China’s first Architecture & Fengshui Culture Museum was opened to tourists on Tuesday in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province. The newly-built museum aims to explain the fengshui culture of Chinese traditional architecture through exhibits, photos, books, videos, sand table and other multimedia ways.
Fengshui is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life. Historically, fengshui was widely used to oriental buildings— often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner.
The museum covers an area of 2,000 square meters and is located in Fengcheng River Scenic Area in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province. The appearance takes on a Taizhou folk dwelling style from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The Architecture & Fengshui Culture Museum focuses on basic ideas of fengshui and has exhibition halls to spread knowledge about the general knowledge such as five traditional Chinese elements (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal), the fengshui of residences and offices, etc, which will help people to build a comfortable living and working environment.
The director of Taizhou Tourism Bureau said that the fengshui culture is one of Chinese national treasures. Now it is well received by people overseas. The museum can not only receive the tourists but also act as an important teaching base for college students from the School of Architecture.
Chinese fengshui can be dated back 2,000 years to what was described in the I Ching, also known as the Yi Jing, or (in English) Book of Changes. The carved characters discovered in ancient Taizhou’s Qingdun historic site are considered the original symbols of Yi Jing and earliest characters in China, 2,000 years earlier than the Oracle.
- Source: Global Times
- [17:34 December 30 2010]