Hong Kong has a quite magnificent skyline; some say the most beautiful skyline in the world. But if you look closely you’ll notice that a lot of the skyscrapers have gaping holes in them. So, one cannot help but wonder, why architects design holes in the middle of the buildings?
Well, as it turns out, architects and engineers in Hong Kong are greatly influenced by Feng Shui.
Yes, these holes is a design concept that’s unique in Hong Kong and is based on the Chinese principle of feng shui. They are called dragon holes and are there to serve as a passage for the dragons; the bearers of good fortune and positive energy. But why is this a Hong Kong only thing? (the article continues after the ad)
Because of its geographical location basically. Hong Kong sits an area where it has mountains behind and waters in front. Because the legend has it that dragons living in the mountains have to travel to the water to drink and bathe, buildings that are along the waterline have holes in them in order for the dragons to fly through and reach the sea without facing any obstacles.
Buildings that don’t follow the tradition and do not have gaping holes, such as the Bank of China Tower, are considered extremely unlucky. In fact, the HSBC Tower installed two giant cannons at the top of their building aimed directly at the Bank of China Tower that allegedly protects them from Bank of China’s negative energy.
Here are the cannons on top of the HSBC Tower:
And here are some pictures of some dragon holes: