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Feng Shui And Building Structures

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Throughout history, Chinese architects have incorporated the Taoist concept of feng shui into the structures they are building. Taoism, which was formed in China's classical period, is based on the philosophies and teachings of Lao-tzu. An integral part of Taoism is feng shui, which is translated as "wind and water." The concept of creating harmony between man and nature is a concept that has been around for thousands of years, and it has gained popularity. By following the rules of feng shui, one is able to maintain a high level of positive energy. This energy, which can promote health, prosperity and happiness, is known as 'chi'. Though feng shui comes in many forms, the concept of it still expresses the same message of togetherness between man and nature.
In the construction of the Great Wall of China, The Temple of Prayer for Good Harvests and typical Chinese homes, feng shui had an important place in China. Feng shui shows it's face in "The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests", which is more commonly but inaccurately called the "Temple of Heaven". This temple, second in importance to the Forbidden City, is the most amazing and extraordinary monument in Beijing. The temple's intricate interior structure is made entirely of wood. In relation to feng shui, the wood provides a natural and environmental atmosphere. In the temple stand four great columns, each distinguishing a season, which enhances the feeling of being surrounded by nature. The temple is fully enhanced with feng shui, pertaining to nature. Located at the top of "The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest's" simply cylinder-shaped structure's interior is the Imperial Heavenly Vault, rising on a marble terrace and sealed by a single roof consisting of blue tiles. According to the theories of feng shui, blue represents knowledge, which is an honorable trait desired by many. However, in this case, the blue color has almost a universal association with the sky and heavens. It is there so the visitors of this great temple will have the sensation that the heavens are looking down upon them. To the north and northwest of Beijing, a huge, serrated wall cuts its way to the east and west along the undulating mountains. This wall, known as The Great Wall of China, was originally two separate walls. It began to be constructed in the 7th century BC to separate China from her nearby neighbors, the Mongolian tribes. It was then later joined to form one wall in 221 BC, under the instruction of Qin Shi Huang. As a great monument of Chinese history, The Great Wall of China was influenced by the basics of feng shui. People can walk upon this large, artistically beautiful structure and enjoy the serenity and peacefulness surrounding them in all aspects. The Great Wall stands 25 feet high on average, and is nearly 4,000 miles long, made entirely of stone blocks. These stone blocks make the wall a completely natural piece of architecture, as well as art. In the center of the philosophy and practice of feng shui, is the belief that the land is very much alive and filled with energy. According to the contours and shapes of the mountains and water, the best energy locations complete with positive feng shui, can be found. The Great Wall of China displays a great grace to the surrounding hillsides. The wall shows great beauty and connection with the earth it lies upon. The energy level of feng shui is incredibly great, due to its connection with its surrounding nature. The shape of an object, in this case a wall, also affects its energy level. Round shapes are considered to have good fortune, while sharper shapes are considered unlucky. As The Great Wall of China winds around ...

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Keywords: feng shui building design principles, building a feng shui house, feng shui in modern architecture, feng shui in chinese architecture

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