The good, the bad and the ugly

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 August, 2005, 12:00am

Bank of China Tower, Central (top left) Architect I.M. Pei said the tower's shape represented bamboo shoots but many saw it as a knife slicing the sky. Former governor Chris Patten planted three willows in his garden to repel the building's negative chi.

Lippo Centre, Admiralty (bottom right) The 'climbing koalas' of this unusual landmark - formerly known as the Bond Centre after disgraced Australian businessman Alan Bond - are said to cause bad karma.

HSBC Headquarters, Central (top right) Described as the building with the plumbing on the outside, fung shui's mountain dragon has its own exit at the structure's base.

Aon China Building, Central A former tenant placed two 18th-century cannon on the roof to ward off evil spirits.

The Repulse Bay, Repulse Bay (bottom left) Built on the site of the former colonial hotel of the same name, the building's eye-catching 'hole' lets the dragon slip out without disturbing residents.

Mandarin Oriental, Central A clanging gong at the hotel's entrance might not be the ideal early morning wake-up call, but it keeps the spirits happy.