The city of Hong Kong occupies a unique position in history as a crossroads between Western and Chinese cultures. According to the Sik Sik Yuen, the managing organization of the Wong Tai Sin Temple: The temple remained private until 1956, when Sik Sik Yuen successfully petitioned the Hong Kong government to allow the temple to be opened on a permanent basis. It should be noted that the Sik Sik Yuen now provides worshippers with online access to prayer services. The people of Hong Kong suffered terribly during the Japanese occupation. Wong Tai Sin had already woven the mystical with the practical by providing healing prescriptions and savvy commentary on issues ranging from temple management to the political situation at the time. The intersection between the pragmatic affairs of the temple and worship of the divine that characterized the cult at this early stage should be underscored at this point.