Chinese Culture

Feng Shui

Feng Shui and Geomancy is a science of buildings, land, and burial sites and it has more than 2000 years history original from China. The first official record in China history is in "Yi Jing" (or I Ching) which is Ancient Chinese decision making tool. It's one of two most famous Chinese oracle, has been consulted in one form or another since the Bronze Age, and people of every era have benefited from its timeless wisdom. It gives people ideas how to evaluate the living and professional environment, making decision on life and optimize life on relationship, career, business and an overall harmony. 

Feng Shui is based in the belief that creation of the “perfect” internal and external environment can cure both the body and the soul. Consequently, only when the body and soul are in harmony can a person be most successful. The basic principles involved with Feng Shui include the 5 elements, yin and yang, compass positions, the environment and the solar system. The Chinese Zodiac relies on the positioning of heavenly bodies as well as the interaction of the 5 elements, yin and yang, the 12 branches and the 10 heavenly stems.Chinese Feng Shui attempts to harness the Earth’s good fortune in an effort to determine one’s destiny. It is not superstition as some believe. It is very real and homeowners and business owners alike are seeking Feng Shui experts to help create environments that eliminate negative energy or “Chi” and promote positive energy. Those who practice Feng Shui have seen their success and their profits soar!

"Feng shui is a science and a practical system to adjust the movement of the qi. We can improve our life by channeling the flow of qi correctly and properly, thus making the best use of feng shui," says Su Baicheng, a full-time feng shui consultant, who has studied the I Ching (Book of Changes) for more than 20 years. 

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In practice, feng shui (literally "wind, water") deals with positioning objects, especially buildings, graves and furnishings, based on the power of yin and yang (cold and hot energy) and the flow of qi that can have positive or negative effects.

FENG shui, the 6,000-year-old Chinese art or practice of geomancy, is said to utilize the laws of heaven and earth to improve by increasing positive energy or qi and avoiding the negative energy. 

As the Chinese Lunar New Year approaches, so do the yearly feng shui updates on the "good" and the "bad" energies according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

Feng means wind and Shui means water. Fengshui is a Chinese traditional discipline which studies the way in which human beings co-exist in harmony with nature. In ancient times, our Chinese ancestors were aware of the existence of Qi in nature, the natural rules discerned by them during their long labors. To be specific, Qi is seen as a mystical drive greatly influencing people's daily life. At first, they used the rules of Qi simply to choose the locations of their houses and graves. By following these rules, they believed well-being would knock at the door, otherwise bad luck would befall.

There are three principles of Fengshui: The unity of human beings with nature, the balance of Yin and Yang, and the attraction and repulsion of five elements - metal, wood, water, fire and earth. These principles are set up to help people pursue good fortune and avoid disaster, thus improving their living standard.

Fengshui gives people many suggestions on how and where to build houses. For example, houses should have their backs to the north and fronts to the south. Because when they face south, houses can easily absorb sunshine and avoid cold north winds in winter. This is a benefit to people's health. So this tradition has come down to the present, especially in rural areas. Also, the size of a house must be moderate, neither too big nor too small. A small house with too many people living in it is not recommended; neither is a large house with a few people. This is in accord with the doctrine of the Mean.

Fengshui has strict requirements on the proper positioning of the central axis in building cities. Generally speaking, the central axis should run from north to south, with its north end pointing directly to a mountain running from east to west. The mountain is regarded as the guardian of the city. A winding river around the city is believed to be an auspicious feature. The Forbidden City was built strictly abiding by these rules.

Feng Shui Cures

To redress poor Feng Shui situation, attention can be paid to how to get rid of or replace the resource of Si Chi. Also the focus can be on the five elements, and the need to achieve a balance. Some indications have been given of action that can be taken to correct imbalances and conflicts and from this the general principles and practices can be determined.

1. Checking the house to ensure the optimum arrangement for the flow of Chi
When it comes to Chi within a house, the primary objective is to encourage the good Chi and keep out the bad one. The beneficial Chi should enter by the main door and pass throughout the house, leaving by a window or the back entrance. On its way around the house, it should really pass through every room.

2. Choice a right color for cures, the choice should be based on the analysis of five elements in certain case.

- Blue is the color of water

- Green is the color of wood and signifies growth

- Yellow is the color of earth

- Red is the color of fire

- Gold is an element of metal and a symbol of wealth

3. Plants and fish.

Living things in general can be very useful to move or slow down Chi, and includes plants and fish. Plants can be placed in areas where there is no Chi, and in locations where the Chi needs to be stirred up, as well as softening corners which might produce arrow of Chi. Large plants will slow down Chi when it is moving too quickly. Fish in an aquarium can be useful to promote the favorable flow of Chi, in addition to providing an interesting and sometimes almost hypnotic focus.

2. Place a mirror in the certain place would be a good idea, mirror was made of polished brass in the past, and it was normally placed somewhere as a metal element. The place is vary depends on different layout of the houses. You should not place a brass mirror without any analysis, it may cause distress and digestive problems. Some areas you should not place a mirror:

- Don't facing the front door;

- Don't reflecting a door or a bed;

- Don't On the rear wall or tiger wall of a room;

- Don't reflecting clutter or rubbish;

- Don't behind an office chair;

Mirrors should not bring any negative landscapes or features into the home, so be mindful as to what is outside when placing them near or opposite windows.

5. Equipment.

This includes all types of machine and items of electrical equipment which can vitalize Chi, but it is necessary to ensure that it is not overused. A balance has to be achieved between the electricity which is used in so many modern appliances, from fridges to microwaves to computers, and the Chi.

6. Place some crystal in the home would be a good idea, since crystal has positive energy and is a good stuff for Sheng Chi generation.

Fengshui Living Guide

Nowadays, Fengshui still plays an important role in people's lives. To improve their quality of life, many people decorate their houses according to Fengshui rules. For example, beds shouldn't be put too close to windows because beams of light would directly affect the quality of sleep. Mirrors should not be hung on walls opposite beds in case you may be scared by reflections at night. And beds should not be put directly opposite doors, otherwise you may feel unsafe.Fengshui is a great treasure of Chinese traditional culture. It embodies a simple recognition of nature by our Chinese ancestors. Though there are many people who believe it's a kind of superstition, its wisdom can be made use of to enhance our lives.


damenfengshui.jpgThe door is the portal, the focus of any building whether a home or an office. Since this is the point where Chi enters and is distributed through the building, it is vital to the well-being of the occupants that the front door is located favorably on the house plan and in relation to the outside environment. This then is an appropriate place to start.

NOT appropriate arrangement inside your home/doors:

  1. Front door faces a corner

  2. Front door faces a column or post

  3. Front door is visible from the back door

  4. has a view of a washbasin or toilet

  5. has a view of a stove or fireplace

  6. faces the door of a bedroom

  7. faces the door of a sitting room

  8. is situated below a toilet

In Feng Shui, it's not recommended to work, study, relax or place a chair with your back to any doors. Sometimes it happens in an office, but these chairs should be arranged again at Feng Shui point of view.


As with doors, some window shapes are more favorable than others for different areas of the house. A square or wide rectangular shaped window represents the earth element and promotes stability, while a round window represents the metal element and promotes focus and determination. A tall, narrow window represents tree energy, promoting communication and harmony. Whatever the shape or size of the window, it is probably the standard that windows are best opening outwards and opening fully. It is believed, brings good fortune and enhanced opportunities to the occupants. In Feng Shui windows that open inwards will have adverse effects on health, finance and career. If your windows do happen to open inwards, it is also a good idea to determine what sort of Chi is being admitted. If the Chi is negative Sha Chi, it can be diverted or blocked by the use of a vase of flowers at the window, hanging wind chimes or something similar.


  1. If you are looking for a new home or office, please ensure there's no negative energy (Sha Chi) around and inside building,to know the situation may generate Sha Chi.

  2. A main door that is too small can be remedied by the careful use of mirrors.

  3. A wind chime may be placed by a main door which is too large to prevent Chi escaping.

  4. The main door should be hinged at the side of the nearest wall.

  5. Furniture should not hinder the easy opening of doors.

  6. If the back door or window can be seen from the front, obstacles such as mirrors, screens, plants and curtains must be used to prevent Chi flowing straight in one way and out of the other.

  7. Too many doors in a corridor can lead to confusion for Chi.

  8. Doors and windows should not be sited near the corner of the room or Chi will be lost too rapidly, put a plant to slow down the Chi.

  9. When windows do not open completely, it is helpful to place flowers at the closed section.

  10. A room situated at the end of a hallway is likely to suffer from Sha Chi, which can be corrected by placing a long mirror to the side of this door.

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