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The hotline to help Hong Kong mothers get baby formula received over 5,000 calls. Photo: Reuters

On a hotline to help Hong Kong mothers get baby formula receiving over 5,000 calls ...

Wednesday, 20 February, 2013, 4:12am

Only time can tell what to make of this 'wicked' lot

Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat draws fortune sticks for Hong Kong in Che Kung Temple. Photo: Felix Wong

In the annual ceremony at Sha Tin's Che Kung temple, Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat drew a stick bearing the number 95. The message on the stick, loosely translated, read: "In a splendid carriage you embarked on your journey. Today, you came home barefoot. Is it that you failed the imperial examination? Or did you lose all your gold in business?"

18 Feb 2013 - 5:09am

It's time for Hong Kong to make its own luck

Annual Taoist ritual to pick Hong Kong's fortune stick at the Che Kung Temple should be let go of. Photo: Felix Wong

No matter how one spins these fortune sticks at the Che Kung Temple, as Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat tried to, this is one of those "rituals" we need to let go of.

18 Feb 2013 - 1:59pm 1 comment

Fortune-teller's cookies soothed the little beasts

These powdery, sweet biscuits, sometimes with a meat filling, are said to be native to Foshan in Guangdong province.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Changing fortunes for temple soothsayers

Want to know your fortune using divination sticks according to ancient Taoist principles? One of Hong Kong's most famous temples has just the app.

A new smartphone application being tested by the Wong Tai Sin Temple allows people to learn their futures by keying the number printed on a divination stick into their iPhone.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Have your say

How to make friends and influence people

Does no one like to talk to you or play with you at school? Do you sometimes feel very lonely?

If you want to make more friends, here are some useful tips for you.

First, try to talk to people in a friendly way.

If you are friendly, others will try to accept you more.

20 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Mother stole after fortune teller's advice

An unemployed mother said she stole from a supermarket after receiving advice from a fortune teller that she should steal to protect the health of her son, a court heard yesterday.

But the claim by Chan Chui-fa, 38, was rejected by Tsuen Wan Acting Principal Magistrate Lambert Lee Ka-chai who described it as 'ridiculous'.

22 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Talk back

Q Are young Hongkongers becoming more superstitious?

Psychologist Richard Wiseman is finding out how superstitious Britain is through an online survey with the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

13 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

What is my deadline?

I want to know when I will die.

No kidding. As I sipped coffee in an empty cafe and glanced around the quiet mall at the height of the Sars outbreak, the thought came again.

If you believe something in life is destined to be, then knowing when you'll die seems very practical.

1 May 2003 - 12:00am


DAYS BEFORE her HKCEE last year, Cheung Hang-yi went to Wong Tai Sin Temple, where she used a batch of bamboo sticks to get a glimpse of her future.

'I was quite nervous. It was an important exam after all,' she recalled. 'The bamboo stick I got said I was going to do well. You can say it was right, but I have been doing well in school all along.'

6 Feb 2002 - 12:00am