Villagers in Chongqing’s Qijiang district normally wake up to the sight of white cliffs and green grass—but they can now expect to see a somewhat less unfamiliar shade on the hills.

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A villager in Chongqing hired painters to cover a 2,000 square metre section of a cliff in green paint. Photo:

Local media reported that a villager in the town of Ganshui in the district felt the white cliffs were affecting his home’s feng shui, and hired painters to cover a 2,000 square metre section of the cliffs in green paint.

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Three men scale the sides of the cliffs. Photo:

Feng shui is a traditional Chinese philosophy which dictates that an individual’s surroundings influences one’s luck. It is often used to determine the design and orientation of buildings, as well as interior design.

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The four men scaling the side of the cliffs inspect the cliffs. Photo:

Local authorities are said to be investigating any possible environmental damage the paint may have on the cliffs.

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One of the workers adding a layer of green paint to the cliff. Photo:
Vicky Wong

Vicky Wong

Vicky is a British-born Chinese journalist with three years of experience covering UK politics. She previously worked for PoliticsHome and has interned at Sky News and CNN International. She also co-produced and filmed a documentary about the Hong Kong protests for MSNBC, which won the grand student prize at the 2015 Human Rights Press Awards. She has a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading and moved to Hong Kong in 2014 to complete a journalism masters at the University of Hong Kong.