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My Feng Shui Jade Bok Choy Purchased in Beijing

Jade Bok Choy from Beijing

jade boy choy with jade stand

jade boy choy with jade stand

My Good Luck Jade Bok Choy from Beijing

Almost a year before the Olympics in Beijing, I found myself on a tour bus in Beijing, China. There were 10 of us on our way to see the Great Wall as well as a visit to doctors of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Our tour guide asked us all our lunar signs - I’m an ox, by the way. She also explained to us why the Olympics was scheduled to open on August 8th (Oooooh we all said - see reason below*). She then told us why the bok choy (known as pak choi in Cantonese) is so popular. Pak means a hundred and choi means wealth. The pak choi is then meant to represent 100 kinds of wealth luck and prosperity.

Well, I enjoy learning about all aspects of feng shui and months earlier a friend, Christine (a boar), and I were in Seoul, S. Korea, hunting for a good model of a bok choy - to make us incredibly prosperous - but we had no luck.

Finding the Beautiful Jade Bok Choy

Meanwhile, our tour guide in Beijing asked if we would like to go to a jade factory to see the jade carved bok choys. Sold! Yes, I was immediately sold. To be in the land of feng shui and to then purchase a real jade bok choy from such land - well, yes I was immediately sold.

We made a stop at the jade factory where there was everything carved in jade including 100’s of bok choy, much jewelry, and massive statutes etc. (see photo of the red jade carving, below). Which one to choose? Well, the giant ones were out, and those running over a $1,000 were out. Prices ranged from about $50 to thousands of dollars. All beautiful - mine ran a bit over $200 - (see photo above) and I bought some necklaces with lunar signs.

Where to Place it

Back home in the USA I kept it packed for months deciding where to put it. I am still not sure where. Depending on which feng shui article you read a bok choy should be placed:

In the window with the narrow end facing out to draw in the wealth with the broader end facing in and being wider so it can spread the wealth, or

At the main entrance of the front door to attract different kinds of wealth to your home, or

In the southeast of your home, or

In the center of your home

Right now, my bok choy is in the center of my home because it was just the easiest place to put it (Note: I have finally moved it - 11/01/11 - to the SE corner and it just feels so perfect there). Now as we enter the year of the ox, which I am - my lunar horoscope has been the most upbeat ever. It goes so far as to say I can now sit back and reap the rewards of my past labors. It will just come. Sounds good and I will return with updates!

* According to feng shui we are in the 20 year cycle of the auspicious number 8 which began on 2004 and runs through 2024. So our tour guide in Beijing told us this is why the 2008 Olympics in Beijing opened on August 8th or in other words - 8/8/8!

Update: 2012 is the year of the water dragon and is quite auspicious for us water ox. I am so ready.

See links below for more information about visiting China

  • Visiting the Great Wall of China in Beijing
    I have to say, right up front, it was far more than I expected (see slide show of larger photos below). Before the Beijing Olympics, I was on my way home from Seoul, S. Korea to New York City. Thought it...
  • My Visit to a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Doc...
    There were 10 of us in Beijing who went to see four TCM doctors. Each absolutely accurate exam was done with a doctor looking at our tongue and putting his fingers to our pulse. There was no need for x-rays or blood tests. One man was even stunned th
  • Why is Number 8 a Lucky Number?
    Did you that we are in the 20 year cycle of the number 8? This is why China wanted the Olympics to open in Beijing on August 8, 2008.

Red Jade Carving

Amazing jade carving is about 3 feet long

Amazing jade carving is about 3 feet long

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Tom on June 18, 2014:

Hi BK, anyway we can buy and ship from china to US. jade bok choy


BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 30, 2012:

Darby son of Gill - I wish you'd write more about it!

Darby O'Gill on December 26, 2012:

I believe in leprechauns!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 16, 2010:

Thank you katiem2 - every time I look at the bok choy I just feel good. I too am a big fan of TCM and the culture. We can learn so much.

I'm glad you liked the hub and thanks so much for writing!

Katie McMurray from Ohio on September 16, 2010:

WOW how cool is this, YOUR trip how exciting. I have such a great respect and admiration for Traditional Chinese Medicine and Culture. Your good luck jade bok choy is an amazing treasure as is your story of your journey. Peace :)

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on July 04, 2010:

Ah, definetly. I had a wonderful tour guide and she took me specifically to the jade factory so I could buy the bok choy - so I can have some great money luck. I also bought jewelry and jade gifts.

I also know about the number 8 (I wrote a hub) and the lucky number 9.

Thanks for checking back!

EJ Travel from Shanghai, China on July 04, 2010:

Yeah, so you understand what's meaning for every pieces of Jade of yours right..

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on July 04, 2010:

Thank you EJ Travel - I love all the jade pieces I found in China and of course my beautiful jade bok choy and jade stand. It's so beautiful!

Thanks for writing!

EJ Travel from Shanghai, China on July 04, 2010:

Jade in China, most of Chinese love it cause we believe Jade could make you richer, lucky person..It's also Jade culture in China.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 04, 2010:

And you should have one then GreenThumbLady. Thanks for writing. And a big welcome! I'm enjoying your many hubs!

GreenThumbLady from The Beautiful Earth on June 04, 2010:

Oh my! I want one! So beautiful!

Choy Jagmoc on October 25, 2009:

Thank you

Choy Jagmoc on October 25, 2009:

Thank you

Carolyn on February 03, 2009:

Interesting - I've since read that Trump always uses feng shui.

VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on February 03, 2009:

I worked in the Citigroup offices for years, and one good thing I can say, even if I am glad I don't work there anymore,  is the decor in the international dept I worked was awesome and still is. 

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on February 02, 2009:

Hi VC - It seems we are beginning to embrace feng shui over here. I'd like to check out the Citigroup offices. It's such a complex science - and so much to learn but it does feel right. I read that Hong Kong is built on the principles of feng shui and they are enjoying unprecedented wealth!

VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on February 01, 2009:

BC: That's cool to be in the land of Jade and be able to purchase carvings. Very pretty! Citigroup at Citicorp Center hired Feng Shui experts to decorate its many offices. I found that interesting and open minded.

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