Attraction 2 Sports Rd., Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island Published on: 05-08-2016
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Why Happy Valley Racecourse is special ?
Nothing beats the excitement of mid-week racing under the lights at Happy Valley. Surrounded by skyscrapers and looped by Hong Kong Island's famous tramline, Happy Valley racing is so popular that thousands of racegoers will come to enjoy the party atmosphere. Whether in the Public Enclosure or a private box, the views are excellent; the atmosphere is electric and the racing is first-class.
Night racing was introduced at Happy Valley in 1973. Now, the Hong Kong Jockey Club uses the racecourse for races on several Wednesday evenings a month from September to early July. There aren't races every Wednesday evening during the racing season. The Group 1 world-class races that involve the world's fastest horses are held on Saturdays or Sundays in Shatin.
What to explore at Happy Valley Racecourse?
There are up to 40,000 people go on Wednesday nights during the racing season that extends from September to early July.
The residential hi-rise buildings are lit up with dazzling color for a background for the event. There are some restaurants and bars where people can have meals and get snacks, and beer is relatively cheap.
Now, the Hong Kong Jockey Club uses the racecourse for races on several Wednesday evenings a month from September to early July. There aren't races every Wednesday evening during the racing season. The Group 1 world-class races that involve the world's fastest horses are held on Saturdays or Sundays in Shatin.
How to get to Happy Valley Racecourse?
MTR (subway): The MTR Causeway Bay Station is nearby. Use Exit A. You can walk or take minibuses from the station.
Tram: Taking the Happy Valley Tram would probably be the funnest and quickest way to get there. The scenic ride costs only two HKD (about 25 US cents). Get on the tram marked "Happy Valley".
Bus: Happy Valley has two bus terminals. A number of bus routes service the area. If you cross the bay on the Star Ferry, you can get a bus at the Central ferry terminal. The ferry ride itself is worth the time and the approximately 2 HKD ticket price to see the city and enjoy the boat ride.
- Great night at the races
- Surreal experience in the middle of a city
- Another world in your backyard
- An evening of fun and excitement
2 Sports Rd., Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island
Tips for you
Happy Valley racecourse is a must for us each time we visit Hong Kong [if the racing is on naturally!]. Its setting is magical - the course is surrounded by skyscrapers and at night could rival Disney - the atmosphere is great, and the evening is one not to be missed. The area is small enough that you can get close and watch the horses parade before the race ['that's the one I'm going to back, I'm sure it just winked at me!'], and then you can move across and be on the rails for the actual events.and see the whole thing both actually and on the big screen showing the parts of the track that you cannot see. Mind you it is almost as much fun to watch the people watching the races!!! It is very cheap to get in - unless you want to get up into the boxes [which I dont recommend, the fun is on the ground!], and bets can be small. You can get both food and drink - we've never tried the former we're always too busy, but we do buy pitchers of lager to share - often necessary because of the amount of encouragement shouted to your runner!! We wouldn't miss it - it is an evening of fun and excitement - we've never come away richer [perhaps that horse just had a twitch!!] but that's not why we go. Do watch out for the fact that the area surrounding the area is more or less gridlocked before an event so allow plenty of time to get there and get in, and it isn't always easy to get away after the event - the trams do line up outside the course and it is worth thinking of taking one of them - just to get away from the area if they are not going your way!