My Feng Shui Journey in Hong Kong & China
Carol Ramsden – Feng Shui Qi
My Feng Shui journey of 3 wonderful weeks in Hong Kong & China incorporated Jodi’s Tour, few days in Shanghai to explore myself, Stephen Skinners course and finally the IFSC Convention.
First stop Hong Kong where we visited the Daoist Wong Tai Sin Temple built in 1921, dedicated to Chinese religions including Buddhism and Confucianism. We paid our respects to local deities and discussed the Feng Shui settings including the Lion Rock Hill, located behind the temple. It was clear to see how the environmental features supported this temple. Interestingly, the temple has also undergone a major renovation to change to Period 8 building.
Next we visited the Chi Lin Nunnery, a Tang Dynasty style Buddhist Temple, being the largest timber complex in the world. We observed the Feng Shui of the Chi Lin Complex facing south west (kun) being very apt for a nunnery.
We ferried across to see spectacular Hong Kong harbour at night. Looking at Hong Kong Island from the mainland side we could see clearly how mountains and water were embracing it, with Hong Kong island being located in the belly of the dragon being such favourable Feng Shui .
We explored the famous Hong Kong Financial District where HKSBC and BOC buildings are located to discuss how they were built using Feng Shui principles and why HKSB is the most famous Feng Shui designed building in Hong Kong. It was great to explore from all angles in real life and see how the ground floor is open allowing the WS8 to enter from behind.
We took the cable car up Victoria Peak and observed the many Feng Shui sites including Hong Kong’s Nine Dragons.
We caught the bullet train and arrived to the wondrous Guilin landscape. The highlight of the entire trip for me was a 4hr boat journey down Guilin’s famous River Li. Along the way we saw the magnificent mountains and dramatic landscape and limestone karsts. We studied the forms of the mountains and why villages were located on certain mountains. Every bend of the river was a beautiful but different scene. The Li River is truly a very special place indeed. I have only come across a few places like this in the world where I actually felt very privileged to be there.
Our next visit was Ming tombs of Prince JingJiang, the largest tomb complex in China, where the landforms were very auspicious. The mausoleums set amidst lush pine trees and surrounded by mountains and hills. The tombs are located at the foot of Yao Mountain. A babbling stream runs gently through from left to right passing through the front. All of this indicates excellent feng shui, and decided where the Ming Tombs in Beijing were located. Over 300 tombs scatter around the 4-hectare site. We visited the Mansion of Prince Jingiang where we climbed up Solitary Beauty Peak to get an even better view of Guilin to observe the amazing landforms and confirm why this auspicious site was chosen for the burials of kings.
Hangzhou a famous historical city is known as “Paradise on Earth” with its picturesque landscape. We were fortunate to be in Hangzhou when the famous Osmanthus was in bloom, you could smell the sweet scent everywhere. We took a buggy ride around famous West Lake saw many pagodas, causeways, bridges etc. Stopping at Leifing Pagoda a five storey tower located on Sunset Hill south of West Lake. The original purpose of the pagoda was to house Buddha’s relics. We climbed to the top to see the spectacular sunset.
We visited the Ba Gua field a famous spot in Hangzhou with great Feng Shui significance showing the 8 diagrams of yin and yang. It is also the location of the ruins of the local King’s palace lying at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain.
Next was Alibaba.com headquarters to discuss the Feng Shui to see why it’s China’s most successful e-commerce company. They appear to have followed Feng Shui principles and are preparing for Period 9 as we speak.
We visited the famous Dragon Well Longjing Tea Plantation and learnt about the process of tea making and actually went into the field’s tea picking. We discussed local landforms to understand why this valley is famous and produces the finest green tea in China.
Next, we climbed up the mountain to visit a local temple. On the way down we met an old fortune teller and we asked if he would share his Feng Shui knowledge. For a small fee he agreed and our guide translated for us. He said the temple was built in this location because it needed mountain at the back (north) for tortoise, water in front (south) for phoenix, mountain on left (west) for white tiger and water on right (east) for dragon. He explained the animals were placed this way to reflect the actual land forms in China, being mountains in north and west, the sea in the east and sun in the south. He also mentioned that the site should ideally have water coming from the tiger side passing through the front to the dragon side where it exits. He was very interesting indeed and made Feng Shui sound so simple.
Our group visited 3 local clients in Hong Kong & China for Feng Shui consultations We had several brainstorming sessions on the premises, proving very interesting.
We caught bullet train from Hangzhou to Shanghai, the largest Chinese city with a population of more than 27 million, being the global financial centre, transport hub with the world’s busiest port. We visited Yu Yuan Gardens and Old Shanghai precinct where famous classical gardens in southern China spread over 5 acres, complete with temples, rebuilt ming and qing dynasty buildings, 9 cornered zig-zag bridge, mid lake pavilion and lotus pond. Every time you turn a corner you have a beautiful but very different landscape scene.
Another interesting place was the Shanghai Museum. The building is designed in the shape of an ancient bronze cooking vessel called a “Ding”.
Next I attended “Advanced Flying Stars” course with Grand Master Dr Stephen Skinner – very informative indeed. Finally, I attended the IFSC 12th Annual International Feng Shui Convention.
All in all, I had a wonderful experience in China, gained a wealth of Feng Shui knowledge, made lots of new Feng Shui friends and returned home richer in knowledge and spirit.
Senior Feng Shui Practitioner – FSRC
Feng Shui Qi
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