Happy ValleyHong Kong

Photo provided by Hong Kong Tourism Board
Photo provided by Hong Kong Tourism Board

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.

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Top hotels in Happy Valley

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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L'hotel Nina et Convention Centre
4.5 out of 5
8 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan
AU$79
per night
24 Sep. - 25 Sep.
3.9/5Very Good! (1,729 reviews)

Situated in Tsuen Wan, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Tsing Ma Bridge, Nathan Road Shopping District, and Victoria Harbour. Flower Market and Apliu ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,729 reviews)

"Service is very good. Hotel facility is out of date."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2019

L'hotel Nina et Convention Centre
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Regal Airport Hotel
4.5 out of 5
9 Cheong Tat Road, Chek Lap Kok
AU$222
per night
7 Oct. - 8 Oct.
3.9/5Very Good! (7,419 reviews)

Located in Islands District, this luxury hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from AsiaWorld-Expo and within 6 mi (10 km) of Citygate Outlets and Tung Chung Fort. Hong Kong ...

3.9/5Very Good! (7,419 reviews)

"Excellent location inside of the airport easy access to terminals"…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2019

Regal Airport Hotel
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pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon
4 out of 5
19 Luk Hop Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon
AU$83
per night
24 Sep. - 25 Sep.
4.3/5Excellent! (1,509 reviews)

Located in Eastern Kowloon, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mikiki, Plaza Hollywood, and Chi Lin Nunnery. Nan Lian Garden and Wong Tai Sin Temple are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,509 reviews)

"Great value for money. Very nice hotel. Slightly inconvenient location for major tourist sites."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep. 2019

pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon
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Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel
4.5 out of 5
180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
AU$184
per night
9 Oct. - 10 Oct.
4.2/5Excellent! (287 reviews)

Located in Southern District, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ocean Park, Jumbo Kingdom, and Repulse Bay. Repulse Bay Beach is 1.9 mi (3 km) ...

4.2/5Excellent! (287 reviews)

"long check in time and not enough parking space, which should be solved asap"…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2019

Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel
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Royal Plaza Hotel
4.5 out of 5
193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Kowloon
AU$130
per night
26 Sep. - 27 Sep.
4.5/5Wonderful! (7,144 reviews)

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (7,144 reviews)

"Quite luxurious facilities and the staff are very warm and friendly"…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep. 2019

Royal Plaza Hotel
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Rambler Oasis Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Tsing Yi Road, Tsing Yi
AU$38
per night
24 Sep. - 25 Sep.
3/5 (1,009 reviews)

Situated in Tsing Yi, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Tsing Ma Bridge, Apliu Street Market, and Victoria Harbour. Nathan Road Shopping District and Fa Hui ...

3/5 (1,009 reviews)

"Clean and peaceful. The view is fantastic. The place is convenient."…"

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2019

Rambler Oasis Hotel