At 77 years old, Grandmaster Yap Cheng Hai is not only one of the world’s most famous Feng Shui masters. To describe him that way only touches on the tip of the iceberg! Master Yap is also a multi-millionaire businessman with hugely successful businesses in aggregates. He is renown for the number of other millionaires he has created – those of you involved in the Feng Shui world will know that Lillian Too, South East Asia’s first female CEO, had her successes and went on to being such a prolific writer after Grandmaster Yap had consulted for her.
Grandmaster Yap in the livery of Exeter College, Oxford University during a light-hearted moment in his stay
He’s also a family man with three grown children, and a Grandmaster of Wushu Chinese Martial Arts with students who’ve grown up to become Kung Fu masters around the globe. He is a practicing Buddhist, having learned Tibetan Buddhism from one of Grandmaster Sheng-yen Lu’s teachers. It’s also worth mentioning that beneath the fiery temperament that accompanies many old-style Wushu masters like him, is an incredibly caring, honest and dignified man who sees beauty in the world and believes in humanity. He is a truly special person, and his energy and enthusiasm belie his years.
Grandmaster Yap was the UK to teach a number of students and to meet several friends like the Five Ancestors Style Master, Sifu Han. We were delighted to join his teaching and then to be his hosts as we toured the country. Here are some of the photos from our tour:
Back to School – Grandmaster Yap and Angela Ang in the grounds of Exeter College, Oxford
Master and student – Grandmaster Yap and Angela enjoy lunchtime in the halls
Master Yap and Angela Ang at the University gates. If your name is not down you’re not coming in!
Grandmaster Yap and Angela having a comedy moment in the library. Master Yap and Angela are not only teacher and student, they’re also great friends. In fact Master Yap knew Angela’s ancestor, Master Ang.
After Oxford, we headed for Wales so that Grandmaster Yap could give practical instruction on mountains and the elements of the land.
Grandmaster Yap and Angela pause for refreshment on Snowdonia
When Grandmaster Yap goes out, the sun comes too. The weather was wonderful. Master Yap jokes that it is because he helped an American Indian Shaman before!
After a short Feng Shui Tour in Buckingham, we went to London and the open top tour buses and river cruises provided us with the ideal opportunity to look at the significance of further sights. This shot was taken in Greenwich by the Cutty Sark, a famous clipper that plied the oceans to bring home the finest teas from China.
The new home of the Mayor of London viewed from the Thames. Master Yap has studied great architectural sites around the world. For instance, the Taj Mahal is built on a foundation of coins. While this seems flamboyant, it isn’t. Why? Because if an earthquake were to occur, the coins would allow some give. However buildings which are built for fashion present many issues..
“The Pyramids are of great interest to me as they are of spiritual significance”, says Grandmaster Yap as we visit his Mummy friends at the British Museum. In years gone people were able to travel freely through different dimensions. However nowadays, people’s hearts are heavy with greed, hatred and ignorance and this prevents most people from realising the powers that are latent within them. The Egyptians had access to these.
Why do Kung Fu Masters always get associated with gangsters? After shopping on Bond Street we went for Siu Yuk and Rice in Bayswater before going to see the musical, Bombay Dreams
Before Grandmaster departed for Kuala Lumpar, we went to see one of his old friend, Master Han. Master Han has not only impressive skills in the Ngo Cho style, he also cooks an impressive Gai Fun (Chicken Rice). We thank him for his hospitality. Sadly after all these snaps, our cameras batteries died on us and left us without a photo of him!