Happy Valley, Hong Kong
If you come to Hong Kong, it is a very worthwhile experience to enjoy the fierce horse races at a great racecourse, which can be exciting. Horse racing sport in the city commenced in 1841, after the arrival of the British. In 1884, the Jockey Club was founded. Then in 1971, it was changed to a professional horse racing institution from an amateur one. Today, the club is ranked as one the biggest and leading horse racing clubs in Asia. It has won respect and popularity among all sectors of Hong Kong by its illustrious history and fine traditions.
Generally speaking, a racing season lasts for about eleven months, from early September to mid July of the next year. During that period, more than 700 races are held. Daytime races usually take place on Saturdays or Sundays at Sha Tin Racecourse, while night races are often held on Wednesdays at Happy Valley Racecourse, unless a certain day happens to be a holiday. International first-class races are held at both racecourses, including Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Longines HK International Races, and the Champions Mile Race, which are all targeted at world-famous horses.
In addition to hosting horse racing events and providing lottery activities, the Club has long been engaged in donating to charitable causes. It devotes the surplus each year to charity and community projects, for example, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Victoria Park, Hong Kong Ocean Park, and HK Stadium are all constructed under the investment of the club, successfully combining horse racing sports with public welfare undertakings.
|Happy Valley Racecourse|
Happy Valley Racecourse
Located between Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, it has a history of more than one hundred years. As soon as the British arrived at Hong Kong, they set about draining a marsh at Happy Valley and transforming it into a racecourse. Since then, the racetrack has been in constant use, with the exception of being closed for a few years during World War II. As the first racecourse in Hong Kong, it saw the first formal horse race held in HK on December of 1846. Having been expanded, the racecourse can now accommodate over 20, 000 spectators. Surrounded by skyscrapers, Happy Valley racing is so popular that thousands of racegoers will come and enjoy the thrilling races.