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Iconic HK buildings show money-making is cyclical

Published on
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Written by
Jin Peh [1]

Like the HSBC Main Building, the Standard Chartered Bank Building (below right) is to be found between Queen's Road and Des Voeux Road in Central. It sits with its back to Victoria Peak so it faces Victoria Harbour.

But it doesn't have a "Bright Hall", or Ming Tang, at the Queen's Road Central side to allow the positive energy from Victoria Peak to accumulate, and then enter through the back entrance. In addition, the traffic on Queen's Road Central is always significant, and this further disrupts the flow of any potential positive energy.

While there is a Bright Hall on the Des Voeux Road side, the stairs there may see positive energy flowing out from the bank, thereby reducing the beneficial effects of the Bright Hall. That said, the positive fung shui configuration of the mountain at the back and water at the front will nullify some of the negative effects.

The Landmark in Central has gone through its fair share of ups and downs. Its main entrance - prior to 2004 - was at Pedder Street. This configuration was that of "sitting" southeast, "facing" northwest.

In geomancy's Period 6, which ran from 1964 to 1983, this configuration provided wealth opportunities. But from 1984 to 2003 - Period 7 - there was no wealth-generating potential, and the Landmark was relatively quiet during this time. In the approach of Period 8, which runs from 2004 to 2023, the Landmark has once again become a prosperous building, with parts of it converted into a luxury hotel and a department store, thereby ensuring heightened consumer traffic. 

Given this, the Landmark illustrates the cyclical nature of fung shui. It is difficult - or impossible - for a building to experience positive growth for more than 20 years, without any significant changes in its overall design or entrances.

Another of Hong Kong' s iconic buildings is the Lippo Centre (below left), which resembles two buildings that have koala bears climbing up them, or robots communicating - or something else, depending on your point of view.

The main fung shui issue for the Lippo Centre is the running waterfall, whereby water seeps out along the staircase of the building - thereby, making it difficult for occupants to keep hold of their profits.

Be this as it may, this suits foreign companies that make money in Hong Kong - before sending their profits home.

E-mail your career-related fung shui queries to Jin Peh, the Classified Post fung shui master, at [2]

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