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Feng shui carried too far (5)

By Zhang Zhilong (Global Times)

08:48, January 20, 2012

Culturally damaging

"Feng shui is about the study of human beings and the structures that surround them," said Yu, adding that it's a very important part of traditional Chinese culture.

"There are cheaters in every profession," said Xu Shaoshan, with the Chinese Architecture and Feng Shui Culture Committee. Xu believes some people posing as feng shui masters are charlatans who are damaging the reputation of the ancient science.

Xu said last century Russia was very interested in the study of feng shui and Chinese medical practices.

Xu declined to comment on officials abusing their power and spending taxpayers' money on feng shui, but insists that everyone has the right to pursue good fortune and avoid disaster, even officials.

"There is a limit to everything, and once it's passed it becomes superstition," conceded Xu, who maintains the excessive superstitious practices of some officials have nothing to do with feng shui.

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