Happy ValleyHong Kong

Escape to Happy Valley! Enjoy its food, sports, and horseback riding.

Horse racing first arrived in Hong Kong in the 1840s, within just a few years of the British arriving in Hong Kong. In those days the sport was enjoyed only by the city’s elite. Today, horse racing is very much a part of mainstream life in Hong Kong, and a visit to Happy Valley is a fun, cheap and exciting way to soak up the local culture.

Join the cheering crowds at the side of the track to experience the atmosphere and observe world-class racing. As you’re swept along with thousands of fans rushing to place their bets, you’ll find the atmosphere at Happy Valley is markedly different from the relatively sober settings of American or British racecourses.

Most races are held at night and walls of well-lit skyscrapers form a dazzling backdrop to the racetrack. Trackside beer tents and food stalls, and live music in between races make for a real party atmosphere.

Roughly 6 million bets are placed at each meet, and Happy Valley welcomes gambling pros and amateurs alike. Check the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s website to learn about the many different bets you can place.

The racing season features several large events including the Hong Kong Derby, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup or the prestigious Hong Kong International Races at which you can experience the sport at its most glamorous and competitive.

Racing season is between September and July. If you visit during the day when there’s no race being held, it’s possible to walk around inside the grounds for no charge, enjoy the view and see locals playing various sports.

Happy Valley is located on northern Hong Kong Island. The closest MTR station to Happy Valley Racecourse is Causeway Bay. If you’re coming from the north side of Hong Kong Island, take the scenic route to the racecourse by hopping on any tram marked "Happy Valley." Trams are not the fastest mode of transportation, but they are the cheapest.

Known for

Shopping, Skyscrapers and Dining

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Top Hotels in Happy Valley

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
NT$3,710
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21

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

4.3/5Excellent! (1,052 reviews)

"Check in time was at 3pm but the room type I booked wasn’t ready, I was offered a twin bed room but i felt forced to do so as I didn’t want to wait for 1.5 hour for the king bed room."…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/13

Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong
Regal Airport Hotel
Regal Airport Hotel
4.5 out of 5
9 Cheong Tat Road, Chek Lap Kok
NT$4,483
per night
Oct 22 - Oct 23

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! (7,510 reviews)

"Overall satisfied! One bedroom is big enough but the washroom is a bit tight!"…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/13

Regal Airport Hotel
L'hotel Nina et Convention Centre
L'hotel Nina et Convention Centre
4.5 out of 5
8 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan
NT$1,572
per night
Oct 21 - Oct 22

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! (1,730 reviews)

"Friendly Staff. The view is very nice from 59/F. Room is large and clean."…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/3

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
NT$3,866
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21

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! (366 reviews)

"Everything is great except one thing: some irritable smell of chemical in the room (I should have noticed earlier and asked to change the room, but I smelt it during the sleep, which bothered me)."…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/16

Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel
Royal Plaza Hotel
Royal Plaza Hotel
4.5 out of 5
193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Kowloon
NT$2,494
per night
Nov 7 - Nov 8

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! (7,241 reviews)

"Club rooms are best option and best value. Good location! And facilities in room! Loved the bath!"…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/10

Royal Plaza Hotel
ibis Hong Kong Central And Sheung Wan
ibis Hong Kong Central And Sheung Wan
3.5 out of 5
No. 28 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
NT$1,660
per night
Nov 17 - Nov 18

Located in Central, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Western Market and Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal. Soho and IFC Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...

4.2/5Very Good! (5,971 reviews)

"good location , fair rates. pleasant staff , cafe on main floor"…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/17

ibis Hong Kong Central And Sheung Wan

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