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Happy ValleyHong Kong

Mingle with the punters at this famous racecourse for one of Hong Kong’s favourite sporting pastimes.

The history of horse racing in Hong Kong dates back to the mid-19th century, shortly after the British arrived, bringing with them their love of the sport of kings. Although in the early days it was only accessible to the rich and powerful, over the decades it became less exclusive and was enthusiastically adopted by the local population.

Happy Valley during the racing season (September to July) is a great place to spend some time in the lively company of thousands of cheering punters, in complete contrast to the more serious atmosphere of American or British racecourses. Here there are no high fashion dress codes or corporate hospitality, and the focus is very much on having fun. Most of the races are held at night, with the bright lights creating a dramatic setting and trackside beer tents and food stalls adding to the excitement. In between races, the party continues with live music and entertainment to enhance the betting frenzy. The levels of betting range from quick flutters to some serious professional gambling. The Hong Kong Jockey Club website contains some helpful information on the different kinds of bets and how to place them, so check before your visit if in doubt.

Several prestigious events are held throughout the season, such as the Hong Kong Derby, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the Hong Kong International Races, where the competition is more intense and the cosmopolitan crowd is glamorous and well-heeled. But at a regular meeting, you can enjoy a fun night out with the local crowd at a fraction of the price. You can also take a free walk around the grounds during the day to enjoy the views.

Happy Valley is on northern Hong Kong Island and the closest MTR station is Causeway Bay. If you’re not in a hurry and want to save your pennies for the tote, take the scenic route by tram instead.

Top hotels in Happy Valley

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Royal Plaza Hotel
Royal Plaza Hotel
4.5 out of 5
193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Kowloon
The price is RM240 per night

Located in Mong Kok, this luxury hotel is steps away from Flower Market and Yuen Po Bird Market. Mong Kok Stadium and Sneaker Street are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (7,972 reviews)

"good location near the shopping mall and supermarket. grand decoration"…"

Reviewed on 24 May 2020

Royal Plaza Hotel
Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong
Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong
5 out of 5
1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
The price is RM359 per night

Located in North Point, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Harbour ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,422 reviews)

"rooftop swimming pool is great especially at night, the harbour night view is spectacular"…"

Reviewed on 22 May 2020

Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong
L'hotel Nina et Convention Centre
L'hotel Nina et Convention Centre
4.5 out of 5
8 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan
The price is RM183 per night

Situated in Tsuen Wan, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tsuen Wan Park and Maritime Square. Nathan Road Shopping District and Ladies' Market are ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,454 reviews)

"It is a good place for leisure stay. Staff are very friendly."…"

Reviewed on 19 May 2020

L'hotel Nina et Convention Centre
Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel
Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel
4.5 out of 5
180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
The price is RM555 per night

Located in Southern District, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ocean Park, Repulse Bay and Wan Chai Road. Repulse Bay Beach and Wan Chai Market ...

4.3/5Excellent! (696 reviews)

"Clean & comfort room with nice view. Felt relax in this new hotel. The breakfast buffet is nice served with good quality of food especially the bread, I really like it."…"

Reviewed on 25 May 2020

Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel
The Mira Hong Kong Hotel
The Mira Hong Kong Hotel
5 out of 5
Mira Place, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM412 per night

Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, this luxury hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Harbour City, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ladies' Market and Lan Kwai Fong. Ocean Park and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,064 reviews)

"It’s a birthday celebration and it was blissful to stay in the Mira Hong Kong. It was very kind of the hotel to prepare a little surprise to celebrate the birthday. It is a very good choice provided that we can travel anywhere at the moment. Hotel is located in the heart of TST and you can go to ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 May 2020

The Mira Hong Kong Hotel
Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong
Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong
4 out of 5
88 Siena Ave, Discovery Bay
The price is RM506 per night

Located in Islands District, this spa hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Discovery Bay Golf Club and within 9 miles (15 km) of Hong Kong Disneyland and AsiaWorld-Expo. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,637 reviews)

"Peace & quiet on Discovery Bay away from busy Hong Kong island. Less pollution because of the sea breeze."…"

Reviewed on 15 May 2020

Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong

Popular places to visit in Happy Valley

Hong Kong Disneyland
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Hong Kong Disneyland

4.5/5(87 reviews)

Explore themed worlds and enjoy exciting rides and attractions at one of Disney's famous ultra-modern resorts.

Ocean Park
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Ocean Park

4.5/5(51 reviews)

Make friends with giant pandas and alligators and check out the thrilling rides at this award-winning Hong Kong favourite.

Victoria Harbour
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Victoria Harbour

4.5/5(178 reviews)

Ride the famous Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island, enjoy one of the worlds great skylines and see the night sky light up in a symphony of light and sound.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
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Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

4/5(93 reviews)

Jutting into busy Victoria Harbour, this modern facility looks like a winged creature ready to take flight. It hosts over five million event visitors annually.

Lan Kwai Fong
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Lan Kwai Fong

4/5(104 reviews)

Party with the in-crowd in Hong Kong’s favourite hotspot.

Ladies' Market
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Ladies' Market

4/5(219 reviews)

Lose yourself amid the stalls, massage vendors, restaurants and chaos of this market in one of the most densely populated suburbs on Earth. 

Top things to do in Happy Valley

Horse Races Pub Crawl
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Horse Races Pub Crawl

100% of travellers recommend
RM56
Per adult
Plaza Premium Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
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Plaza Premium Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

72% of travellers recommend
RM251
Per adult
Lantau Island Tour with Big Buddha, Tai O Boat Ride & Lunch
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Lantau Island Tour with Big Buddha, Tai O Boat Ride & Lunch

86% of travellers recommend
RM614
Per adult
Macau Sightseeing Tour from Hong Kong
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Macau Sightseeing Tour from Hong Kong

82% of travellers recommend
RM582
Per adult
Plaza Premium First at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
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Plaza Premium First at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

92% of travellers recommend
RM349
Per adult
Skip-the-Line The Peak Tram & Hong Kong Island Tour with Stanley Market
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Skip-the-Line The Peak Tram & Hong Kong Island Tour with Stanley Market

88% of travellers recommend
RM140
Per adult

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