When airports, industrial parks or shipping ports are built, they are generally built at relatively far away from urban areas. But as a city expands, it is inevitable that what was once the outskirts slowly become prime real estate.
A good example would be the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport or Subang Airport as it is more commonly known. Opened in 1965 to be the country’s main air terminal, it was built in the then relatively isolated Subang. In a mere three decades, the burgeoning population had pushed close to the boundaries of the airport, transforming the area into a thriving suburban community.
Usually, properties located near industrial parks, airports and shipping ports are considered undesirable. This is more rooted in practical and psychological reasons, rather than Feng Shui. We will look at each of these locations from both points of views.
THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY
Airports, believe it or not, feature regularly among places where Feng Shui principles are applied. There is a belief among some people that airports are considered the “front door” to a nation. Hence, it is considered important that an airport is built with Feng Shui principles.
One of such examples was rumoured to be Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok International Airport. If an airport is built with Feng Shui principles in mind, does it mean any property located in its vicinity will similarly enjoy favourable Feng Shui? The answer is no. While the airport may enjoy the benefits of favourable landforms in its vicinity, the airport itself may sometimes prove to be a negative feature for properties located around it.
The structure by itself does not pose much of a problem. Unless, of course, it has some sort of sharp edges or angles in its design which points directly at your property. If you live near the airport, you may want to be wary about the location of the take-off and landing strips. If either is pointed directly at your home, it is also considered a negative feature in Feng Shui.
Under normal circumstances, having a bright open space like an airport can function like a Bright Hall. Unfortunately, airports are considered to be busy places where there is a lot of movement so the Qi is unsettled and can’t gather. Perhaps the biggest negative feature about living near the airport is the presence of sound Sha.
Industrial parks are pretty much along the same vein as airports. Instead of aircraft, there is the constant presence of heavy vehicles and machinery which again poses the threat of sound Sha. There is also the higher tendency of industrial parks to have adverse features like irregularly-shaped buildings, busy highways, large drains and pylons.
Even when we exclude the Feng Shui aspect of it, a house located near a busy airport and industrial park tend to be affected by vibrations from low flying aircraft, heavy vehicles and machinery. These vibrations will make the house shudder, giving a psychological impression that the structure is in danger of collapsing.
Being exposed to such high frequency of noise and air pollution will definitely have an impact on the occupant’s rest, mood and health. Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of living near an industrial park is the threat of other forms of pollution like toxic chemicals and heavy metals which will have a more detrimental and direct effect on one’s health.
CALMING WATER VS. NOISY MACHINERY
While staying near a shipping port is considered unfavourable as well, due to sound Sha from heavy machinery and vehicles, the presence of the sea will also have to be taken into account. Many people would automatically assume any property facing water has good Feng Shui. This is actually a gross simplification of the water’s significance in Feng Shui.
First of all, for any waterfront property to have good Feng Shui, the sea will have to be calm and there must be islands in the horizon rather than just the vast ocean. In the case of a shipping port, large ships sailing past tend to create a choppy ocean environment. Similarly like airports and industrial parks, a busy environment in a shipping port will make Qi unsettled and difficult to gather.
On top of that, you could run the risk of receiving negative Qi should the landforms be unfavourable. From a practical point of view, shipping ports are not exactly known for having crystal clear waters and beautiful views. Imagine coming home to a view of cargo ships and polluted sea; definitely not an appealing sight!
If you have a choice, it would be advisable to avoid properties in busy environments like airports, industrial parks and shipping ports. Even if the Feng Shui aspect of it may be subjective, the negative effects it may have on one’s safety and health simply make it not worthwhile.