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What is feng shui?

Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.

Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings — often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures — in an auspicious manner.

Feng means wind and shui means water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health, thus good feng shui means good fortune, while bad feng shui means bad luck, or misfortune.

Feng shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy.

Principles of feng shui

The main theory of feng shui is based on the traditional theories of Yin and Yang, Luoshu, River Chart and the Book of Changes, etc. The main principles are the harmony of human beings with nature, the balance of Yin and Yang, and the balance of five elements - metal, wood, water, fire and earth.

1. Teks, Yili, Xinjiang

Eight Trigrams Town in Teks county, Yili Kazakh autonomous prefecture, north China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region is the only town in the world constructed in accordance with the pattern of Eight Trigrams, a set of symbolic signs created in ancient China and elaborated by the Book of Changes, or I-Ching (Yi Jing).



Eight Trigrams Town in Teks county, Yili

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Beijing

Beijing has always been considered an ideal selection for the nation's capital according to feng shui theories. It is a city surrounded by a series of mountains - the number one criterion for good feng shui.

A map of China shows Beijing sandwiched between two arms of Kunlun Mountain to the left and right. Not many other cities in the world are encircled with so many layers of hills. Feng shui theory believes that being surrounded by mountains symbolizes people all over the country supporting the city.

Beijing's water system also perfectly matches the standards of good feng shui, with the water in Yuquan Spring dubbed the "First Spring under Heaven" by Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The emperor believed the two prime criteria for good water are "pleasant in taste," and "light in weight." He ordered a silver cup made to measure the weight and quality of springs all over China. The lightest and sweetest water turned out to be from Beijing's Yuquan Spring, which led the emperor to write an article titled First Spring under Heaven Made by the Order of His Majesty.


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Hengyang, Hunan Province

Hengyang is situated in the south of the Hengshan Mountain in Hunan province, which is said to be the vein of dragon. Because of its particular location, it is important to lock the eye of the hole. That is built some pagodas or other buildings in the mouth of the river. Three pagodas, including the Laiyan Pagoda, Zhuhui Pagoda and Jielong Pagoda, were built to lock the eye of the river, which makes the Hengyang city as one of the famous city with good feng shui in China.


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Wenzhou, Zhejiang province

With the mountains looking like a dipper and the city seeming as a lock, Wenzhou in Zhejiang province was designed by Guopu, a famous writer in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420). According to the chevron and the relief, he designed the city, together with 64 springs and five ponds. Wenzhou is relatively closed, which is said to have the good feng shui and can avoid the war.


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Kunming

Surrounded by lakes on three sides and embraced by mountains on four sides, Kunming was regarded as a geomantic treasure land in China. Viewing the Kunming City from different sides will give one a different feeling. The east side of Kunming looks like a galloping horse. The west side of Kunming resembles a flying bird and the north side of Kunming seems like a wriggling snake


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Shenzhen

Lying in the middle south part of Guangdong province and with Zhujiang to its west and Dapeng Bay to its east, Shenzhen is a beautiful city with good feng shui and beautiful scenery. With its good location, Shenzhen is very prosperous and plays an important role in the development of the Chinese economy.

Shenzhen is a major city in south China's Guangdong province, situated immediately north of Hong Kong. The area became China's first — and one of the most successful — Special Economic Zones (SEZs). It currently also holds sub-provincial administrative status, with powers slightly less than a province.

Shenzhen is situated in the Pearl River Delta, bordering Hong Kong to the south, Huizhou to the north and northeast and Dongguan to the north and northwest.

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