Asia may have modernized over the years, but Chinese around the region still turn to local geomancers for advice as the year of the wooden horse gallops in.
Seeking advice on feng shui, an ancient science aimed at creating balance, may be a case of "I don't believe in ghosts, but I'm still afraid of them."
While feng shui is usually used to position objects and in architecture, the more superstitious believe it can divine the future, and many seek out feng shui masters and geomancers to choose auspicious dates for life events, such as marriages.
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"The usual attitude is most clients believe it's better to be prepared, just in case. You may never know the proof of (whether) it works, but it's better to be prepared," Brandon Chua, a feng shui master at Pure Feng Shui, told CNBC. "People treat it like a service."
The younger ethnic Chinese sometimes aren't terribly convinced of the power of divination.
"My fiancee and I didn't have the initial intention to get a geomancer to set an auspicious wedding date," Sharon Chang, a 28-year-old manager at a Singapore government agency, said via email. "We knew our parents and relatives would prefer us to do so and since we weren't completely against it, we went ahead."