Fengshui in Beijing

“Welcome to Beijing!” our tour guide said to us on the bus from the train station to our hotel. “I have good news for you. Because the APEC meeting started today, you will have no pollution for the next couple days. Also, when I checked the weather for the next couple days, the weather will be in the 60s, so good weather for you all!”

Indeed, our first day in Beijing seemed like an auspicious day – robin blue sky, a nice fall breeze in the air, a friendly tour guide and a fancy hotel near the financial district which had friendly shopkeepers and consumers. Our first meal in Beijing was a gluten-free hot pot meal which ensured that our two celiac classmates would be not be morbidly sick. When we went to visit the Forbidden Kingdom the next day, there was little traffic on the roads, the skies were just as blue and the gardens green and lovely. Inside the Forbidden Kingdom, it wasn’t crowded, there was no trash despite the frequent tourists and the buildings looked new (our tour guide told us that they were repainted in 2008 for the Olympics). All in all, we were able to appreciate the grandeur style of the architecture and the pristine, well-kept area. The buildings reminded me of the historical dramas that I used to watch, showing that the architecture was so well-kept that it remains camera-ready.

The positive feelings we have about Beijing’s environment and architectures could be tied to the good chi that flows into the city and the fengshui concepts that are embedded into the centuries of city planning. The city itself is boasted to be in the ideal position of the nation, a due to the great flow of chi into the area. The city is surrounded by mountains to the left and right, symbolizing support for the city from all of the people and the water that flows in represents abundance wealth streaming in to enhance prosperity within the city.

The Forbidden City exemplifies the work of fengshui in Beijing. It is situated in the center of the city, the position that represents heaven and god. It is believed that the emperor is the Son of Heaven, therefore it makes sense that the emperor’s palace is situated where he is closest to the Heavens. Furthermore, the structure of the Forbidden City was built based on the structures of the trigrams, with the emperor’s work and sleep rooms composed of three unbroken lines, representing Yang energy, Qian. On either sides are three halls made of three broken lines, representing the Yin energy, Kun. Concubines occupy these halls.