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Feng Shui and Business
J.P. Cheung
6/3/2003



On the Hong Kong currency note, there is an image of the main office of Hong Shanghai Bank with its 2 big lion statues in front. Tourists always wonder why the bank wastes the street level floor space in its prime central business district (CBD) branch. Pedestrians walk through a near-empty floor, which has no offices and only a set of escalators and elevators. Perhaps, it tries to suck the fortune from the keen competition in the CBD?

The Bank of China was built in the shape of a bamboo shoot but with sharp edges at the top. Many Feng Shui masters expressed deep concern over Hong Kongís future when it was learned that the sharp edges pointed towards the governorís mansion. Since the Bank of China was established, then-governor Sir Edward Youde died of a heart attack at the mansion in 1986, his successor Christopher Patten barely recovered from a by-pass surgery, and the current governor Tung Chee-Wah dares not live in the governorís mansion.

In Singapore, some multinational companies believe in Feng Shui and some donít. One leading IT company intentionally avoids putting its sales leaders or key leaders in corner offices. Another IT company led by expatriates suffers from unprecedented instability in human resources leadership, which has changed 3 times in the past 3 years.

You may wonder about Feng Shui in the Americas. AFAR staff interviewed Mr. Wei, a Feng Shui expert from Taiwan. Mr. Wei points out that the layout of the White House, monuments, and water fit perfectly together according to Feng Shui requirements. Hence the Americas are doing well and may even take on the role of policing other countries.

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