After Japan's seizure of Manchuria in 1932, the Sino-Japanese war broke out.
As Japanese troops invaded China, thousands fled to Hong Kong, raising our refugee numbers rapidly and bringing our population to about 1.6 million near the start of World War II in the Pacific.
The British surrendered Hong Kong to the Japanese on Christmas Day in 1941.
The food shortages that followed prompted many to flee, causing the population to plunge to 650,000 by the end of WWII. Britain reclaimed the territory with Japan's surrender in August 1945.
Since the Kuomintang's defeat in 1949 in the civil war with the communists, Hong Kong's population has continued to rise. It is home today to about 7.5 million people.
In the feng shui context, during the fifth period from 1944 to 1963, we saw turbulent and unsettling energies as it was the reign of the
Unknown to many, the Japanese at that time were well versed and masters in feng shui.
In many instances, they tried to destroy Hong Kong's good feng shui to augment their strong foothold and presence here. Some of the mountains of the "nine dragons" of Kowloon were filled with catchwater drainages with the intention of destroying the "dragons' breath."
Also, they tried to find the meridian feng shui spot in Hong Kong but missed the real spot.
Certain spells were planted in Hong Kong, even in Government House.
During this period, the territory witnessed extensive food shortages and hyperinflation.
Last week, we touched on The Peak as the feng shui backbone for Hong Kong Island.
This week, we will let you know the feng shui backbone of Kowloon.
The word Kowloon means nine dragons in Chinese and the two most significant mountains are Kowloon Peak and Lion Rock.
With the development of Hong Kong Island during the British occupation and of Kowloon later, many buildings were aligned in such a way that mountains were at their rear while facing Victoria Harbour.
To ensure Kowloon prospers and is safe, these two mountains ought to be in harmony with no harm done to them.
Kerby Kuek has published 15 books on feng shui, inner alchemy, Taoism and metaphysics. He can be contacted at www.kerbykuek.com