Culture - 风水(fēnɡ shuǐ)

by Wendy

风水(fēnɡ shuǐ) - Feng Shui is a mystical knowledge in China. People believe that the basic elements of things on the earth originated from air, water and land. The improvement of Feng Shui will improve the relationship between humans and nature. 

Feng Shui is widely used in architecture and interior design. Chinese believe that the best houses should be integrated into nature . Water brings vitality and fish brings good luck... These elements determine the quality of Feng Shui.

Feng Shui involves medicine, architecture and philosophy. Chinese put emphasis on Feng Shui and the harmonious relationship between humans and nature. This is Feng Shui, complicated and mysterious.

风水是中国非常神秘的一门学术。人们认为在地球上,万物的基础,都来自空气、水份和土地。改善风水,就是改善人与自然的关系。

风水最大的用途是在建筑和布置家居上。中国人认为,最好的房子要融在大自然里。有水会带来生机和活力,有鱼会带来好运,这些都是决定风水好坏的因素。

风水包含了医学、建筑学和哲学。中国人看重风水,着重人与自然的调和与平衡, 它复杂而神秘。这就是风水。

Suntec City - a good example of Feng Shui

新达城(Xīn Dá Chénɡ) - Suntec City is a good example of Feng Shui. 

Completed in 1997, the building’s design and architecture places heavy emphasis on Feng Shui.

Suntec City is designed in the shape of an open hand, with the five towers representing fingers. Some claim that the fingers’ connections to the palm symbolize Singapore’s different races living in harmony, although this could also be interpreted as achieving financial gain through unity and cooperation.

The “hand” of Suntec City can be described as not just an open hand, but also one with its five fingers pointing up at the sky to be beckoning to the Central Business District and absorbing the positive 气(qì) - qi from there.

Apart from its megamall, Suntec City is also home to the famous Fountain of Wealth - 财富之泉(Cái Fù Zhī Quán). Since it sits on reclaimed land, a Feng Shui layout where water is kept in the “palm” is essential for the building to receive and retain qi.  It generates an excellent energy field. If you happen to be at Suntec City, circle the fountain thrice and you might be able to absorb the aura of wealth from it:-))

Furthermore, do you know that the five towers of Suntec City are also named in Chinese: 仁、义、礼、智、信, which are the 5 constant virtues of Confucianism?

仁(rén) - benevolence

义(yì) - righteousness

礼(lǐ) - propriety

智(zhì) - wisdom

信(xìn) - faith


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