Mysteries of the Orient
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4 Hours
Feng shui, or geomancy, is the ancient Oriental art of creating harmony and balance in life to promote business and one’s general well being. Discover why this practice, which dates back thousands of years, is very much alive in cosmopolitan Singapore. The enlightening experience begins with a visit to a feng shui gallery where some interesting tools of the trade are unveiled. Learn how carefully-placed household objects can engender good fortune and harmony. Find out where the five auspicious mythological dragons lie in Singapore and determine if their positions have indeed contributed to the island’s prosperity. See the Fountain of Wealth, constructed of 95 tons of bronze in the shape of a ring and supported by four large slanted columns. A symbol of wealth and life, the fountain's design represents the oneness in spirit, unity and harmony. Water is known as the symbol of life and wealth in Chinese culture, and the inward motion of the fountain symbolizes the retention of wealth for Singapore. Explore the influence of feng shui concepts in the construction of major buildings in Singapore. See how the architects were guided by the traditional concept of Yin and Yang, where universe and life are held in balance by the elements of water, fire, wood, metal and earth. Discover feng shui cures which, if placed accurately, can bring good fortune. At a local gallery or stall, have your name or a creative expression converted into auspicious Chinese characters and inscribed in calligraphy on a red fan—yours to keep as a memento. The final stop is at Suntec City, Singapore’s main exhibition and convention center and home to the largest fountain in the world. Understand why water or shui symbolizes wealth and fortune as you listen to tales of people who have found success after touching the water at the Fountain of Wealth. Participate in the ritual and absorb the energy, or qi, as you end your tour.
Please note: This tour is available only to guests whose cruise does not begin or end in Singapore.