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    U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun arrives at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, February 3, 2019. (Reuters)

    U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun arrives at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, February 3, 2019. (Reuters)

    of its pen into view and oinks goodbye to the Dog, Hong Kong fortune-tellers say it is too early to think the city will be in for easy times in the coming year.

The Year of the Pig, which arrives on Tuesday, could see beleaguered rail giant the MTR Corporation, already up to its eyes dealing with construction scandals, dig deeper into trouble. While the local economy will show more signs of fatigue, infectious disease could also strike close to the city.

These are the opinions of feng shui masters in Hong Kong, who make their predictions using complex calculations of how the five elements of the universe metal, wood, water, fire and earth interact, which influences future events, according to their philosophy.

There are 12 Chinese zodiac animals, which represent each lunar year. The last day of the Year of the Earth Dog ended on Monday, with the Year of the Earth Pig ushered in on February 5.


Fortune-teller Raymond Lo Hang-lap, popularly known as “Feng Shui Lo”, said: “The Year of the Pig sees the earth sit on the water. Without a solid foundation, there can be a danger of sunken ground. The powerful water can also cause flooding.”

Another feng shui master, Ng Lap-kwan, concurred and also predicted the transport sector could face more incidents in the Pig year.

“There could be big traffic accidents,” Ng said. “Those related to the transport sector could see some troubles. The MTR Corp’s troubles could linger, or possibly turn worse, in the Pig year.”

He also predicted Hong Kong could have health problems.

Celebrity feng shui master James Lee Shing-chak was more precise, predicting the city could be hit by infectious disease during the spring and it could return in the winter.

Perhaps we don’t need feng shui masters to tell us Hong Kong’s economic outlook may turn gloomier, with the city caught in the middle of the US-China trade war.

But “Feng Shui Lo” offered his perspectives. “As water symbolises fear, we will see a decline in economic growth and there could be a longer-term setback in the stock market.”

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On the property market, Lo predicted there would be “some corrections”, but was quick to add: “A market collapse is unlikely though.”

Whether that is an auspicious sign perhaps depends on whether you are an investor or prospective buyer.

Applying the Qimen Dunjia, an ancient form of Chinese metaphysics, a fortune-teller known as Yunwenzi or Master Yun, predicted a volatile stock market.

“That would give rise to negative effects on the overall economy. Investors should take caution during the second, sixth and seventh months of the lunar calendar. There could be big impacts on the financial market,” said Yunwenzi, whose clients included Credit Suisse and Vivienne Westwood.

Qimen Dunjia shares the fundamentals derived from the yin and yang theory of the I Ching, or Book of Changes, an ancient text on metaphysical wisdom. Using complex calculations of astronomical data, a chart is derived based on which one can determine the right time to do the right thing. Yin and yang are the two most basic opposing universal forces. They are polar opposites but at the same time are interdependent.

Yunwenzi also predicted the city’s leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor would face more controversies in the Pig year.

Eric To Chung-yin, a fortune-teller at Wong Tai Sin Temple, agreed. “Lam was born in the Rooster year. Roosters do not have external help in the Pig year. So she needs to keep calm and work harder.”

Despite the possible odds against Hong Kong, renowned feng shui master Kwong Wai-hung offered some words of comfort.

“Sometimes, misfortune might be a blessing in disguise. Keep doing good things and good luck will befall those who do good,” Kwong said.



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