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Fengshui in Chinese Culture

Fengshui in Chinese culture originated around 2,200 to 2,500 years ago; it was basically used in two aspects: buildings for living people and graveyards of the dead. 

The main concept of Fengshui of Chinese astrology is that the nature is powerful and influential, hence people should respect and make best use of it. 

 

All things in nature, like mountain, earth, star and sun, climate, tree, road, flow of air, river and wind, have their own aura and can affect people, positively or negatively. 

 

Human beings are elements of the whole natural system, and they should try to harmonize with everything inside. 

In Chinese culture, it is believed that good Fengshui could bring people fortune, while bad ones might bring certain damages.

 

Till today, many concepts of Fengshui are still respected and followed by many Chinese.  

Some Important Concepts of Fengshui

  • The concept of whole and balance is important. But while the natural resource is limited, reasonable adjustments are acceptable. 

 

  • All elements of a system influence each other. 

 

  • Fengshui can be observed and considered, using different scales. A city, a town, a village, a house, a single room all can be seen as a Fengshui system. 

 

  • Good Fengshui only brings fortune to decent people with nice moral, quality, or achievements.

 

It is believed that good people are also influential, since they have the aura to positively influence the surroundings, both nearby people and the environment, and vise versa. People’s efforts are important as well. 

 

  • There is no absolute right or wrong. Every situation is different and should be considered from critical and specific perspectives. 

Some Fengshui of Living Apartment

1  The best shape of a whole house is a square or a rectangular. 

 

2  Always face the south.

 

Based on Chinese geology and climate, it's good to keep warm and have better daylighting. 

3  It’s not good to see the toilet door while opening up the front door, since the flow of air of toilet is considered filthy. 

 

Door curtain or folding screen could be a way to ease the situation, if it’s impossible to change. 

 

4  It’s not good to face the corner of a road or a viaduct; directly facing the road is even worse.

 

Technically, while cars passing through, the flow of the surrounding air will be changed easily; the noise and lights of cars might be annoying at night too.

 

In addition, it’s easier to see accidents near corners and intersections.   

 

5  It’s not good if the front door or windows are facing others' wall corners. It looks like a knife pointing at your place.

 

Facing a gap of two tall buildings is not pleasant either, because the wind and flow of air of the gap are considered negative.

 

If it’s unavoidable, try to use plants or curtains to shelter the house from them.

 

6   It’s good to have natural light as much as possible. The light of the sun and moon through the windows are quite positive and pleasant. 

 

7   It’s not good for a bed to face the door or a mirror.

 

Facing the door feels less private; facing a mirror sometimes might be scary, when seeing someone in the mirror at night.

 

8  It’s not good to have a beam above the bed, which may make people feel stressed. 

 

9   It’s not good to hang big pictures, or have a big window in the wall of the head of the bed, for safety reasons. 

 

10  Buildings shaped like U, H, T or a square are not comfortable for people to live.

 

They are considered too windy, and with insufficient flow of air and light. 

 

11  It’s good to hold a party after moving into a new place, especially to places that have been empty for a long time.