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Feng Shui Cave-Dwellers: Is This How Feng Shui Began?

As I am conducting research for my Feng Shui book, I have been coming across some really interesting Feng Shui tidbits. In this case I went back to the most basic question, Where did Feng Shui first originate from?  


It's important to note, exact historical records for when Chinese Feng Shui was officially established is still a bit murky. Based on research published in 2006 by Hong-Key Yoon, an associate professor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, he theorized the first Geomancers were cave-dwellers in the Loess Plateau of China’s north in search of ideal cave sites to call home. To read Professor Yoon’s research in greater detail you can purchase his book: The Culture of Feng Shui in Korea



photo by Kevin Poh from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia - Cave Dwelling - Courtyard


What’s fascinating is the yáodòng (cave-homes) still exist today. In 2012, The Los Angeles Times reported “more than 30 million Chinese people living in caves, many of them in Shaanxi province where the Loess plateau, with its distinctive cliffs of yellow, porous soil, makes digging easy and cave dwelling a reasonable option.” 


More and more scientists and researches have become interested in cave-homes as they offer an example as possible sustainable homes for future developments.  “The earth that surrounds the indoor space serves as an effective insulator keeping the inside of the structure warm in cold seasons and cool in hot seasons. Consequently, very little heating is required in winter, and in summer, it is as cool as an air-conditioned room” Of course today's architects would like to include some modern modifications while also needing to be very mindful of other factors when building into the earth.

    Source - Advantages and Disadvantages of Earth-Sheltered Homes". U.S. Department of Energy. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-28.


In regard to real estate value, is there an actual market for cave-homes? Yes, there is! “The thriving market around Yanan means a cave with three rooms and a bathroom (a total of 750 square feet) can be advertised for sale at $46,000. A simple one-room cave without plumbing rents for $30 a month, with some people relying on outhouses or potties that they empty outside. Many caves, however, are not for sale or rent because they are handed down from one generation to another, though for just how many generations, people often can't say.”  Source - The LA Times, 2012



Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 


Comment balloon 4 commentsLaura Cerrano • June 16 2017 06:22PM


Laura loved this post, now I can not see myself in the $30 room no matter how hard I try to visualize it:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 2 years ago

Good morning Laura. Like Endre I loved this post too. What a picture to open with. Beautiful and informative.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 2 years ago

Good morning Laura. I can see some advantages of living in caves.  Though, it's not going to happen in Florida.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 2 years ago


Very interesting post . . . . I bookmarked it to refer back to.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 2 years ago

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