The Feng Shui methods for the selection of housing sites in the countryside can be summarized in the following four principles:
- The principle of systematic analysis is the foundation for other principles. Every factor within the environmental system is related to others. When applying Feng Shui, the goal is to find an optimized balance of all major factors.
- The site should be supported by vital chi. For example, a favorable site should be surrounded by good hills and water. A topographic analysis of a specific site should be considered in addition to the regional information.
- A favorable site should have a good orientation, such as facing south for those located in China.
- Geologic and hydrologist data can provide more detailed information sets to perform the physiography analysis.