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Fortune Tellers at Temple Street Night Market

There is a long tradition of fortune telling in and around temples, and this has extended now into the Temple Street Night Market were fortune tellers await.

Each fortune teller has a small stall with a table and chair and posters put up explaining his methods. A variety of methods of fortune telling are used including examination of the hands, ears and use of Chinese astrology. Some of the fortune tellers have sufficient English to give a reading to tourists, check with them first before joining a queue!  Signs up in English at there stall normally indicate a willingness to do a reading in English.

Watch out for the unique Chinese fortune telling by bird method, where a small caged bird will select a card from a large pack, and on that card will be a fortune just for you.

Where to find them:

Although traditionally associated with the Night Market the fortunetellers are not actually inside the officially part of the market, instead they are closer to the Temple itself as they have always been.  To find them walk along the Temple Street Night Market northwards and go past the Yau Ma Tei library until you reach the temple gardens.

If it is late enough, then you'll find the fortunetellers have set up their tents in a row along Market Street, between the government services building (which houses a convenient public lavatory) and the temple gardens.

A little further along the road, turning right again, is into the area where the Opera Singer tents are located.

Temple Street Gallery

Vibrant sight by day and night


Get to the Night Market

Visitors and locals alike congregate in the evenings in Hong Kong's last remaining Night Market. The Night Market at Temple Street has been a fixture of the Jordan/Yau Ma Tei district since at least the 1920s and probably before.

Today it boasts market stalls with fashions and accessories, seafood and claypot rice in traditional Dai Pai Dong restaurants, fortunetellers and tarot card readers, and Cantonese Opera singers. Nowhere else in Hong Kong is such an interesting cross section of Hong Kong culture, cuisine, commerce and society to be found.


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