How feng shui shaped Hong Kong's skyline

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, August 1, 2018
  • Hong Kong’s superstitious skyline.Follow Johnny on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnywharris/Follow the Vox Borders watch page: https://www.facebook.com/VoxBorders/Sign up for the Vox Borders newsletter: https://www.vox.com/borders-emailWatch episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StW7o...Watch episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQyxG...Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOHong 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. Vox Borders is an international documentary series by Emmy-nominated producer Johnny Harris exploring life at the edge of nations. For more, visit vox.com/borders.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • Vox

     11 months ago

    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

     1 months ago

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

  • _Bob McCoy

     11 months ago

    *Can't the dragons just fly **_over_** the buildings?!*

  • MrBoliao98

     yesterday

    This ain't even the most ridiculous theory. In Singapore they said there were something like 9 dragons underground. In order to dig the Train tunnels, they created the 8 sided one dollar coin much like a bagua to suppress the dragons.

  • ArchOfWinter

     11 months ago

    Superstitions aside, having large holes in tall buildings is actually very good for the surrounding area. It let the air flows and help keeps air from getting stagnate, a heat island effect, to a certain extend. Many older districts has buildings that act like a giant wall to maximize floor space, but it alos keeps hot air trapped in surrounding areas.

  • Syarif HT

     9 hours ago

    @Britt Snapsters Oh look another fanatic person

  • Zhuofan Zhang

     22 days ago

    So basically the older district buildings are like the Great Wall to the air, amIrite

  • Arthur Heidt

     1 months ago

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

  • Syarif HT

     9 hours ago

    @cop警黑corrupt Lol, yeah it was before they hand over it

  • cop警黑corrupt

     17 days ago

    @Britt Snapsters hk is not china

  • ArchOfWinter

     11 months ago

    The HSBC building also has no tall building blocking the water view, thus, keeping the wealth flowing and assets liquid. This status/view is literally set in stone. The HSBC and the HK government has an agreement that no tall building will ever be built in front of the HSBC building.

  • Tri H

     6 days ago

    @steve crawford hahahhaha

  • steve crawford

     6 months ago

    I have a dragon in my pants, which is why I have a big hole my underwear facing the water...

  • Zedek

     11 months ago

    Regardless of feng shui being a superstition, the city just looks beautiful.

  • Michael Jay - Value Investing

     11 months ago

    So thoughtful! I am sure the dragons appreciate this.

  • ScrewCollege

     6 months ago

    why are you everywhere? You are the new Justin Y.

  • Our Founding Liars

     11 months ago

    This video helped me confirm that dragons were the ones the brought down the twin towers. Keep asking questions

  • President Namjoon

     22 days ago

    I feel bad for laughing at this

  • Gengar Danny

     22 days ago

    Hwi Seong dam that’s not funny

  • Donald J Trump

     11 months ago

    I thought it was glory hole for Godzilla.

  • Krieglietz Kohl

     19 days ago

    R/cursedcomment anyone?

  • Kevin M

     27 days ago

    Donald J Trump finger blast your glory hole you bastard

  • Chi chan

     1 months ago

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