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Courier Mail talks to FENG SHUI expert Corinne Nicholson from Feng Shui Works says it is fabulous, good fortune will flow to Chinatown Mall tenants in Brisbane.  But now the scaffolding has gone, pavers have been scrubbed and the last plants potted, is the $8 million spent on Chinatown Mall worth the dramas and delays?


This weekend ratepayers have their chance to appraise the project when Chinese New Year festivities begin for the Year of the Metal Tiger.  While City Hall will be hoping the much-delayed project – to be opened on Sunday with music, dance and firecrackers – is more favoured than the contentious King George Square. Feng Shui practitioner Corinne Nicholson from Feng Shui Works said the rework rated close to 10 out of 10.


"They seem to have combined all five elements – water, wood, fire, earth and metal. It will increase the reputation of Chinatown," Corinne said, touring the area between Ann and Wickham streets.  She noted the lions for protection at the Wickham St end, the green for wood and red for fire on traditional gates and patterned concrete representing the earth. She was pleased to see large lucky coins set in the footpath here, but was surprised these were painted black.


The front area with the gates and roofs is different to the rest, more traditional and then they've gone more modern in the middle.  "We're in the 2000s now, there are completely different energies & life is so different to when the mall was first here."


Corinne said the predominance of red, backed by gold on the legs of the giant awning, should bring health and fortune to traders although she wonders about the contradiction of red, for fire, painted over metal.  The plantings – wealth plants, bamboo and cherry blossom trees – also rated with Ms Nicholson, as did the gradual slope from Ann St to Wickham St.


"It's very clever and balanced," she said. "The predominant thing is they want to increase everyone's wealth and health."


Traders such as Eric Cheung at Enjoy Inn, unsure the modern approach to feng shui works, does remain hopeful more wealth is coming after almost 12 months of disruption to business.  "There's been a lot of pain," Mr Cheung said. "One of the biggest issues with us remains a lack of short-term parking for customers to duck into one of the stores to pick up groceries or takeaways."

Courier Mail Article 13th February 2010 written by Bruce McMahon.