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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  • Vox

    Vox

     3 months ago +1263

    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.

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    龙虎山Handsome

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  • James P

    James P

     4 days ago

    Superstition is such a trip

  • 凡哥

    凡哥

     6 days ago

    The highest house price in the world。

  • ROCK STAR

    ROCK STAR

     7 days ago

    I can't believe superstition can be so cool in modern world.

  • Director Lunchie

    Director Lunchie

     7 days ago

    qi ain't superstition you white meat, Qi is oriental medicine, is taught in TCM school. idiot

  • Kat Martin

    Kat Martin

     8 days ago

    This sounds a lot like how my brand of OCD works

  • CJFLCC CJFLCC

    CJFLCC CJFLCC

     8 days ago

    So VOX does real news and real reporting and then it does bullshit completely biased reporting. Ok.. weird.

  • Viva la China

    Viva la China

     9 days ago

    4:20 that building which you said "people freak out because they look like smoking cigarette", that's not why people dislike it. People dislike it because it looks like a incense which Chinese use to worship the dead. We really really really don't like anything related to death (in fact we don't have 4th floor because four sounded like "dead" in Cantonese. We skip the 4th floor and name it "5th floor", so does 14th,24th,34th... and so on)

  • hyou zan ren

    hyou zan ren

     12 days ago

    the dragon warrior Po approved this building!

  • Luck Benny Toussaint

    Luck Benny Toussaint

     12 days ago

    MY 2 CELL PHONE INDUSTRY IN HONG AND JARKATA

  • Doc Kozo

    Doc Kozo

     13 days ago

    All sounds like bullsh*t

  • 95 yolles

    95 yolles

     14 days ago

    It is sheer westerner’s sheer stupidity.

  • Ga Me

    Ga Me

     19 days ago

    How ironic that colonial rule helped actually preserve culture... It's a shame that China went through the "cultural revolution" and destroyed so much of the ancient culture in China... We don't focus on Eastern history much when schooling in the West. But I personally have always been fascinated with Eastern cultures, including China. And I find the concept of Qi an important factor in the moral stance of Chinese culture. Without some form of moral reinforcement, people tend to run amok. All human beings need to believe that being a "good" person brings value to life and society. At least in Hong Kong they have retained this fundamental cultural driving force. I know Qi is still a popular thing in mainland China too. But it seems to be dying out. Anyone that believes in science knows that Qi isn't a real thing. But it's still an important aspect of culture and society there in China. And I hope it lives on!

  • grandiora

    grandiora

     21 days ago

    Game of Thrones should use this for its dragon sets

  • 麥草羊

    麥草羊

     22 days ago

    People really hard to breathe living in lower level of other buildings / staying in streets behind those big buildings without holes especially in summer and high populated areas !! You may faint walking around in high density areas in summer in HK, especially years ago

  • Sapar Nurkamal

    Sapar Nurkamal

     25 days ago

    I like the content, but I don’t like that 2/3 of screen-time I have to look at a face of a grown man talking

  • Mr.MohammadHd

    Mr.MohammadHd

     25 days ago

    which dragons

  • TODD MAX

    TODD MAX

     26 days ago

    香港中国银行大厦写文章
    香港中环:中国银行与汇丰的世纪风水大对决
    香港人对风水之说笃信不移。兴建大厦当然要看过风水,租房子、开新铺也要找风水师;甚至连结婚时大堂的摆放、办公室桌子的朝向,以至一个饰物摆设、一个招牌、一个鱼池大小方位都要求教于风水师。包括近年最令人瞩目的是特首贵宾府官邸的装修也请人来看风水,这些趣闻都成为香港人茶余饭后的谈资。
    中环位于香港岛的核心区域,是香港的金融贸易心脏。站在“风水学”的角度看来,其地域得天独厚,成为那个时代成功的金融区自然无可厚非。
    要说风水,就得从地形上说起,先来看看香港最为核心的维多利亚港边上的“中环”吧!
    得天独厚的超级格局
    九曲来水
    香港中环之所以发达,全仗维多利亚港这个聚宝盆!
    香港岛的水从珠江流下来,经过汲水门、从大口进入维多利亚港,再经观塘蓄水口,再流入鲤鱼门,最后还有个东龙洲挡住,让它不那么快流走。急水入,缓水出,水便在中间两个转弯处形成了两个“曲水聚宝盆”。风水学上称为“九曲来水”乃有情水中的至上格局。
    迎送合局
    从鸟瞰图看维港的南北两岸,尖沙咀是凸出的地形,而中环则是下凹的地形!在西九龙没填海之前,这两个地形完全拼成一个完美的平面!在风水上称之为“迎送合局”,一般惯用在建筑风水上,而在地形上达到这样的吻合度,在中国发达城市中没有几处!
    灵龟出海
    中环香港会展中心,和尖沙咀香港太空馆的造型,一个像一只灵龟(玄武),一个像是巨蛋。并且在地图上看,它们完全成直线隔海对望。
    香港政府在这两个建筑上的用意,是用了呼形喝象。以“灵龟出海寻蛋”来呼喝维多利亚港的“迎送合局”
    大家都知道,香港商业最旺之地是中环,除了以上的“九曲来水”和“迎送合局”之外,最关键的是尖沙咀这个由地形上形成的最强三煞位。
    商业大厦要风生水起,必选“斗三煞”,尖沙咀带来的这股超级煞气,冲旺了整个中环,然而商业主体建筑面对这么强的煞气,该如何去跟它斗?
    第一主角:香港汇丰银行登场
    在整个中环,香港汇丰银行大厦,是唯一一座选择与尖沙咀“三煞位”正面交锋的商业建筑。
    看上图,这块风水宝地,楼宇林立。可在汇丰大厦面向维多利亚港的前方,却没有一栋高层建筑。一般情况下,来自于地形的煞气,就算要与之斗法,也要避其锋芒。为何汇丰如此大胆,选择与其正面交锋!
    下面我们来看,汇丰如何斗赢这个最强“三煞位”!
    缓冲、避开、吸纳
    首先我们看看汇丰如何缓冲煞气!当年汇丰选择这个尖沙咀直射的位置后,其建筑面积的需求是2万多平方米(17亩),但汇丰却买下将近5万平米的地皮。
    多出的地皮它用来干嘛呢?
    汇丰银行将大厦前方的地皮建成公园,种植了茂盛的树木,并将其送由政府管理!这个公园便是今天香港著名的皇后像广场!
    其目的是利用了公园茂密的树木,来缓冲尖沙咀的三煞,煞气在经过公园的缓冲区后才来到银行门前。
    下面出场的便是香港闻名的两只雄狮 --- “史提芬” (Stephen)和“施迪”(Stitt)。
    这两只豪迈的雄狮镇守汇丰已将近一个世纪,其作用就不需要我多解释了,中国内陆的银行门口屡见不鲜,但搞笑的是,很多银行门口并没有什么煞气,也把它们摆来装饰。
    汇丰还将其萌宠印上钞票,难怪在香港人气爆棚,人见人爱。
    通过公园和雄狮两层阻挡缓冲的煞气,汇丰就能吸纳了?还不行,这股煞气可是强大到可以催旺整个中环商圈的,哪有那么容易挡得住!
    所以就出现了,在商业大厦中最奇葩的现象。
    中穿避煞
    汇丰银行将数千平方米的一楼,完全放空,关键是,大气豪放到连门都不做。
    由上图可见,汇丰银行的一楼大堂,除了两个手扶梯,其他什么都没有。并且前后两个入口,连大门都没做。这个在商业大厦中,乃至全世界都极其罕见的设计。
    因为尖沙咀形成的直冲煞气,是来自地形的三角形成的!所以煞气是附着于地平面直冲的!那么汇丰先用公园和雄狮阻挡和减弱煞气,大厦一楼前后门完全展开,并且一楼完全放空,让煞气直冲而过,完全避开了这道煞气。
    那么避开之后,就是要考虑如何吸纳煞气带来的“财”了。
    吸纳煞气(财)
    首先这里要普及一个风水观点,煞气所带来的“旺”与 “衰”,也就是“财”与“败”是成正比的,为何叫“斗三煞”?关键在于,避开它所带来的“衰败”之后,要用“四两拨千斤”的原理去权衡吸收的“量”!这才是最考验风水设计师的关键!
    尖沙咀这股由地形引起的煞气,相比一栋商业大厦,那简直就是万钧之力!所以,汇丰避开煞气之后,吸纳的煞气能不能多?绝对不能!
    汇丰的总风水设计师,也就在这点上体现了其对于风水实操的浑厚经验和判断能力!
    在“大动干戈”避开煞气之后,仅用了两条手扶梯去吸纳这“万钧之力”的一点点煞气。
    同时,我们看一下这个一楼所谓的天花,其实是透明的玻璃!因为煞气要能透上去,但又不能太多,所以汇丰用了“玻璃窗”的原理让煞气缓冲到大厦之中。
    并且汇丰大厦的一至八楼是个中空的天井,煞气进入之后,在天井中不断分散循环。
    这“一点点”的“煞(财)气”,足以让汇丰在整个香港金融界位于不败之地!
    然而,这位总设计师最让人佩服的,都不是上述这些常规的方式,而是他的的“野心”!
    骑龙格
    汇丰风水局之所以是大成格局,正是因为它并非正面对着尖沙咀的三煞位!
    汇丰大厦用来面对尖沙咀的,其实是后门。当煞气从维多利亚港直冲过来,在汇丰一楼明堂穿过,整座汇丰大厦直接骑在这条“万钧之龙”的身上!在风水学上称之为“骑龙格”!
    80年代,传说汇丰亚太区总裁在一次聚会上,无比笃定地说了一句”香港所有高楼大厦中,风水第一的,就是香港汇丰总行大厦!“
    然后呢?说完就出事了!
    第二主角:香港中银大厦强势搅局
    中银出鞘 谁与争锋
    1982年,据称当年港英政府故意将中环位置极小,交通较差的一块地卖给中国银行,且当时中行的建筑预算也只有1.3亿美金!但我大天朝的中国银行不负众望,在香港立起了当时的亚洲第一高楼,并且成为近30年来,在香港中环风水之战中的最强搅局者。
    三面钢刀
    中银大厦楼高317.4米,共70层!上图可见,中银的建筑外形,犹如一柄三棱钢刀,直冲云天。而这三个寒光四射的刀刃,一把指向汇丰银行,一把指向驻港部队(英军),一把指向港督府(谁叫你特么刁难我)!
    港督府(现为礼宾府)
    传闻中银大厦落成不久后,在任港督就因心脏病暴毙,后面的两任港督也在后来几年中大小手术不断(当然只是传闻)。直到97香港回归,特首董建华死活不肯住进礼宾府,也直接公开原因就是风水问题。
    那么被另一面刀刃直指的汇丰银行,就真的不好过了。1990年中银大厦建成后不久,汇丰银行的业绩突然下滑,股价也随之大跌,远在英国的汇丰总部都受到香港股价的影响。
    当然,汇丰银行也不是省油的灯。第二年,汇丰大厦的顶楼就架起了两门长达17米的大钢炮,直对中国银行。
    从此,这个毫不避嫌直来直去的“刀炮对战”,都被香港人乃至全球华人津津乐道!
    另外,汇丰银行的大炮还发生过一件搞笑的事情。
    不知道哪一年刮台风,把汇丰楼顶的大炮给吹歪了,炮口对准了渣打银行。渣打银行的高层给吓了个半死,一纸律师函发往汇丰银行,要求限期改正。
    第三……角:长江实业大厦

  • Cocoliso Osilococ

    Cocoliso Osilococ

     26 days ago +1

    as stupid believe as religions...