Location, Location, Location
Yes, Hong Kong’s wealth could be put down to the rigorous work ethic of its citizens and its history of acting as a gateway to the Mainland, but feng shui masters would say the city’s physical geography plays a crucial part too.
That’s because Hong Kong, according to the principles of feng shui and geomancy, exists in an almost perfect location. Ideally, houses and cities are supposed to be ‘bound by mountains and near water’. Mountains act as a defence against inclement weather and invaders, while water is a source of life and a useful means of transportation. Surrounded by the South China Sea and covered in mountains, our SAR is blessed.
A deeper analysis of Hong Kong’s good fortune is possible according to Master Peter So Man-fung, one of Hong Kong’s highest profile feng shui masters. He says: “From the angle of feng shui, Victoria Harbour is the main factor for Hong Kong’s prosperity. The harbour is deep enough to accumulate wealth and wide enough to keep the treasure. It forms the configuration of a large amount of inflow but a small amount of outflow.” He goes further, revealing: “Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula together form a greeting and seeing-off terrain. It is like Central warmly greeting Tsim Sha Tsui with its arms open wide. The feng shui energy is then stored in these two areas and radiates to all other directions and the centre grid of Hong Kong.”
The importance of feng shui in our territory has long been recognised. Tai Fu Tai Mansion in San Tin, believed to have been constructed in 1865 by a Qing dynasty official, before the New Territories became part of Hong Kong in 1898, is ideally situated in front of four hills and two water channels. Similarly, Sheung Wo Hang in the northeastern New Territories, founded around 1750, is noteworthy for having been designed with great care for taking into account various feng shui environmental elements.
Clearly, feng shui has been accorded influence in Hong Kong for centuries and existed courtesy of influence from the Mainland. Beijing’s Forbidden Palace was constructed in the 15th century according to many feng shui principles in order to bolster its fortunes, including the practice of having a mountain to the rear and a river in front. The geographical aspects that made this possible, the Jinshui River and Wansui Mountain, were both articially created solely for this purpose.