Happy Valley Racecourse

Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Since almost every local we have met warned us about the upcoming apocalypse aka summer heat, we decided to survey the racecourse before the temperature gets unbearable. Happy Valley Racecourse was first built in 1845 and is one of two racecourses used by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. It was originally built to provide horse racing for the British people of Hong Kong. Races usually take place on Wednesday nights and are open to the public as well as members of the Club.  It is located in the heart of Happy Valley.

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walking from Times Square you will see this before the entrance

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main entrance to the beer garden (Exit G). $10HKD pp for an entrance fee (can use your Octopus card)

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look out for these signs to give you direction

Inside the beer garden you can find food and alcohol stands. They sell mostly beer, but you can find cocktails and other refreshments inside the pavilion.

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you can buy pitchers of beer to share

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there were many finger food options like hot dogs and french fries

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By the end of the night, people were shouting at the TV monitors!

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$20HKD ($2.50 USD) is the minimum betting amount

There are roughly two races per hour and each race lasts for about one minute. The first race starts at 7:15 pm and the last race ends at 11:00 pm. There are normally 7 to 8 races at each meeting.

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2nd floor standing area overlooking the race track

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The racetrack is hedged by apartment buildings.

The easiest and fastest way to get to the racetrack would be with a taxi. Average fares from Central to the racetrack will be around $42 HKD. Taking a tram would give you a more scenic and economical route: fares are $2 HKD a person. Make sure to get off at the Happy Valley Terminus. Taking the MTR will give you the longest route: it is about a 20-minute walk from the nearest Causeway Bay MTR line.

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