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1. Practicing "kau cim" (Divination) at Hong Kong Wong Tai Sin Temple 黃大仙祠 (香港) 求簽

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Recorded : 11-5-2017 Sony D100 Wong Tai Sin Temple (Chinese: 黃大仙祠; Jyutping: wong4 daai6 sin1 ci4) is a well known shrine and major tourist attraction in Hong Kong.[1] It is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, or the Great Immortal Wong.[2] The 18,000-m² Taoist temple is famed for the many prayers answered: "What you request is what you get" (有求必應) via a practice called kau cim. The temple is located on the southern side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon. Kau Cim 求簽, Kau Chim or Lottery poetry (simplified Chinese: 求签; traditional Chinese: 求簽) is a fortune telling practice that originated in China in which the querent (person asking the question) requests answers from a sacred oracle lot. The practice is often performed in a Taoist or Buddhist temple in front of an altar. Kau Cim is often referred to as Chien Tung or Chinese Fortune Sticks by westerners. In the USA, a version has been sold since 1915 under the name Chi Chi Sticks. Kau Cim is also sometimes known as "The Oracle of Kuan Yin" in Buddhist traditions.

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2. The Temple of Wong Tai Sin

The Temple of Wong Tai Sin

We take stroll around Hong Kong's busiest Temple to try and clear some of the smoke around what goes on inside. We give our offerings, visit the shrines and even ask a question to Wong Tai Sin...

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3. Wong Tai Sin Temple

  • Published: 2015-05-11T09:46:35Z
  • By sammishew
Wong Tai Sin Temple

Wong Tai Sin Temple is a well known shrine and major tourist attraction in Hong Kong.[1] It is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin. The temple is located on the southern side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon.The Wong Tai Sin Temple’s claim to ‘make every wish come true upon request’ might have something to do with its popularity. Home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism) its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it as much a scenic attraction as an important religious centre. From the recording, we can think of the environment that is crowd with many people, as Lunar New Year is coming soon, the temple use the announcement to distribute the visitors to different zone. The area is open area, that we can hear little wind and bird sound. Visitors like make wishes and check their future by using bamboo sticks, so we can hear many bamboo sticks sound, that cab predict the area that using the bamboo sticks is quite large.

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4. Wong Tai Sin Visit

  • Published: 2015-05-12T06:13:47Z
  • By Kandyee
Wong Tai Sin Visit

Location: Wong Tai Sin Temple Date: 2015/2/13 Time: 1400-1630 It was my first visit to Wong Tai Sin. But in facts, I always visit Wong Tai Sin or just passed by the Lung Cheung Road. It is just located at right beside the Lung Cheung Road and in a residential society. Convenient to visitors of the temple. Not many temples are located so near the bustle and hustle road that you can hear the traffics in Hong Kong so clear. It is a characteristic of Wong Tai Sin. I stood at the middle between the main entrance of the door and the Lung Cheung Road. It is not very common but you can always listen at some temples and especially on Chinese New year. Windmill represents bringing good luck and let the old things away. It is a kind of special for Chinese myth. When I just stood beside the windmill stalls, could hear something keeps turning and turning. Somehow is a ‘sound mark’ in our Chinese tradition. Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the most famous traditional temple in HK. However, the languages that can be heard most in this visit was not Chinese. English, Mandarin and even here is Japanese, would be surround me throughout the whole visit. It would be a bit ironic, the Chinese traditional temple in HK, why not local Hong Kong people could be found mostly here? I walked within ten steps, another group of tourists were in front of me straightly. This time, they are Chinese. How many Hong Kong people have not hear the ‘real’ bamboo fortune sticks sound in a temple? Some may think that most should be heard before as they would also visit temple in some festivals. To me, no. I am already 20 but really have not been to any temple. It was the first time to try the bamboo fortune sticks. Kept the bamboo fortune sticks in the sticks holder and shake, it came out a clear and melodious sound. Until one stick dropped out from the holder, I could take this stick to another side of the temple to seek the explanation of my bamboo fortune stick. I went to an explanation stall and paid $20. I asked for the stuff of my family. An explainer told me the explanation of the lottery poems of that stick. And also she gave me some suggestions to prevent the conflicts with my family. In fact, she was an old woman with accent. I could not hear clearly for some of her words. To be honest, to some modern people in Hong Kong, stepping into a temple is a boring stuff as they do not believe in the ‘Chinese God’. Even the sound of the fortune sticks or people’s explanation of those sticks, to them are some sound phobia. Although these sound are valued in our Chinese tradition, to modern people, they do not have interest to have a ‘touch’ to this valued things then they are not patient at all. However, if our generation do not even treasure this kind of traditional value, I really afraid that one day, this kind of special culture of China will discover one day. All sounds that can be found within the Wong Tai Sin Temple would become a disappeared soundmark and not to be found anymore. To local citizens in Wong Tai Sin, it is not just a spot for visiting, but carries different meanings to them. Listen, ‘dat…dat……dat…dat…dat…’ Something was hit with unequal frequencies. It was a kind of daily activity of the ‘uncle’ in the Wong Tai Sin society – playing chess. Obviously, it is a place for citizens’ leisure. Throughout the whole visit, there was always a soundnote that almost everyone can hear everywhere in the temple. An announcement kept playing in the whole temple. I doubted that temple should a place for worshiping or making people’s own wishes, but the annoying announcement was really disturbing, at least to me. Although it was a reminder for people there would be another function on another place, I thought it was not the best way for its own promotion. After this first visit to Wong Tai Sin, not only discovered some sound that never hear, but also got some reflection on my own. Wong Tai Sin Temple is very traditional in HK, but if it was not the visit from the course, I think I won’t go this special place on my own. I think our generation should treasure more on this kind of culture with great traditional values. Otherwise, if no one wants to care about this, I don’t know whether the further realistic development would eliminate these values. New generation should keep a touch with the tradition value.

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5. Wong Tai Sin 2

  • Published: 2015-05-11T09:46:33Z
  • By sammishew
Wong Tai Sin 2

Wong Tai Sin Temple is a well known shrine and major tourist attraction in Hong Kong.[1] It is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin. The temple is located on the southern side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon.The Wong Tai Sin Temple’s claim to ‘make every wish come true upon request’ might have something to do with its popularity. Home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism) its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it as much a scenic attraction as an important religious centre. From the recording, we can think of the environment that is crowd with many people, as Lunar New Year is coming soon, the temple use the announcement to distribute the visitors to different zone. The area is open area, that we can hear little wind and bird sound. Visitors like make wishes and check their future by using bamboo sticks, so we can hear many bamboo sticks sound, that cab predict the area that using the bamboo sticks is quite large.

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6. Wong Tai Sin

  • Published: 2015-05-11T09:46:30Z
  • By sammishew
Wong Tai Sin

Wong Tai Sin Temple is a well known shrine and major tourist attraction in Hong Kong.[1] It is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin. The temple is located on the southern side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon.The Wong Tai Sin Temple’s claim to ‘make every wish come true upon request’ might have something to do with its popularity. Home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism) its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it as much a scenic attraction as an important religious centre. From the recording, we can think of the environment that is crowd with many people, as Lunar New Year is coming soon, the temple use the announcement to distribute the visitors to different zone. The area is open area, that we can hear little wind and bird sound. Visitors like make wishes and check their future by using bamboo sticks, so we can hear many bamboo sticks sound, that cab predict the area that using the bamboo sticks is quite large.

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