Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Fortune Telling Street Near Yau Ma Tei Tin Hau Temple in Hong Kong #fortunetellingstreet

I was on my way to temple street night market and thought this was it; with makeshift gazebo tents, the atmosphere was surprisingly quiet, unlike Ladies Market along Tung Choi Street.

Turned out it's the famous fortune telling street in Hong Kong that's near Yau Ma Tei Tin Hau Temple! However, compared to my visit over twenty years ago, its popularity appeared to have waned even though i don't recall there were so many stalls offering the divination service then.

Note: I am assuming all the tents were exclusively reserved for fortune telling. Was it because i arrived too late at about 9.00 pm and /or it was a weekday? 

 There was a variety of divination methods; from the traditional Chinese way of face / palm reading to the more westernized Tarot card divination. If you don't understand Chinese or Cantonese, just look out for the words "English speaking" if you are keen to have your fortune read.

To attract attention, some would indicate their specialties; for example, love life, whereas others might publicize their authenticity (years of experience / practice etc) and participation in television shows. 

Even though i was brought up in a Taoist environment, i dislike having my fortune read. Yes, you might gain some insight over your future but there's a tendency you would rely on the "future" to determine your current actions, which is something i am worried about as it should be your current actions affecting your future and not the other way around. 

Nonetheless, it's interesting to hear what the fortune teller says. I may not like my fortune to be read but i don't mind being a companion to someone who does. Pity Alex isn't into fortune telling too! Maybe i should bring my mum along to Hong Kong next time! 


Near Yau Ma Tei Community Centre Rest Garden,
Temple Street, Hong Kong

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