Bank's luck will change, say feng shui masters

Top News | Wallis Wang 23 Oct 2020

Good fortune will return to HSBC in mid-December - 49 days after the two lions had their eyes painted red, says feng shui master Edward Li Kui-ming.

Li told The Standard that the bank would see its share price go up next month and in December. HSBC's share price fell 2.9 percent to HK$29.60 on September 21 - a 25-year low.

During the unveiling ceremony, feng shui master David Lung dotted the eyes of the lions to "awaken" them and offered a blessing.

The design of HSBC Main building on Des Voeux Road - by world-renowned British architect Norman Foster - has been criticized by feng shui masters in Hong Kong for a long time.

Li, who was not at the ceremony yesterday, said painting red dots on the lions' eyes would infuse spirits into the statues and empower them.

He said the building is located in Hong Kong's "dragon vein" - a place that should be preserved, according to feng shui. He added that the two empowered lions will protect the place from danger.

"HSBC's business will recover after the lions are restored and Hong Kong will also get better [under the lions' watch]," Li said.

Mak Ling-ling, a famous feng shui master, said she considers HSBC a bank that represents Hongkongers and believes the fortune of the bank is in line with the fortune of the city.

For example, she explained, when Hong Kong saw unrest, HSBC was also affected.

But she said HSBC did not seem to pick a lucky day for the unveiling as yesterday was "not the most auspicious day." The unveiling of the two lions, though, would spur a gradual improvement in the social situation.

Mak also predicted that the overall situation next year would go in a positive direction and that the stock market would perform better compared to this year.

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