Happy Valley Racecourse

Happy Valley Racecourse

It is hard to find a more exciting place to be on Wednesday nights in Hong Kong than Happy Valley Racecourse (跑馬地馬場). This racecourse for horse racing is a cheap, but the great tourist attraction. Even if you are not a horse racing fan, the carnival atmosphere, racing thrills, cheering, and amazing surrounding of the racecourse will make you have a great time.

Horse racing in Hong Kong has a long history. British built the first course in Happy Valley Racecourse in 1845 and the first race was held in 1846. The current capacity of the venue is 55,000.

Entrance is cheap, just HK$10. Minimum bet is HK$10, but you don’t have to bet if you don’t want to. If you never did horse betting before, don’t worry. Most of the staff and locals will gladly help you to go through the betting system. If you are lucky, you might even get a good betting tip.

Cheap and tasty food and drinks are available at many open air stalls. There are also all-inclusive packages with buffet BBQ dinner and free alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, with table seats and better view.

The Hong Kong Racing Museum (12:00-19:00; 12:00-21:00 on races night; free) located on the second floor of Happy Valley Racecourse is dedicated to horse racing in Hong Kong. In four galleries, covering an area of 560 m² (6,028 ), items, wax figures, horse skeletons and photos dating back to the 19th century are exhibited, showing the rich history of the horse racing in Hong Kong. This museum is small but very interesting. It shows the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Happy Valley Racecourse amazing development through the history. One hour is quite than enough for this museum.

Location: 2 Sports Road
Web address: www.hkjc.com/home/english/index.asp
Entrance fee: HK$10
Opening hours: 19:30-22:30
Metro:  On Island metro line get off at the Causeway Bay station, Exit A. Happy Valley Tram (HK$2.3)
Recommended time for a visit: 2-3 hours