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  6 ヶ月 前 +1472

    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.

    • fair weather
      fair weather ヶ月 前

    • The Boyo
      The Boyo 2 ヶ月 前


    • UseFreeSpeech
      UseFreeSpeech 3 ヶ月 前 +2

      soo you basicly saying that the whole video is a lie?
      okay. nvm

    • 龙虎山Handsome
      龙虎山Handsome 3 ヶ月 前

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    • Niko Goga
      Niko Goga 4 ヶ月 前 +1

      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

  • Han
    Han 日 前

    LOL HONG KONG people are so dumb. If stupid feng shui really works then why is Hong Kong losing to many other Chinese cities now.

  • AHellReign
    AHellReign 2 日 前

    Hong Kong and NYC are such beautiful cities

  • Jarred King
    Jarred King 3 日 前

    I can’t handle this dudes shirt

  • 源 支
    源 支 3 日 前

    fengshui is 风水 wind and water

  • Rodney Koh
    Rodney Koh 3 日 前

    FengShui is plain common sense and deeply rooted in science. Singapore city planners use windflow modelling to orientate the facing of highrise buildings so that breeze (and hence Chi) can permeate an estate.

  • JBass14
    JBass14 4 日 前


  • Günter Roth
    Günter Roth 4 日 前

    feng shui always works....
    if you apply it... and something good happens... its due to your use of feng shui
    if you apply it... and something bad happens... it would have been much worse,if you would'nt have used feng shui
    if you DON'T apply it... and something good happens... it would have been even better, if you would'nt have used feng shui
    if you DON'T apply it... and something bad's your fault, as you do not use feng shui...
    But apart from that, it is a believe and feeling to be respected, and if it is important to the people, simply respect it...
    like in Europe wearing wearing hats and wigs centuries ago... or todays homeopathy treatments...
    more scientific it is called PLACEBO... and it works...
    so respect the believing, but the believers should not force unbelievers, like in the case of the towerwith the edges...

  • zach hipsley
    zach hipsley 5 日 前 +1

    TIL that the majority of Hong Kong has the same beliefs as an average 6 year old

  • Alfred Wang
    Alfred Wang 8 日 前

    Informative, that’s nice. But saying that the reason why Feng Shui is preserved in Hong Kong alone seems forced, for me.😂😂 please explain in detail😂

  • Joy Channing
    Joy Channing 8 日 前

    Many HK’s buildings have very interesting stories behind. Lol

  • 임준석
    임준석 9 日 前

    Not only China but also many East Asian countries have had this Fung Shei(풍수 in Korean) tradition.
    It's evident in many rural areas where villages are formed in a way to be in conformity with the 'Flow of Energy'.
    Of course it is not a serious belief but rather a tradition that is respected.

  • Shun
    Shun 11 日 前

    A lot of money being wasted on old superstitious practices which should been eliminated in modern times by now.... This money could've been put to better use.

  • Kevin Xu
    Kevin Xu 12 日 前

    stupid Vox

  • x c'HEN
    x c'HEN 12 日 前


  • Jeeves Schadauer
    Jeeves Schadauer 13 日 前

    This reminds me of that episode from cowboy bebop

  • Crystal Foam
    Crystal Foam 13 日 前

    3:50 looks like the guy noticed you talking

  • un3diecreator
    un3diecreator 15 日 前

    Those are not fend Shui. Stop making this inaccurate claim. You should go Macau casino for that

  • Deadly Panther
    Deadly Panther 15 日 前


  • RKOCyrus
    RKOCyrus 17 日 前

    Oriental dragon is a good luck symbol
    But the hole is useless unless to allow the wind bypassing

  • Joseph Lioce
    Joseph Lioce 20 日 前


  • packlesswolf1
    packlesswolf1 20 日 前

    I'm curious what's the biggest flashiest city world? Lights nightlife . Like cyberpunk

  • Winona
    Winona 21 日 前

    My mum, from Hong Kong, is VERY into Feng Shui and I always thought it was hilarious how seriously she took it BUT I DIDN'T REALISE HOW MUCH IT HAD AFFECTED HONG KONG HAHAHHA THE CANONS???

  • andywolan
    andywolan 21 日 前

    OMG, the HSBC building does have "cannons" on top of the building! I always jokingly thought that, but did not realize that was the true intent. Does anyone know if this "cannon" design is true for buildings in Shanghai as well?

  • alexander yong
    alexander yong 22 日 前

    The host is nice looking

  • 虞海
    虞海 22 日 前

    When US media interviewing a WASP Evangelical missionary in China -
    Q: So what do you think about China?
    A: No religion.
    Q: No belief?
    A: No belief.
    Q: What about Hong Kong?
    A: So _feng shui_ is the ancient Chinese superstition blah blah blah.
    P.S. I am just joking and it's not about this report or reporter.

  • high C 35
    high C 35 24 日 前

    Why is he saying fung shuei

  • 王雪兒
    王雪兒 25 日 前

    Borders really does such a good job at unpacking real-world issues in a way that's interesting and easy to understand-thank you so much for this series! (I'm doing a research project on Hong Kong and I was wondering if anyone knows where I can get a citation to back what was mentioned in the video on superstitions still being commonplace in HK because they weren't affected by the cultural revolution on the mainland?)

  • anh da đen
    anh da đen 28 日 前


  • Viva la China
    Viva la China ヶ月 前

    4:20 that building which you said "people freak out because they look like smoking cigarette", that's not why people dislike it. People dislike it because it looks like a incense which Chinese use to worship the dead. We really really really don't like anything related to death (in fact we don't have 4th floor because four sounded like "dead" in Cantonese. We skip the 4th floor and name it "5th floor", so does 14th,24th,34th... and so on)

  • Forexalised
    Forexalised ヶ月 前

    I don't buy it.
    The gaps in between the buildings are larger than in the buildings.

  • D Leong
    D Leong ヶ月 前

    I need to open a hole in ur body. Its good for luck.

  • Use Code Ceeday
    Use Code Ceeday ヶ月 前

    The twin towers had a hole in it once.

  • Bushka Kath
    Bushka Kath ヶ月 前

    Every hole is a good hole

  • Mike Koh
    Mike Koh ヶ月 前

    basically geomancy

  • throne black
    throne black ヶ月 前

    You can see Feng Shui culture from Cowboy Bebop 21 episode hahaha

  • Info Luxx Hotel
    Info Luxx Hotel ヶ月 前

    Hey Johnny, Vox,,,I am so down to being your travel buddy! Love what and how you are educating us .... I will call this BEST of show on YT!!

  • E O
    E O ヶ月 前

    Funk Shui

  • Janelle honey-Badger

    Is this a scientifically proven thing? Or is it the same as taking Rhino horn, tiger balls, sun bear organ stuff to prevent impotence or some crazy belief, like "tortured animals taste better" insanity. You'd think these beliefs would disappear the more contact they have with western society. They're like things a child would believe.

    • isaac ng
      isaac ng 27 日 前

      To be fair, western societies have equally many beliefs that are not scientifically proven. Also, feng shui is so integrated into chinese culture that it is basically impossible for it to "disappear."

  • 王SynDyer
    王SynDyer ヶ月 前

    We have these kinda practices in Canton/Guangzhou as well. There is one famous ancient building on the top of the Yuexiu mountain was built to tame the southern dragon of China in case ppl here would go against the authorities(meaning emperor at the time). It is well kept and maintained till today by generations of governments, rumor has it even the mao time during the cultural revolution, it is still secretly maintained and visited.

  • md mithu
    md mithu ヶ月 前

    md mithu

  • Olga Zaritskaya
    Olga Zaritskaya ヶ月 前

    Omg ! So interesting !!!

  • TheInflatableFeast
    TheInflatableFeast ヶ月 前

    What's going on with his shirt?

  • Kadinette
    Kadinette ヶ月 前


  • Jenny Fanny
    Jenny Fanny ヶ月 前

    what? fengshui compensations? LOL

  • kenlau135
    kenlau135 ヶ月 前

    You know what? British occupied Hong Kong because of feng shui!

  • Dan Sul
    Dan Sul ヶ月 前


  • Thomas Oeler
    Thomas Oeler ヶ月 前

    Wow, all i can hear is antichina propaganda. Nice job would goebbels say

  • Inception 4
    Inception 4 ヶ月 前

    Now we know the diameter and stuff of the dragons

  • Alex
    Alex ヶ月 前

    wasn't that hole made to prevent typhoon from collapsing a building?

  • Lam Par
    Lam Par ヶ月 前 +1

    Wow! High rise buildings in Hong Kong have 'hole' in them, according to feng shui master, it is to allow ' sea dragon' fly through them, to avoid collision. oh I see!

  • Bosnian Dragon
    Bosnian Dragon ヶ月 前

    I am pleased.

  • DeezDeez news Official

    They have a space problem yet they have giant holes in buildings

  • MarkTheKing
    MarkTheKing ヶ月 前 +1

    this is so superficial, feng shuei has nothing to do with superstition or dragons or bad luck. It has to do with energy and how architecture affects our lives, something i thought was stupid until i experienced it myself. I lived in bad places and i was always down, depressed, etc... I understood that the place we live, the position, the view, everything affects our psychology. Maybe on some people more than on others, but it does. Think about it, you will find that is true.

  • Ikromov Kalandarbek
    Ikromov Kalandarbek ヶ月 前

    😂😂😂 cannons, war of luck

  • Ikromov Kalandarbek
    Ikromov Kalandarbek ヶ月 前

    😂😂😂😂 dragons

  • Orgil Battulga
    Orgil Battulga ヶ月 前

    so its basically superstition?

  • LzFP56 PA
    LzFP56 PA ヶ月 前

    I can’t take it when he says “so next time your crossing this harbor to look at the buildings remember feng shui” .....yeah dude i’ll totally be passing through China next Monday i’ll keep that in mind.. lol?

  • Admin
    Admin ヶ月 前

    Feng-shui is a Chinese version of Geomancy. The dragon they referred to is actually the flow of energy or chi which can affect luck.

  • Northern Lighting
    Northern Lighting ヶ月 前

    Stupidity is unbelievable people actually believe this crap yes and there is no 4th floor in buildings they skip that

  • Andy sun
    Andy sun 2 ヶ月 前

    One problem, why does bank of china doesn’t get bad luck but things around it XD

    • isaac ng
      isaac ng 27 日 前

      Because it is sharp corners that are bad in feng shui. The sharp corners are not facing the bank of china's building.

  • doe3879
    doe3879 2 ヶ月 前

    um excuse me, I believe it's pronounced wind-water
    but stupid but I love the out come of the build, it's a shame government and average citizen (usually older generation) are willing/demanding to spend money on it.

  • shara30000
    shara30000 2 ヶ月 前

    If my company got a feng shui bill, I'd interrogate all the interns to find out who keeps ordering so much god damn feng shui

  • 앗살라마고메다
    앗살라마고메다 2 ヶ月 前

    꿀잼이네 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

  • Mr Peco
    Mr Peco 2 ヶ月 前

    who pays this guy to do this crap

  • Davenn
    Davenn 2 ヶ月 前

    But what if the dragons are too big?

  • Foxy Eagle
    Foxy Eagle 2 ヶ月 前

    They put a canon??

  • K E
    K E 2 ヶ月 前

    This is by far my favorite series. I am constantly fascinated with your stories. Keep up the great reporting.

  • Victor Ehigiamusoe
    Victor Ehigiamusoe 2 ヶ月 前

    i'm mad you ain't say " feng SHUI is at PLAY in the Hong Kong skyline TODAY"

  • dzunepwnsipod
    dzunepwnsipod 2 ヶ月 前

    Wow. People actually believe that?

  • Shankar S
    Shankar S 2 ヶ月 前

    Poor use of space.
    -MKBHD c.2017

  • D
    D 2 ヶ月 前 +1

    I like how he consistently highlights Feng shui while simultaneously looking down his nose at it. Way to respect your topic.

  • Marius VanDamme
    Marius VanDamme 2 ヶ月 前

    Hong Kong is fascinating. I wanna go there.

  • Angie Garcia-Paz
    Angie Garcia-Paz 2 ヶ月 前

    I love this series 🙌🏽

  • Hai Hay
    Hai Hay 2 ヶ月 前

    feng sweeei kwwkkwkwk

  • Bo Yang
    Bo Yang 2 ヶ月 前

    Superstitions 😂

  • himanshu
    himanshu 2 ヶ月 前

    Dragons from heaven: "you dickheads"

  • MikeSaidHeep
    MikeSaidHeep 2 ヶ月 前

    Putting holes in your buildings so invisible dragons can fly through them... that rocks.

  • Armored OH YEAH Yeah
    Armored OH YEAH Yeah 2 ヶ月 前

    Look at those buildings with holes: that’s what she said ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Gaurav Shukla
    Gaurav Shukla 2 ヶ月 前

    Well, That's Glory Hole for dragon :p

  • Lolcatz52
    Lolcatz52 2 ヶ月 前

    Impulse bay!!

  • Yu weihao
    Yu weihao 2 ヶ月 前

    风水 is really stupid

  • ╬K■Konti:
    ╬K■Konti: 2 ヶ月 前

    this guy clearly is a non-believer well feng shui ois real maddaffffackaaaah

  • aTallGuyNH
    aTallGuyNH 2 ヶ月 前

    That first track... Wow. Totally lit.
    Found it here:

  • Hi4lili
    Hi4lili 2 ヶ月 前

    So the dragon can't fly between the massive space separating the buildings or just fly a lil' higher

  • Patrick Tyler
    Patrick Tyler 2 ヶ月 前 +2

    You don't pronounce Feng shui right my dude.

  • Abel Aguiar
    Abel Aguiar 2 ヶ月 前

    Maybe Feng Shui doesn't necessarily conduct luck but it does make a city's skyline beautiful

  • Yoshiaki Okaguchi
    Yoshiaki Okaguchi 2 ヶ月 前

    Honestly, I've lived in Hong Kong for 4 years, and I never knew this

  • MrOliverYT
    MrOliverYT 2 ヶ月 前

    you know the reason why people made a hole in the buildings are because then they wont block the sea view / people living behind those buildings can see through the hole

  • 龙虎山Handsome
    龙虎山Handsome 3 ヶ月 前

    HK COMPANY can open Sinpagore account
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    Trademark registration, 🏃🏻‍♂️the earlier the better!
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  • James P
    James P 3 ヶ月 前

    Superstition is such a trip

  • 凡哥
    凡哥 3 ヶ月 前

    The highest house price in the world。

  • Shekhar Karki
    Shekhar Karki 3 ヶ月 前

    I can't believe superstition can be so cool in modern world.

  • Director Lunchie
    Director Lunchie 3 ヶ月 前

    qi ain't superstition you white meat, Qi is oriental medicine, is taught in TCM school. idiot

  • Kat Martin
    Kat Martin 3 ヶ月 前

    This sounds a lot like how my brand of OCD works

    CJFLCC CJFLCC 3 ヶ月 前

    So VOX does real news and real reporting and then it does bullshit completely biased reporting. Ok.. weird.

  • Viva la China
    Viva la China 3 ヶ月 前 +6

    4:20 that building which you said "people freak out because they look like smoking cigarette", that's not why people dislike it. People dislike it because it looks like a incense which Chinese use to worship the dead. We really really really don't like anything related to death (in fact we don't have 4th floor because four sounded like "dead" in Cantonese. We skip the 4th floor and name it "5th floor", so does 14th,24th,34th... and so on)

  • hyou zan ren
    hyou zan ren 3 ヶ月 前

    the dragon warrior Po approved this building!

  • Luck Benny Toussaint
    Luck Benny Toussaint 3 ヶ月 前


  • Doc Kozo
    Doc Kozo 3 ヶ月 前

    All sounds like bullsh*t