the wealth you already have from disaster. Further more, the wealth toad helps to counteract any bad luck that might be driving away your material blessings. The chan chu is truly a multi-faceted good luck effigy.

The chan chus pictured below are even adorned with fake ruby stones to emphasize the prosperity they are supposed to bring.

The chan chu has two front legs with fierce claws to protect his (and your) wealth. But in the rear there is only one leg! Thus the chan chu is a three-legged animal.

Your Own Chan Chu

Three Legged Toad Money Frog Chan Chu Symbol of Prosperity in Feng Shui
Three Legged Toad Money Frog Chan Chu Symbol of Prosperity in Feng Shui

This dark chan chu is fairly common in modern China. It's made of inexpensive resin that will be durable for many years.


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Traditional Chinese Coins - And Gold Ingots

The chan chu is always atop gold of some kind -- typically the traditional round coins with a square hole in the center. Often there are also boat shaped gold ingots as well. Whenever wealth is symbolized in China, the old style money is used rather than modern cash.

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      3 years ago

      I need one! ;-)

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      6 years ago

      Never heard about Chan Chu before... Thanks for the education!

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      7 years ago

      ~ Cupid Kisses by a Squidoo Angel ~

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      Ellen Brundige 

      7 years ago from California

      [Whoops wrong account ;) ]

      Oooh, is THAT what that toad was?!

      I never paid enough attention. There was one in my absolute favoritest Chinese restaurant on the counter facing the front door. It was easy to see what he symbolized, but I never noticed he only had 3 legs! Alas, I fear he wasn't enough to save it. I miss that place.

      Oddly enough, I think "chu" may be "kiss" in Japanese.

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      Tonie Cook 

      7 years ago from USA

      Learn something new every day . . . I never heard of a prosperity toad before. Glad I stopped by here. Thank you for sharing the information.

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      7 years ago

      Woot! 100% on you quiz, and you made learning such fun! Beautifully done!

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      8 years ago

      I love rubies, but I don't think I'd want them staring at me like big evil toad eyes. Nope, I think I'm more of a frog person myself. :-) Great lens, Jimmie.

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      Steve Arun 

      8 years ago

      Well, I heard about these Chan Chu. People also believe they help you to save money, but I never tried it. Excellent lens.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very interesting little toads.

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      Sensitive Fern 

      8 years ago

      I didn't know anything about these, but I love toads. I may have to get one. :) I'm sure I'll notice them now in chinese restaurants.


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