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Hong Kong’s landscape is a visual and spatial manifestation of Feng Shui as a belief system. The term Dragon Gates refers to the structural feature of deliberately leaving an empty, hollow space in buildings. In a location like Hong Kong, which boasts the most expensive housing prices with an average of HKD12,100/ft2 ($1,547.31), and where space is a precious resource, it is extremely odd that real estate developers are willing to forgo a good number of units—but for what purpose? Dragon Gates are necessary in Hong Kong, because certain developments are situated on the Dragon Pulses, a strong flows of Chi stream from the mountains to the sea. Blocking such pathways would result in unwanted bad luck, hence the necessity to maintain the unobstructed flow of energy through gaps in built features.
This publication explores the Feng Shui landscape of Hong Kong, and how it manifests through various structural and social ways. It adopts a photographic style to present a narrative of the Feng Shui world of Hong Kong—from the insanely high property prices, to a rental website’s spiritual filter that allows potential buyers to avoid locations with bad luck, to the tragic plotline of Nina Wang, Hong Kong’s real estate heiress. The structure of the book mirrors the starting point of the project, through using cut-out holes to create a sense of continuity between pages.
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