Feng shui (or Fung shui) is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetic believed to use the laws of both Heaven (Chinese astronomy) and Earth to help one improve life by receiving positive qi (Qi is frequently translated as "life-force" or " energy flow", and is comparable to the Hindu Ayurveda and yoga science of prana, meaning "life force" in Sanskrit)
Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.
Feng means wind and shui means water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health, thus good Feng shui came to mean good fortune, while bad Feng shui means bad luck, or misfortune.
Qi rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water.
Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass. Feng shui was suppressed in China during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, but has since seen an increase in popularity.