In Classical Feng Shui, external factors are of the most importance.
The nature of the Qi prevailing at the location is long-lasting and represents the basis for all internal
issues, and this is why every Classical (Chinese) Feng Shui Consultant stresses the importance of
the location (landscape).
Always choose a house over an apartment, as a house can be built in a good location, and placed
in such a way that enables the tapping of the beneficial Qi of the location.
Good location tips
The ideal location contains both mountains and water.
An ideal site should be gently embracing; higher ground at the rear is desirable (this is called the
‘Black Turtle’ and provides protection and support. The ideal Black Turtle should be much higher than
the ‘Green Dragon’ on the left).
The left side of the house (inside, looking out) should have higher undulating hills than the right side
(‘Green Dragon’ should be higher than ‘White Tiger’).
An ideal site contains good quality Ming Tang: an open undulating plot of land at front. When there
is a slow meandering river with healthy vegetation in Ming Tang, it will make the site even more
Behind the Ming Tang, way in front, there should be low hills symbolizing the ‘Red Phoenix’. These
prevent dissipation of the Qi accumulated in the Ming Tang.
When the site has a formation similar to that of a low arm-chair and contains ‘Green Dragon’, ‘White
Tiger’, ‘Black Turtle’ and ‘Red Phoenix’, it is considered very auspicious.
Since water conducts Qi in the area, it is (always) good to see water from the site, as this ‘takes
care’ of the prosperity of the area.
Since Qi is carried and dispersed by the wind, it is preferable that there are no harsh winds blowing
on or at the location. Mild winds, however, are OK (as winds transport Qi).
Good Mountains are healthy looking, lush and green, not rocky and barren.
Avoid barren and/or rocky mountains in the vicinity of the site, for these can generate unfavorable
Qi (‘Sha Qi’).
The best position for the mountain in the current Period is North East (from the site).
Hills are also mountains, known as ‘stars’ in Classical Feng Shui.
The shape of the mountains is also important. Cucumber-like, lush hills are an excellent choice.
The best spot in an undulating area is that where the mountain shows signs of vein release.
Water should ideally be clean, gently flowing and meandering.
Avoid living on a site where you can hear the sound of gushing water.
Water at the rear of the house creates frustration and missed opportunities.
For it to be beneficial, a river should not flow directly toward the house, or flow away from the site.
In the current Period, the best position for water is that of South West (from the property).
For every location and the property itself, it is wise to further examine where the water enters and exits, in order to evaluate if it is good for the specific property.
If water coming onto a property is good, it is wise to make an opening (door, window) on that side of
the building in order to welcome the water Qi into the premises.
In the vicinity of the sea, it is better to reside in a condominium or an apartment than a bungalow
house (as a bigger building can more easily balance the effects of the sea over a smaller one).
Nevertheless, if the house is one in a row of similar houses, it is OK to live in, for it is well protected
from the sea.
Lakes and ponds are regarded as peaceful and sentimental water; it is good to have them in the
vicinity of a property, in the correct location (in relation to the property).
The size of a pool is important, for it should not overwhelm the size of the house. It is best to keep
the pool (or pond) round or oval shaped (otherwise sharp corners that point directly to the house can
In Classical Feng Shui, an important water feature is known as ‘Water Mouth’ – the wealth source of
the area – and this should be positioned in the right location (in relation to the premises). Activating
the water mouth is the most powerful Classical Feng Shui secret for increasing wealth.