How feng shui shaped Hong Kong's skyline

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  • 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  10 ヶ月 前 +1866

    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.

    • Xeph Xen
      Xeph Xen 9 日 前

      @No Name Literally no one is denying how superstitious western society.

    • Go_Ranger_Go!
      Go_Ranger_Go! 22 日 前

      Its very rude, euro-centric and arrogant to call someones belief 'superstitious' it implies that you know better and that the way you view the world is superior. shame.

    • Arias Beardslee
      Arias Beardslee ヶ月 前

      Your tone is condescending vox just lost a subscribe

    • fair weather
      fair weather 5 ヶ月 前

      www.faithfreedom.org/sinas-challenge/

    • The Boyo
      The Boyo 6 ヶ月 前

      Raja

  • Singa1song
    Singa1song 6 時間 前

    The dragon gates might help the buildings sustain Typhoon better.

  • Jack Lee
    Jack Lee 9 時間 前 +1

    Ancient Chinese beliefs still stand tall in modern HK. Chinese here haven't forgotten their roots.

  • Andrezzi
    Andrezzi 9 時間 前

    My dragon friend once got stuck inside one of those building holes. He was very angry that day took him an hour to break free and told me next time you build small holes again he is going straight thought the building.

  • David Hand
    David Hand 14 時間 前

    Adults with degrees do this. Wow.

  • Education Pineapple

    Feng Shui has historically said for example: Your house should have it's garden facing South and front door North. Now we know that houses with South facing gardens have South facing roofs, which in turn means you can make use of this fact with solar panels. Solar panel could be put on South facing front doors, but it wouldn't look so nice.

  • H0RSEMAN0FWAR 86

    Feng shui 😏 crazy asians

  • Tom D
    Tom D 3 日 前

    Feng shui, the art of scamming money via superstitions. Maybe it's time to plug those holes in the buildings to stop the dragon that is China from coming over.

  • hieu Cu
    hieu Cu 4 日 前

    Damn the World Trade Center must had really bad feng shui..

  • Howard Li
    Howard Li 5 日 前

    if it can not be proven by science, then it is superstition

  • Zheng Zhang
    Zheng Zhang 5 日 前 +6

    Never thought Hong Kongers are so superstitious and even the HK government believes in it😂😂😂

  • King Tin
    King Tin 5 日 前

    Wind and water

  • UB's tech
    UB's tech 5 日 前

    I would like to see the dragons

  • Saitama Nogonu
    Saitama Nogonu 7 日 前

    Hha actually the white house in Washington DC is at a very bad location in Fengshui theory,meaning that the dead will trap in that house forever,but people still don't feel anything about it

  • roy staton
    roy staton 8 日 前

    Ben needs to play a violin hook in a Kanye song.

  • Edgar Kaufmann
    Edgar Kaufmann 8 日 前

    What a scrap. Hongkongs skyline was made bei Feng $hui

  • Edgar Kaufmann
    Edgar Kaufmann 8 日 前

    What a scrap. Hongkongs skyline was made bei Feng $hui

  • Edgar Kaufmann
    Edgar Kaufmann 8 日 前

    What a scrap. Hongkongs skyline was made bei Feng $hui

  • rene akan
    rene akan 8 日 前

    running dogs for yankee colonizers

  • 86Corvus
    86Corvus 8 日 前

    Bilions of dolars wasted to appease idiots and crooks.

  • MOLAROIS MORAIS
    MOLAROIS MORAIS 9 日 前

    Dragon?

  • M.B.A Music
    M.B.A Music 9 日 前 +2

    Am I the only one who noticed your shirt is sparkling like the night sky?

    • G. H.
      G. H. 7 日 前

      Thought the same instantly!

  • Waric Momo
    Waric Momo 10 日 前

    Feel the wrath of dragons!

  • Hans Janetzke
    Hans Janetzke 10 日 前

    for how far religioes dumbing can go this is a mild example
    but flying donkey or jesuses why not dragons
    but i do not believe this it is maybe a more scientific explanation for this hols
    we need all talents for present and future problems to work on solutions
    in order to do so we all need an illusions and delusions education
    and it does not matter what kind of religion
    it is only good for the people who make a living from it

  • Benyamin Pershin
    Benyamin Pershin 10 日 前

    Low Altitude dragons

  • Matt T.
    Matt T. 12 日 前

    When interdimensional, ACTUAL giant reptile flying beasts start portaling through the mountains, those holes will come in handy.

  • Nicky Lindley
    Nicky Lindley 13 日 前

    feng shui may seem like irrational superstition but it's really the cultural context that makes something like this seem ridiculous rather than intuitive. western culture has it's fair share of superstitions, and people tend not to view them with the came critical condescension... think of how many buildings don't have 13th floors, blacks cats being bad luck, etc.

  • Yeddie
    Yeddie 14 日 前

    Wow I should be a feng shui master. Basically easy money for a naive Hong Kong population

  • yeetus yeetus il delete your fetus

    King crimson donuts buildings

  • Chi chan
    Chi chan 15 日 前 +28

    Right next door is the _Communist Bank of Red China_
    lol the propaganda back then when communism was a thing.

  • Patrick Star
    Patrick Star 16 日 前

    *SEEMS LEGIT*

  • kapambwe kapambwe
    kapambwe kapambwe 16 日 前

    If africans did this they'd call us primitive

  • Santos Alvarez León

    Excellent like always

  • Kadie Johnson
    Kadie Johnson 18 日 前

    Interesting....But am I the only one who is chuckling?................ah hah! got ya! It's half way around the world so it's cultural, right?

  • #THE BEST EVER #TBE History

    Hows theres no people around him ffs

  • Carolyn Chen
    Carolyn Chen 18 日 前

    when you say feng shui, it is translated from Mandarin not Cantonese

  • Carolyn Chen
    Carolyn Chen 18 日 前

    I don't think the aversive expression is appropriate.

  • Cereal Killer
    Cereal Killer 19 日 前 +1

    This is another level of superstition

    • Samuel HIRN
      Samuel HIRN 18 日 前

      What about God? I think religion is way higher level of superstition

  • rasujan maharjan
    rasujan maharjan 19 日 前

    That's hole is there for a reason and that is to minimize wind turbines.

  • Meatball
    Meatball 19 日 前 +2

    theres literally no proof this magical thing exists but an entire government bases buildings on it ;-;

  • STR1 _
    STR1 _ 19 日 前

    0:52 Why is the footage so messed up?

    • STR1 _
      STR1 _ 18 日 前

      @Samuel HIRN The sky and Johnny's shirt.

    • Samuel HIRN
      Samuel HIRN 18 日 前

      What do you mean? It's perfectly fine.

  • ResidentEvil302cuba rican215

    Its really for air flow so the building doesnt sway

    • Samuel HIRN
      Samuel HIRN 18 日 前

      No, I live in Hong Kong, I would know

  • Go_Ranger_Go!
    Go_Ranger_Go! 22 日 前

    Its very rude, euro-centric and arrogant to call someones belief 'superstitious' it implies that you know better and that the way you view the world is superior.

  • Reyes Wong
    Reyes Wong 22 日 前

    风水😂 You made me laugh when you say Feng Shui😂

  • Emily Gee
    Emily Gee 22 日 前

    *I mean it's considerate of them to accommodate the Dragons and all, but what about the Unicorns?! They don't even leave out sprinkles for them to eat!*
    How rude. Communism man. Would hate to bring my pet Unicorn there, I don't think he'd feel welcome!

  • Savan Rajput
    Savan Rajput 22 日 前

    Acrobatic dragons 10/10

  • Johan Matthew Puno
    Johan Matthew Puno 23 日 前

    In case of a tsunami

  • Ziyu Guo
    Ziyu Guo 23 日 前

    This is just fun. Also one more reason to hate red China.

  • Philip Maximuse
    Philip Maximuse 23 日 前

    3:02 When you rich and bored




    Start a building war and spend millions of dollars.

  • Arthur Heidt
    Arthur Heidt 24 日 前 +94

    these dragon gates will come in handy in the age of flying cars

    • Kim Thing
      Kim Thing 5 日 前

      I'm gonna fly the Dragon 2 capsule and end up like uhhh Idk

    • Patrick
      Patrick 18 日 前

      Flying cars are not gonna happen, they're not practical. Listen to Elon Musk, tunnels are going to be the future

  • Kim Il-sung
    Kim Il-sung 24 日 前

    I need holiday!

  • MetaDragon
    MetaDragon 26 日 前

    Fengshui also known as Chinese OCD

  • Cristian Corjan
    Cristian Corjan 26 日 前 +1

    🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️
    It’s not pronounced as “Fang Shue”...
    It’s pronounced as “Fæn Shuii”
    Jesus Christ...

    • TheTNTPickaxe
      TheTNTPickaxe 23 日 前

      Where are you from? Do you even know Chinese? Where did you get your pronunciation information from?

  • Pisonero C
    Pisonero C 27 日 前

    Superstition ? when u talk about things that u don't understand, that makes bad videos, u clever boy !

  • Maxime K-G
    Maxime K-G 27 日 前 +7

    Haha, lol, the Bank of China is my favorite skyscraper in the world.

  • Nikita Miller
    Nikita Miller 27 日 前

    WE ALL THINK THIS IS A REALLY COOL VIDEO❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Troy Carr
    Troy Carr 28 日 前

    As if we needed more to convince us that Communism is bad... ☺️

  • Mosab Hijazi
    Mosab Hijazi ヶ月 前

    The building looks beautiful tbh , i like it , the city in general looks amazing , i wanna go visit hong kong

  • Elmo
    Elmo ヶ月 前

    did anybody notice his shirt? :D

  • Spiritual Entrepreneurs

    Uneducated twerps always look to dismiss something they don't understand, psh, preposterous...insolence...lol
    Learn REAL HUMAN HISTORY not just what's in your dilly dally schools of posh posh pointed noses lol XD

  • Nai Remlap
    Nai Remlap ヶ月 前

    Fascinating

  • Killer Germ
    Killer Germ ヶ月 前

    This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard . . . ever . . . EVER.

  • 13thSystem
    13thSystem ヶ月 前

    Leave it to the Communist Chinese to disrespect the land's beliefs.

  • Kaleb Hardy
    Kaleb Hardy ヶ月 前

    This is why I like Asians.

  • Dan 123
    Dan 123 ヶ月 前

    This is so stupid but they believe in it so deeply it ends up influencing things, confirmational bias and credulity works wonders when together.

  • Alexandru Popescu
    Alexandru Popescu ヶ月 前

    Feng Shui is a fucktarded belief. But it is funny to see it in action.

  • 魔法少女VIVI
    魔法少女VIVI ヶ月 前

    his black shirt is so sparkly

  • Harris Avan
    Harris Avan ヶ月 前

    chinese are psycho!

  • bu kwok
    bu kwok ヶ月 前

    I heard HSBC building design for can disassembly whole building and move to UK and assembly .incase one day something go wrong . dont know true or not.

    • 林永超
      林永超 ヶ月 前

      but what's the point of doing this? wont this be very expensive? why not just build a new headquarter in UK?

  • 张一
    张一 ヶ月 前

    曹尼玛,你去死吧。

  • DEATH WISH CHRIS Reilly

    We are a super f****** zany species!!!

  • J.N.J. 704
    J.N.J. 704 ヶ月 前 +1

    This is stupid

  • Vael Ryker
    Vael Ryker ヶ月 前

    3:50
    That guy is like: "You say fung shui?"

  • Vael Ryker
    Vael Ryker ヶ月 前

    Almost sounds like you are mocking them:/. It may be a superstition, but it's still cool looking and an interesting cultural belief.

  • Aaron Franklyn
    Aaron Franklyn ヶ月 前

    Dracarys!

  • L.C.
    L.C. ヶ月 前

    I love the fact that not only they managed to get their culture integrated into their modern city because of feng shui, but it also helps to make the city look unique and interesting and cohesive, because the buildings stand in relation to each other and their surroundings, yet there are many different design elements used for the sake of feng shui

  • BRANDON NOEL
    BRANDON NOEL ヶ月 前

    you have a guy in spain he was a contestant on big brother first name Alexandro you are twins just thought i would let you know tele cinco spain.

  • curt
    curt ヶ月 前

    I went here for a vacation and we took the train to Kowloon and saw this and wondered what it is.

  • SgtShella
    SgtShella ヶ月 前

    let destroy china with their own feng sui since their ignore their own tradition

  • marco chu
    marco chu ヶ月 前 +1

    I live in HK my whole life but i don't know most of these..

  • 돈Dawnn
    돈Dawnn ヶ月 前

    As a Hong Kong citizen, Deng Shu is SO important in our lives , I am moving to a new house, and I can tell you, my family actually HIRED a Feng Shu master to help us decide where to put furnitures or what ornaments to put to resist bad energy and improve good energy

  • Peter Nyc
    Peter Nyc ヶ月 前 +6

    feng shui is not a superstition, it is called nature of harmony in Chinese -- an ancient philosophy that studies earth magnetism

    • The Golden Legend
      The Golden Legend ヶ月 前

      @Stylesheet RA do you not understand the nature of the heavens?

    • Stylesheet RA
      Stylesheet RA ヶ月 前 +5

      That is the definition of superstition

  • Daniel Ma
    Daniel Ma ヶ月 前

    The way he is downplaying chinese tradition and the cultural revolution...

  • HKA
    HKA ヶ月 前

    Vox just demonstrated how they are superstitious in feng shui but with little knowledge in it.

  • why me
    why me ヶ月 前

    And they wonder why they have housing problems...

    • THE GZ
      THE GZ ヶ月 前

      @why me lol what ok

    • why me
      why me ヶ月 前

      @THE GZ Think I got two citys mixed up nvm

    • THE GZ
      THE GZ ヶ月 前

      what?

  • JSG subscribe pls
    JSG subscribe pls 2 ヶ月 前

    A person from my class is called Qi and he is from china

  • 19 LemonTea
    19 LemonTea 2 ヶ月 前

    Feng Shui is just a big scam for privileges imo, as a Hongkonger.

  • Yu Wing Lam
    Yu Wing Lam 2 ヶ月 前

    I'm learning a lot even though I am a Hong konger :)

  • 1one1won
    1one1won 2 ヶ月 前

    Primitive mind!

  • Free Dom
    Free Dom 2 ヶ月 前

    Lesson: Do Not Feng with the Shui

  • Charlotte Vanessa
    Charlotte Vanessa 2 ヶ月 前

    Feng shui isn't only belief or superstition. It also requires mathematics and calculation.

  • Jeffrey Fernandes
    Jeffrey Fernandes 2 ヶ月 前

    Why does it look like there is Qi all over your shirt throughout this ep? lol

  • Ryanstecker
    Ryanstecker 2 ヶ月 前

    Being architect in china you can probably excuse any wild idea with feng shui and the clients will eat it up

  • Qilt
    Qilt 2 ヶ月 前

    2:34 anyone see the dragon in the middle of the screen?

  • Mashupgamer 25
    Mashupgamer 25 2 ヶ月 前

    In a world where cranes work as cannons
    And you get paid for complaining about people doing their jobs

  • 直播頻道kc
    直播頻道kc 2 ヶ月 前 +5

    It's just because it is cool
    Btw I'm Hong Kong er

  • Jurome
    Jurome 2 ヶ月 前

    You mean China?

  • KRE недвижимость

    Brilliant video ! i read about this holes in the buildings and dragons long time ago while flighing in the magazine and since than was telling that story to everyone and some people still lought about it. but in my opinnion feng shui works - it is about flow of energies - it creates certain emotons which creates sertain actions and certain prospective- and if everything coordinated and connected the in right order posetive energy , good luck and everything else good will always
    come .

  • Dennis Yap
    Dennis Yap 2 ヶ月 前

    Step in to the lobbies of major hotels in Asia... You will see Feng Shui in practice... Walk around the compound and you will find a quiet corner housing a shrine for the local deity... It's just part of the culture in most Asian cities

  • Paper Explanator
    Paper Explanator 2 ヶ月 前

    Died of a fatal heart attack? Well he wouldn't have died from a non fatal heart attack now would he?