Hong Kong Fortune Telling: Kau Chim at Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Chin Temple

Updated: Jun 19, 2019

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Chin Temple in Kowloon, Sha Tin is famed for it's many answered prayers. There is an Oblation Arcade along with an area where Taoist worshipers leave offerings and preform Kau Chim.

Kau Chim is the practice of fortune telling through Lottery Poem sticks or Jiaobei. A worshiper will seek solutions to questions or prayers before an alter at a Taoist Temple.

The prediction begins with the chim bucket containing the flat sticks. After someone has finished their devotions, they purify the cylinder by rotating it around an incense burner three times. They kneel in prayer, asking their question to the deity, either aloud or by whispering. Shaking the cylinder, which is usually tipped slightly downward, results in at least one stick leaving the cylinder and falling to the floor. In most cases, if multiple sticks leave the cylinder, those fortune