Graveyard Feng Shui

Graveyard Feng Shui is the geography of a burial plot. Its followers think a graveyard with good Feng Shui can protect the owner’s offspring and bring them peace, health, fortune, good luck and other positive qualities.
Zhaoling Mausoleum, Xi'an
Zhaoling Mausoleum, Xi'an
Chinese people have developed the theory of graveyard Feng Shui over a long time. In ancient times, people were usually buried near the capital city, in their hometown in a burial place, or in a place the people longed for when alive. Wherever buried, there was a basic rule, which was “water in front of the grave, mountain behind and luxuriant plants around”. Nowadays, there is a reduced selection of graveyards due to the popularity of cremation; but there are still some Fengshui tips popular among Chinese people.

Tips on Choosing a Cemetery

There should be a large wooded mountain behind the cemetery. It is even better to have more mountains behind that mountain. If there are mountains on two sides, they should be lower than the mountains to the rear. Any mountains in front of the cemetery should be far, leaving a large and wide space in the center. It is preferable to have water flowing by.

Tips on Choosing a Private Graveyard

1. Choose a site with sunlight. Otherwise the owner may have few male offspring and female offspring may be unhappy for no reasons;
2. Avoid sites on a mountain ridge or mountain top, which may lead the offspring to have harsh lives. A site with thin soil is also not good;
3. Do not choose a site with water flowing through, in order not to have ill or sick descendants;
4. Avoid sites below high-voltage wires to avoid bad luck for the family;
5. The site at the foot of the cemetery walls is not good, as it may lead later generations to have conflicts with others;
6. Avoid a used graveyard. If the burial plot soil is from a used graveyard, bring some new soil from auspicious places;
7. A good graveyard should be larger than 1.2 square yards (about one square meter) and have boundary lines which can meet at right triangles. It is even better to build low walls around the grave. But there must be an entrance, which should be in the middle of a wall and the entrance should face south, southeast or south-southeast;
8. It is good to plant some trees around the tomb. Evergreen pines and cypresses are best. Usually, the trees are in even numbers and arranged on two sides of the tombstone symmetrically. Please note that the trees should not be too close to the tomb, at least 3 yards meters (about 3 meters) away, to avoid the roots growing into the tomb. Trim the branches if they spread over the tomb.
9. It is also not good for surrounding wild grasses to spread over the tomb. So sweep the tomb at least once a year. In China, there is even a festival called Tomb-sweeping Day for people to sweep tombs of their ancestors.
10. Do not cover the graveyard with stone or concrete floor completely; leave some space for soil, flowers and plants.

Graveyard Feng Shui is very comprehensive and these are only some basic rules. If you have a chance to visit famous tombs in China, like Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum in Xi'an, Ming Tombs in Beijing and Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum in Nanjing, read the descriptions or listen to the guide carefully, you will find more details of graveyard Fengshui.
- Last updated on Jun. 28, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Graveyard Feng Shui
Asked by JC from USA | Jun. 28, 2023 11:21Reply
Is it auspicious, inauspicious or neutral to have a water spigot in front of a grave plot?
Thank you.
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Answered by David | Jun. 28, 2023 20:59

There is no taboo about that, and water is generally considered to bring good luck. So it is neutral.
Asked by cerole from POLAND | May. 21, 2023 07:11Reply
books recomendations
hi, do you have any book/articles recomendations regarding the feng shui burial case?
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Answered by Jenny | May. 23, 2023 00:02

In fact, this kind of books are all in Chinese and it is hard to understand. One English book is recommended: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Feng Shui
Asked by Docbrooner from UNITED STATES | Apr. 05, 2023 19:12Reply
Auspicious directions
If you know your Kua number and direction, do the feet or the head go toward that direction
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Answered by Mare | Apr. 09, 2023 20:41

I'm not clear what you pray for. If for wealth luck, make the face go towards the lucky direction.

If for setting the coffin, in Chinese tradition, the head is always in the north no matter what the lucky direction is.
Asked by Gloria from USA | Apr. 02, 2023 03:26Reply
Buried young person on top of older person??
I want to know if it is ok to bury a person died young on top of person who died in older age or should not be buried someone died young on top this elderly person??
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Answered by Ivy | Apr. 02, 2023 23:09

In Chinese Fengshui, we don't bury one person on top of another.
Asked by Yang from INDONESIA | Mar. 26, 2023 21:58Reply
Is it ok to bury parents and grandparents behind a private mountain villa?
i was wondering if its ok to bury ancestor on a private villa that we seldom visit like usually 1 visit of 2 -3 days per 2 month?
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Answered by Fiona | Mar. 27, 2023 20:24

If the ancestors' graveyards are to the north of the villa, it's auspicious in Chinese Fengshui.
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