Visit the World’s Biggest Fountains

Referred to as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously operating fountain in the world. The water here shoots up to a height of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water shooting up 202 meters (663 feet).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) found next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is #3 on the list. Regarded as the highest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky. twf030_ei__98017.jpg

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which shoots water 190 meters (620 feet) into the heavens.

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps operate at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain was opened in 2009 next to Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building. Once every half hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded songs while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

Lastly is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

Integrate the Spirit of Feng Shui into Your Backyard

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will introduce its beneficial energy into your home as well.

As far as the size of your garden goes, it is not particularly important when incorporating feng shui design to it. If you have a lush, eye-catching one, that is great, but even a smaller area works well with feng shui design.

The same tools you employ to incorporate feng shui design into your living space can be used in the garden. In order to learn the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first have to know your home’s bagua.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is important to start by learning how to bolster each of its five elements.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast part of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might consider putting some into a peaceful Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas perfect for a water feature.

Common Water Fountains Found in Japanese Landscapes

No Japanese garden is complete without a water element. You will often see Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing. It is unusual to see elaborately -designed Japanese fountains because the emphasis is supposed to be on the water itself.

Moreover, water fountains that have bamboo spouts are very common. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically constructed of natural rocks, and water trickles out. People typically make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are frequently put in place around a fountain so that it seems more in line with nature. As you can perhaps guess, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

An alternative is to find a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. The idea is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the surroundings, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Wherever there is plenty of open space, you have the possibility to build a more extensive water feature. Think about adding a delightful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

There are other options if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. It is acceptable to use representations of water in lieu of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. In addition, flat rocks can be laid out close enough together to create the impression of a rippling brook.


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