How feng shui shaped Hong Kong's skyline

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, August 1, 2018
  • Hong Kong’s superstitious skyline.
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    Hong Kong’s famous skyline is known for its colorful lights and modern buildings, but a closer look reveals some unique designs inspired by feng shui. Like the gaping holes in the middle of buildings to let dragons fly through or cannon-like structures installed to deflect bad “qi” (pronounced chi).

    The main belief in feng shui is that destiny is bound to the environment, so good fortune and harmony can be invited in and bad energy can be warded off by arranging objects and buildings around us. It's an ancient Chinese practice that has come to define Hong Kong's skyline.

    In this episode of Borders, we explore feng shui principles, explain the circumstances that allowed it to flourish in Hong Kong and take a look at the unique designs around the city.

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     a years ago +2157

    We should clarify that while construction firms have specifically cited feng shui as a motive for putting holes in their buildings, the unique design also has other purposes other than superstition, including heat ventilation and city code compliance. Feng shui is not always a factor in these design decisions but we did hope to show that the belief system has influenced architectural decisions in Hong Kong.

  • Mr Sausage

    Mr Sausage


    man... ihave to move to hongkong and be come feng suei master

  • JET Nation

    JET Nation

     2 days ago

    Hong Kong is beautiful and unique

  • Vsatyk


     4 days ago

    People who are superstitious are easily taken advantage of.

  • Jaskirat Singh

    Jaskirat Singh

     4 days ago

    Absolutely love your videos Johnny but you really gotta dump that awful black shirt, I mean what were you even thinking

  • Matthew Ng

    Matthew Ng

     4 days ago

    Ah just what we need. Another white guy explaining a culture he barely knows

  • Obscure Sampology

    Obscure Sampology

     7 days ago


  • Javier Strive !!!

    Javier Strive !!!

     7 days ago

    Same In Malaysia

  • Eduardo Pérez Olivares

    Eduardo Pérez Olivares

     7 days ago

    i csnt believe the chinesse with all their maths and all that believe in this!

  • Lucy


     7 days ago

    So their architecture is kinda similar to my OCD...

  • why Me!

    why Me!

     7 days ago

    „Funk suee“

  • Flubs Dubz

    Flubs Dubz

     7 days ago +1

    Just incase any plane woulf fly into..

  • genesssisss


     14 days ago

    Beautiful city

  • Clark


     14 days ago

    As a Hongkonger, I didn't know there is a subsidy for Feng Shui disruption. Need to check that out

  • Lars Delver

    Lars Delver

     21 days ago

    LOL I live in North East China literally
    to our North is Russia and our south is North Korea. But we still got Feng Shui

  • Vinay Naik

    Vinay Naik

     21 days ago +2

    *Fish from Spongebob: “this sounds like a load of bArnicals”

  • j m

    j m

     21 days ago

    HSBC should've put realistic looking cannons and maybe "fire" them every once in a while.

  • Solana Leung

    Solana Leung

     21 days ago

    You know HSBC’s elevator for customers (the one shown in the vid) has worse feng shui where as the ones for workers have better feng shui so you “spend more money” when you enter the building

  • The Darkmoon Blade

    The Darkmoon Blade

     21 days ago

    China is a weird country to me. They are modern but but also feels ancient for some reason.

  • ign Nolo / laliluza

    ign Nolo / laliluza

     21 days ago

    Feng shui isnt that much of a practice, rather its the meticulous calculation of the elements in and around our physical world, and to master it takes practice