Feng Shui and the Singapore Flyer
Feng Shuiis an ancient Chinese custom. It claims a connection between heaven and earth, both of which directly influence a person's positive energy. Masters of the Feng Shui believe that the energy affects prosperity, particularly health, wealth, and personal relationships. It also determines favorable places for homes, burial sites, agriculture, and so on. It's now spread outside China, and it's often used to decide the best arrangement for furniture in homes. Feng Shui even affects building design. One such example is Singapore's observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer.
The Singapore Flyer is forty-two storeys tall and is the world's largest Ferris wheel. It has twenty-eight air-conditioned cars, each of which can hold twenty-eight passengers. The cars face the business district as they rise, and then face the sea and beaches as they descend. But Feng Shui experts realized that the counter-clockwise rotation of the wheel stole good fortune from the city. The Flyer went against the sun and sent that energy out to sea.
Rather than laugh at and dismiss the Feng Shui masters, the chairman of the Flyer considered the recommendations.
Singapore may be a very modern city, but many traditional values and beliefs still hold sway. As a result, it mattered less that the changes cost six figures (the exact amount remains undisclosed). The chairman justified the cost, comparing the change to putting together the perfect ending to a movie.
Many other structures in Asia have had large amounts of money spent in order to tap into the energy. A skyscraper that looked like a giant candle had a pool constructed on the roof because water puts out fire. Another building was redesigned for a large square hole in the middle, which would then follow the rules of Feng Shui. The wheel, as of August 4th, now rotates clockwise. It brings good fortune to the whole of Singapore.
Text from www.headsupenglish.com
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