|Nine Horses Fresco, Li River, Guilin|
For example, the Li River’s ‘Nine Horses Fresco’ is actually a sheer and dangerous cliff face which happens to have horse-like patterns in it. Even the former Chinese Premier, Zhou Enlai who visited the Li River in the 1960’s enjoyed the amusing game of trying to locate all of the nine horses in the scene. His answer was brilliant, “There are in fact eighteen horses.”
Do you know why?
|Bat Hill (Bat (‘Fu’) also sounds like ‘Fu’, ‘lucky’|
Other sheer rock faces carved out of the karste mountains in the magnificent Guilin scenery include ‘Brocade Hill’ (a rich fabric woven with a raised pattern), ‘Lotus Peak’ and ‘lady admiring a painting’. Others, like ‘Wangfu Rock – lady mournfully waiting for her husband to return’ tell tales of tragedy; every mountain along the Li River cruise has a story to tell.
|Crown Cave: The peak looks like an emperor’s crown|
Close to Crown Cave, a rock descends into the river, cutting off the path between Crown Cave Village and Taoyuan Village on the same side of the river. Villagers take a ferry to reach the other village.
The inhabitants of the two villages tell a tragicially romantic story of a brave boy and a graceful girl who were in love. One lived in Crown Cave Village and the other lived in Taoyuan Village. Somehow crimes were rampant and two monsters living in a cave would grab brides when their escorting teams passed by. These monsters turned out to be a green dragon and a white tiger. When the young couple married, they stole the girl by force. The brave boy killed the green dragon, but he returned to find his bride killed by the white tiger. He was so angry he took an axe to the tiger, but it escaped and he cut the path by the bank instead. Ever since, people had to take a ferryboat because the path was gone.
In this story, the key here is ‘crimes were rampant.’ Under the influence of this ‘sha qi’ in the form of sheer rocks blocking the path, and exposed rocks on the mountain, society was in disarray.
Perhaps the locals, or the Feng Shui masters in the distant past, gave Crown Cave and other peaks beautiful and auspicious names in an effort to change the perception in the minds of local inhabitants, turning what could be perceived as a dangerous place filled with ghosts and demons into a beautiful landscape filled with lovely maidens, pieces of artwork and boddhisatvas.
Drawing on the positive effects of human psychology, now that they have a beautiful name for their mountains, the villagers can feel more peaceful.
From a Feng Shui perspective, mountains with sheer exposed rocks are full of sha qi (negative energy) because we don’t like exposed rocks in Feng Shui.
A very practical reason for this is that the exposed rocks are not held in place by vegetation making these areas dangerous places where landslides can easily occur, or rocks can tumble down into the valleys, destroying everything in their path.
So how do these rough and rugged rocky mountains affect the people?
The Classic says, “Mountains affect the people.”
Therefore rough and rugged mountains can influence people to become more rough and tough too.
Or, if not, they can affect people in a physical way.
Here is a small hill in Yangshuo County, Guilin. People sleeping (in particular) opposite this mountain can become predisposed to illness of the belly (earth is ‘belly’, and exposed rocks are harmful to the belly region of the body in particular). To know for sure which area of the body can be affected, the Feng Shui of the site should be calculated to see what type of qi there is and what part of the body it can affect.
In Feng Shui the best type of mountain is well vegetated, this is considered a beautiful mountain. There are certainly plenty of those in Guilin too, which is why the region is considered one of the most scenic and spectacular tourist attractions in China.
We as humans, love drama, and the dramatic landscape appeals to our senses.
We stayed for a while in a beautiful hotel on the outskirts of Yangshuo Town. so we could visit this spectacular village:
Continuing our journey westward we boarded a bus and headed to the airport. Along the way we stopped at Moon Hill:
|Moon Hill, Yangshuo County, Guilin|
Our next stop was Chengdu, Sichuan Province, the home of the Pandas:
“Physically experiencing the effects of the landscape like going down the Li River between the mountains, sitting at the river, listening to the sounds of the water, people washing clothes and children playing at the historically meaningful places allowed me to experience the Feng Shui of the places. Meeting other Feng Shui practitioners on the tour with a variety of knowledge and experiences was a gift and inspiring new friends. I learned so much and believe the experience and discussion shared will continue to feed my understanding of Feng Shui into the future. No better way to study Feng Shui, I can’t wait for the next tour.” Yoshiko Sato 2017