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Happy Valley Racecourse

1Overview

Embraced by the "jungle" of modern skyscrapers, the Happy Valley Racecourse is the first racecourse (the other is Sha Tin Racecourse) in Hong Kong and the best place to experience the unique culture of house racing in this amazing city.

On the night of every Wednesday, an international crowd would gather here, dancing to the beats of music, clink glasses of beer from all around the world, and cheering on the horses they bet on.

Members or visitors, locals or tourists, anyone here could enjoy a great time immersed in the merry atmosphere.

2Bet on Your Luck in Horse Races
Horse Race

In most cases, Wednesday is the only racing day at the Happy Valley Racecourse, and it is a night event. From 7:15 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., eight races occurring at 0.5-hour intervals will create a remarkable memory of buzz and excitement.

Before every single race, all the horses and jockeys will make a debut around the course for the final review, which provides the last chance for bettors to choose their horses. The minimum bet is as low as 10 Hong Kong dollars while the ways to bet on horses are diversified. For a green hand or tourist, you could make a bet by simply choosing the horse’s location or ranking.

The atmosphere here is unbelievably good and the whole site appears to be a big party. Thousands of passionate audiences would fix their eyes on the race course, yelling to encourage their horses and drinking beer to cheer themselves up.

Winning or losing, having fun is all that matters.

3Indulge Yourself in the Night Carnival "Happy Wednesday"
Happy Wednesday

F & B is also an indispensable part of the racing. Although more choices are available nowadays, beer plus a hamburger or hot dog is still the most popular match to go with the game. Music is another highlight, which is usually played by a band before the first race and during intervals to keep the atmosphere alive and bustling. That is the early form of "Happy Wednesday".

Nowadays, it has developed into a thematic night carnival that makes the Happy Valley Racecourse a hot gathering spot of the young following the famed Lan Kwai Fong and So Ho.

From the band, singers, to the activities, shows and a fine selection of food and beverage varying according to specific themes, this night carnival adds so much fun to the weekly event that sometimes the racing feels more like a background especially for those who have little interest in horse racing.

Note: Major activity areas of Happy Wednesday include Beer Garden, Adrenaline, The Gallery, Young Members Wing Room.

4Delve in the local horse-racing culture at Hong Kong Racing Museum
Victoria Peak

On the 2nd floor of the Merry Stand, there is a horse racing-themed museum that displays the historical and other interesting materials of Hong Kong’s horse racing since 1846, including the the development of Happy Valley Racecourse and Sha Tin Racecourse, the information of several famed racing horses and the skeleton of the three-term champion Ma Luyi.

Eight exhibition halls are arranged here, as well as a 84-seat cinema regularly screening horse racing videos, a gift gallery for horse-related memorabilia and a charity hall where charity exhibition is held occasionally, all contributing to provide a great insight into the unique culture of horse racing in Hong Kong.

  • Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 12: 00-19: 00.
  • Elevator is required for ups and downs.
  • Entrance Fee: Free.
5Good to Know

1. Visitors accepted to the Racecourse must be 18 or older with valid travel documents to Hong Kong.

2. Entrances are differentiated: G entrance for visitors and member entrances only for members.

3. No racing is held in summer for health of horses.

4. The racecourse is more like a gym when there is no race, with many locals doing exercises, walking, running, etc.

6Directories

1. Location: 1 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.

2. How to get there: Get out of Exit A of MTR Causeway Bay Station, and walk along the Wong Nai Chung Road for about 20 minutes.

3. Racing Time: 7: 15 p.m. - 11:00, every Wednesday.

4. Entrance Fee:
a. For a visitor seat: 10HKD per person (The Octopus Card is accepted)
b. For a member seat without membership:
Tourists' badges can be purchased at the ticket office of the Member's Seat: 100HKD per person for regular event day and 150HKD per person for special event day.

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