Ideas How to Keep the Dragons Happy

The Chinese art of feng shui can ensure a prosperous building

Once erected, the Bank of China's new tower in Hong Kong will twist 70 stories upward like a megalomaniac Rubik's Cube. Its four triangular shafts will anchor their glassy rhomboids to a square base graced with traditional Chinese motifs. Designed for Peking's state bank by famed U.S. Architect I.M. Pei, the $128 million building is a Communist bow to Hong Kong's modern, money-chasing spirit. But the Communist bankers made one major blunder: they forgot to consult the masters of feng shui (pronounced fung shway). As a result, a hex could fall on the tower's capitalist neighbors.

Invented more than 2,000 years...