How feng shui shaped Hong Kong's skyline

  • に公開 2018/08/01
  • Hong Kong’s superstitious skyline.
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    Hong Kong’s famous skyline is known for its colorful lights and modern buildings, but a closer look reveals some unique designs inspired by feng shui. Like the gaping holes in the middle of buildings to let dragons fly through or cannon-like structures installed to deflect bad “qi” (pronounced chi).
    The main belief in feng shui is that destiny is bound to the environment, so good fortune and harmony can be invited in and bad energy can be warded off by arranging objects and buildings around us. It's an ancient Chinese practice that has come to define Hong Kong's skyline.
    In this episode of Borders, we explore feng shui principles, explain the circumstances that allowed it to flourish in Hong Kong and take a look at the unique designs around the city.
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  • Vox
    Vox  2 ヶ月 前 +1191

    We should clarify that while construction firms have specifically cited feng shui as a motive for putting holes in their buildings, the unique design also has other purposes other than superstition, including heat ventilation and city code compliance. Feng shui is not always a factor in these design decisions but we did hope to show that the belief system has influenced architectural decisions in Hong Kong.

    • Niko Goga
      Niko Goga 25 日 前

      I think you tried to rip some views and saying Feng shui and superstitions does that better than just filming the skyline. I really don't get why they pay this guy cuz this is obviously not his thing , and by this I mean journalism


      note thats its pronounced FEng sUe

    • 黃誠德
      黃誠德 ヶ月 前

      I find some other explanation.
      The first explanation is soothing heat island effect
      The second explanation is to beautify the "Refuge Floor"
      The last explanation is "plot ratios":
      This hole can be excluded from the floor area, so the other apartments can be built higher, (High-rise apartments are more expensive)

    • Konanan
      Konanan ヶ月 前 +1

      No Name you need to relax No Name. I think your feng shui might be disrupted.


      It's nice you clarify this on the comment section, but in the video you actually make this asian people seem stupid for putting holes in their buildings juts to let "dragons pass trough"... I know it was intentional from you to keep (U.S.A) people engaged. But this make you all (Vox People) look dumb to people all over the world who knows the real purpose of the wholes in the building...

  • Sunyuankai Zhang
    Sunyuankai Zhang 2 日 前

    I just think everyone on the earth are equal in many ways no matter which ethnicity you are from, and I am saying 'ALL Racists are Human JUNK'. Do you know how serious that the racism in HK is? Maybe do an episode on that my friend. :)

  • zarovv
    zarovv 3 日 前

    lol this explains why people are still religious to this day. paranoia is a strong emotion.

  • fred asd
    fred asd 4 日 前

    most stupid thing ive ever heard.


    I mean I hate vox in general but this series is ok

  • Elina Karvinen
    Elina Karvinen 6 日 前

    Why is he glitching at 4:29

  • Shou Chong
    Shou Chong 6 日 前

    So, in the East they use fengshui, in the West they use freemasonry, different sides of the same coin! The coin being luciferianism/(satanic/dragon worship 101)!

  • Farhan Ahmed
    Farhan Ahmed 7 日 前

    1:28 Oh yes, I saw this documentary before, many times!!!

  • José Rizal
    José Rizal 8 日 前 +1

    I want to become a feng shui master 😂

  • Steve McFarland
    Steve McFarland 8 日 前

    I'm not sure I've ever commented on JPclips before, and I hate to only chime in now with something negative (and I really really love your videos in general, Vox), but here goes: beyond the simple fact that "dripping with condescension and disbelief " is just not a very pleasant vibe to hang out with for a five minute video, nor a constructive journalistic tone, it's completely insanely absurd, infuriating, and offensive when the two sides of the discussion are a twentysomething white American dude with a GoPro... and an ENTIRE NATION of 5.7 million people. Check yourself, bro. And go home. xo

  • metinhan
    metinhan 8 日 前

    ffs bad things happens everyday. It's easy to make contact between something to them for who haves shitty believes. It's weird how a country full of that kind a people make a great city.

  • Jolteon RL
    Jolteon RL 9 日 前 +1

    Why do you pronounce it "Feng Shwey"?

  • Blobby Blobfish Gaming

    It means in Mandarin “wind water”.

  • mo ANDthe beast
    mo ANDthe beast 9 日 前

    This series is hands down the best series on JPclips. No exaggeration when I say that.

  • Hong kong Country Ball


  • Mitchel
    Mitchel 12 日 前

    Interesting, I've always wanted to go to Hong Kong but never thought about china much. Hong Kong just seems more interesting to me then the rest of china.

  • kawala Dy
    kawala Dy 13 日 前

    3:30 hey... I’ve been there when I was like 10 years old. Good memories

  • Varian
    Varian 13 日 前

    btw fung swui in Chinese is called 風水

  • rambobunny1
    rambobunny1 13 日 前

    The Chinese government are bastard suns Great father sent their culture to die

  • Mr.T Unexpected
    Mr.T Unexpected 14 日 前

    Fresh. Many details. I staid in China for 5 years and visited HK almost every month ( visa issue ) this video is bringing knowledge

  • Shantanu R
    Shantanu R 14 日 前

    ok. the anchor gives really stupid explanations about QI and DRAGONS. they are just symbolic and have other meanings. Secondly it seems to be working for hong kong. :D So this stuff must hold some truth to it. India has much refined version of FENG SHUI its called VAASTU SHASTRA.

  • Mr Woodgate
    Mr Woodgate 14 日 前 +1

    feng shui is a classical chinese culture, which hong Kong has been following for hundreds of years

  • Jacky Yang
    Jacky Yang 14 日 前

    This is not true, the talker dislike and black China using wrong or incomplete information. I have been in Honghong for many years. Without support of central government, HK will't in this way, especially in financial crisis period.

  • Y L
    Y L 15 日 前

    This is a very informative video, but I personally feel that the tone of voice at for example 4:31 sounds sarcastic, as if the culture was a joke to the narrator.

  • joshua wang
    joshua wang 16 日 前

    im learning more in these videos than in school

  • Mark C
    Mark C 18 日 前

    Why does his black shirt look like it’s gleaming. Soo weird...

  • Sean Pan
    Sean Pan 18 日 前

    Erase border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

  • Ichiro J95
    Ichiro J95 20 日 前

    I was just in Hong Kong in Septemberr of 2017

  • Prime No. 6
    Prime No. 6 20 日 前

    next oceans (danny and the gang) movie needs to happen in asia

  • UltraViolent
    UltraViolent 21 日 前

    I like Hong Kong and all that, but let's acknowledge that really think boi with the water bottle in his back pocket at 3:50. 3,000k IQ

  • noablaespano
    noablaespano 22 日 前 +1

    A lot of Americans high rise have no 13 floors. It goes from 12 floors to 14 floors

  • Jacob Richardson
    Jacob Richardson 23 日 前

    Stupid idea...

  • Ernesto Lopez
    Ernesto Lopez 23 日 前


  • Danilo Bizzarro
    Danilo Bizzarro 23 日 前

    Save the Dragons !!!

  • Colin SINGSON [09M1]

    0:25 that’s where most of my friends live

  • Simon Lau
    Simon Lau 24 日 前

    1. you said “風水” (feng shui) is a superstitious Chinese tradition, then you bring up the Bank of China tower thing.
    2. During the cultural revolution period, people in China risked their lives to preserve many old traditions, included “風水” (feng shui). And make no mistake, “風水” (feng shui) was preserved by previous generations of Chinese in Hong Kong during the time of being British colony, British just don't give a damn about it.

  • Is me Metisonn
    Is me Metisonn 24 日 前

    Isn’t it pronounced feng shui? you would actually spell it?

  • Bogdana Filonich
    Bogdana Filonich 25 日 前

    I want more videos about feng Shui in HK! This is so interesting!!!!!

  • Cre8tv Productions
    Cre8tv Productions 26 日 前

    It's not literal dragon but the flow of energy/chi

  • Dan Lyle
    Dan Lyle 27 日 前

    So, if I organise my stuff I can channel Qi, does this mean I can then punch a dragon in the heart and become the Immortal Iron Fist?

  • E Am
    E Am 28 日 前 +1

    The canon-thing is awesome

  • Karish Madhavan
    Karish Madhavan 28 日 前

    Chinese version of vastu

  • dano
    dano 29 日 前

    great info, all a bit small I get it now! thank you, sir.

  • bex FX
    bex FX ヶ月 前

    it is pronounced as fung shuy

  • Ermin Mejremic
    Ermin Mejremic ヶ月 前

    Lmfaoo dragons 🐉

  • voiceofseasons
    voiceofseasons ヶ月 前

    So that is why it's so expensive to live in Hong Kong. Holes instead of rooms.

  • Bryan William
    Bryan William ヶ月 前

    Chinese people who live in Indonesia also believe in Feng shui and affected their houses

  • Mr All Sunday
    Mr All Sunday ヶ月 前

    nice chanel..complex information, less boring

  • F lung
    F lung ヶ月 前

    Well, my grand uncle is the feng shui advisor to the governor of Hong Kong back then, and still serving Queen Elizabeth II today. They really paid millions each year to him, just hear some construction or interior design advises. My grand uncle told me that he doesn’t believe feng shui in a way like a religion, he thinks it isn’t scientific, but useful enough to call it a tool. And this is exactly the reason why feng shui has preserved and still practiced throughout the Chinese history.

  • Mt. me
    Mt. me ヶ月 前

    Can't the dragons fly over or around the buildings lmao

  • Sonic Maurice Fase 4 the Hedgehog

    How to understand Feng Shui:Metaphor.

  • Matt Wood
    Matt Wood ヶ月 前

    Why are you walking around “vlogging ”? Can Vox not afford to do a proper voiceover or interview? How does being out of breath and doing a Skyping-your-mom-POV make this video any more effective or entertaining?

  • Nox Kot
    Nox Kot ヶ月 前

    Cant the dragons just fly over the buildings?

  • 0
    0 ヶ月 前

    Now, how is Hong Kong's lucky energy today? Is fungshui still benefits to it

  • CheeseTruffles
    CheeseTruffles ヶ月 前

    3:00 Are you sure they're not just trying to kill the competition? hehe

  • An Leng Uy
    An Leng Uy ヶ月 前

    Wish we have dragons in my country, too. Buildings here are ugly.

  • 林峻生
    林峻生 ヶ月 前

    The Cheung Kong Center, between the Bank of China and HSBC and owned by Li Ka Shing, the richest guy in Hong Kong , are said to have angled the building and exterior design that metaphors as armor to defend and reflect the damage of the two rivaling banks in order to protect their Feng Shui/ business

  • gastly boy
    gastly boy ヶ月 前

    fucken scalies

  • Rohit Kumar
    Rohit Kumar ヶ月 前

    That's Vaastu Shastra.

  • Vinit Patel
    Vinit Patel ヶ月 前 +1

    Pretty sure that the dragons can just fly over the skyline

  • Goobye USA
    Goobye USA ヶ月 前

    Chinese government needs to send troops in and beat the crap out of any Hong Kong protestors. HONG KONG = CHINA

  • TheCoper COper
    TheCoper COper ヶ月 前

    And that's why superstitious bullshit has no place in modern world.

  • Yag Shemash
    Yag Shemash ヶ月 前

    Retarded Hong Kongers! They desperately need a Maoist Cultural Revolution to finish off with this backwards medieval practice...and with capitalism!

  • Ekatheryna Jimenez
    Ekatheryna Jimenez ヶ月 前

    I really fall in love of this series in HK, the way u share the histories, I love it :)

  • Ivan Cupnoodles
    Ivan Cupnoodles ヶ月 前

    To my Cantonese friends, say wind water and you know what hes talking about

  • Tumpal Sagala
    Tumpal Sagala ヶ月 前


  • Justin Chen
    Justin Chen ヶ月 前

    Please stop saying "fung". There's no 'u'. Hurts the ears.

  • IamMe
    IamMe ヶ月 前

    bad title for the video.

  • dhruv verma
    dhruv verma ヶ月 前

    It is very similar to vaastu shastra of Hindu mythology

  • Luca
    Luca ヶ月 前

    Anyone here bc of Shadowrun Hong Kong??

  • Dainius Varanauskas
    Dainius Varanauskas ヶ月 前

    Link this to Neil Degrasse Tyson. LMAO. Wtf.

  • 焦泽洪
    焦泽洪 ヶ月 前


  • superchan7
    superchan7 ヶ月 前

    Wasn't the BOC Tower completed in 1989, 3 years after Governor Youde died?

  • bamdadkhan
    bamdadkhan ヶ月 前

    fung shooay? xDDD

    TOON GOON ヶ月 前

    This guy loves a dramatic pause ay.

  • Henry A.
    Henry A. ヶ月 前

    A much longer video is needed.

  • iwe timer
    iwe timer ヶ月 前

    They were too afraid of number 4

  • Warathanut S.
    Warathanut S. ヶ月 前

    Khaleesi would love to take this city for her children. "drah-KAH-ris!!!!"

  • Joe Andrews
    Joe Andrews ヶ月 前

    How can u claim feng shui when u jam everything in one spot.

  • The Progressive Atheist 2411

    When you spend millions of dollars to accommodate an invisible dragon. How do we owe them so much money?

  • ReDragon
    ReDragon ヶ月 前

    dumbines at it's finest

  • Big Smoke
    Big Smoke 2 ヶ月 前

    Well, they are stupid.

  • Imran K Syed
    Imran K Syed 2 ヶ月 前

    Love this series!!!

  • Peter Kerr
    Peter Kerr 2 ヶ月 前

    In the 1980s I was working in the Arctic and some divers who were working with me suggested I check out Thailand for a trip when they heard me talking about wanting to see somewhere different when I got off for the Winter.
    I had never heard of anyone going there at the time and those divers had been working off shore somewhere and didn't have much information other than it's an interesting place. On the plane to Hong Kong I began reading a little bit about Thailand . One thing I remember reading said that you shouldn't be too surprised if you go to a village and have a nice time but the locals fire a rifle at you and start shouting as if they're angry with you , it's just their way to keep the spirits happy with them if you have blocked a door or a window like those Dragon holes in the Hong Kong buildings .
    The article was describing pretty much the same thing but inside houses and buildings , so in order to prevent the spirits from being upset at them because you blocked the door or window , they pretend to be angry at you and might fire a shot or two in your direction as part of the actt to fool the spirits .

  • Daniel
    Daniel 2 ヶ月 前

    Did the change the title?

  • seven Kitty
    seven Kitty 2 ヶ月 前

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  • six Kitty
    six Kitty 2 ヶ月 前

    🆚🆚看美女大尺度写真➕微信girL6393🚇郭富城和 vvv 吃点好么、

  • The Legend
    The Legend 2 ヶ月 前

    That's very interesting because I've always heard people say they love that bank building, mostly tourists that is, but now that you mention it that building just doesn't look like it should be there.

  • 華玉講堂-澄溪Daoism Auditorium

    ignorant! ignorant Ignorant!! ask the designers...all for the aesthetic reason..nothing got to do with Feng SHUI!! get the fact right buddy!

  • Smoking gas Do the dash

    I love this so much thanks Vox

  • Christian Bucic
    Christian Bucic 2 ヶ月 前

    interesting topic

  • Nathan Seaton
    Nathan Seaton 2 ヶ月 前

    For those of you who say that feng sui is stupid, I bet that most of you probably do not have any extensive knowledge of eastern/Chinese philosophy. Using logic or "logos" to try to even understand qi, will leave you confused because you are trying to use a western philosophical theory of reasoning to comprehend something backed by Chinese philosophical reasoning. In Chinese philosophy there is a metaphysical concept called tian, which a good translation of it would be "reality in its self" and in tian there is only 1 reality, but however there are different levels of perception of this reality. Qi, in Chinese philosophy is something that naturally flows through our metaphysical reality that every living thing essentially needs. I'm Chinese philosophy, unwanted, or bad things happen as a result of qi, that is misbalnced. If one uses the Chinese epistemological theory of reasoning, which is to extend your imagination or knowledge of one thing to something else. In this case we use our knowledge of qi, and by extending our imagination we can think that just as qi affects a person's well being, it will also affect an area as well because not just humans are part of tian, all of reality you see, including the buildings are part of tian, and thus, can be affected by metaphysical concepts such as qi. If any of this is confusing please feel free to ask questions about Chinese philosophy in the comments below. I will do my best yo help you all understand the reasoning behind these buildings.

  • MoonMoon
    MoonMoon 2 ヶ月 前

    how to pronounce feng shui,
    f + eng(english)
    i (we)

  • Crown Admirer
    Crown Admirer 2 ヶ月 前

    For an "atheist" country, it's quiet superstitious.

  • JazevoAudiosurf
    JazevoAudiosurf 2 ヶ月 前

    while thats a bunch of nonsense it gives it a futuristic and interesting look and a story

  • Frank Bowman
    Frank Bowman 2 ヶ月 前

    If this seems crazy to you, just remember that you or someone you love believes that two thousand years ago a Palestinian teenager gave birth to God.

  • detecтιve• ғιѕнoe•

    As expensive it may be, this is actually very cool and most of all; unique!

  • shaf khan
    shaf khan 2 ヶ月 前

    I love so much and wana Marry you

  • needanit
    needanit 2 ヶ月 前

    hummm dragon issues? we need dragon masters

  • Sam Weth
    Sam Weth 2 ヶ月 前

    Oh so this explains that shadowrun HK plotpoint.