In ancient China, wind and water were associated with good health. Feng shui translates as wind-water. Feng shui has been around for millennia. It was banned for many years during the communist regime, but continued to flourish in Hong Kong and has since made a comeback in China and spread throughout the world. Feng shui has influenced many buildings in China. In Hong Kong, contractors build bank buildings with feng shui in mind, and even Disneyland had to change their designs to ensure the gates fit feng shui principles.
Feng shui aims to promote good energy or chi in one's environment. It does this by dictating the best places to build houses and situate furniture and other household items. It balances different elements including the male and female, or yin and yang, and the five elements of Taoism: wood, fire, earth metal, and water, which are said to make up everything in the world. Balancing these elements helps promote harmony within the home.
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