Happy ValleyHong Kong

This affluent residential area is also home to a famous Hong Kong racecourse.

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.

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
NT$2,181
per night
Dec 10 - Dec 11

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! (7,322 reviews)

"Everything was excellent good access to the MTR and mongkok street food shops. Pool and gym were amazing as was the club lounge. Would highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/10

Royal Plaza Hotel
Regal Airport Hotel
Regal Airport Hotel
4.5 out of 5
9 Cheong Tat Road, Chek Lap Kok
NT$3,403
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13

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! (7,600 reviews)

"The hotel is actually built in the Hong Kong Airport, and it took us about 5 minutes to walk to the hotel, was very easy to access from the airport. Pretty quiet during the night. The facilities look good. No complimentary breakfast to my surprise. The room furniture looked outdated."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/9

Regal Airport 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
NT$3,868
per night
Nov 26 - Nov 27

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! (1,104 reviews)

"Modern facilities and best location near the sea. Good environment"…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/9

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
NT$1,798
per night
Nov 17 - Nov 18

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

3.9/5Very Good! (1,781 reviews)

"Friendly staff Convenient location Aircon sensor didnt work well,"…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/5

L'hotel Nina et Convention Centre
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$1,648
per night
Dec 3 - Dec 4

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! (6,039 reviews)

"Clean room, quiet, with partial ocean view. Fast check-in and check-out, breakfast buffet was ok."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/6

ibis Hong Kong Central And Sheung Wan
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$3,490
per night
Nov 25 - Nov 26

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

4.2/5Excellent! (409 reviews)

"Close to MTR and Ocean Park. Breakfast buffet is good."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/3

Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel

Popular things to do in Happy Valley

Hong Kong Disneyland
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Hong Kong Disneyland

4.5/5(645 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(599 reviews)

Rare animal species, thrilling roller coasters, huge aquariums and exciting shows are all found at this award-winning attraction.

Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal
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Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal

4.5/5(720 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Hong Kong with a trip to Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal. Discover the fascinating museums and shops in this culturally-rich area.

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

4.5/5(516 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

4.5/5(540 reviews)

Bars, clubs and restaurants line this famous party district, known for its nightlife and festivals.

Ladies' Market
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Ladies' Market

4/5(700 reviews)

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

Other neighborhoods in Hong Kong

Causeway Bay
Victoria Park which includes a park and signage

Causeway Bay

Known for Flowers, Shopping, Dining

4/5(130 reviews)

Causeway Bay is popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Hong Kong Central Library and Victoria Park, and you can get around town on the metro at Hong Kong Tin Hau Station.

Tin Hau
Tin Hau Temple showing interior views, a temple or place of worship and religious aspects

Tin Hau

Known for Shopping, Dining, Friendly People

If you're spending time in Tin Hau, you might enjoy attractions like Tin Hau Temple and Victoria Harbour. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Hong Kong Tin Hau Station to see more of the city.

Wan Chai
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre featuring a city, modern architecture and general coastal views

Wan Chai

Known for Shopping, Urban, Dining

4/5(449 reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Wan Chai is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Wan Chai Star Ferry Pier and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Admiralty
Hong Kong featuring heritage architecture, a high rise building and a city

Admiralty

Known for Shopping, Urban, Skyscrapers

Hong Kong City Hall and City Hall Concert Hall are a few top attractions in Admiralty. The island views, captivating waterfront views and popular shops are also highlights of the area, and you can hop around the city on the metro at Hong Kong Station.

North Point
Hong Kong
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North Point

Known for Shopping, Skyscrapers, Ports

4/5(187 reviews)

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of North Point. Make a stop by Victoria Harbour or North Point Ferry Pier while you're exploring the area.

Quarry Bay
Huge buildings unique to Hong Kong.益發大廈!
trover photo by Toshiaki Yoshitake

Quarry Bay

Known for Skyscrapers, Shopping, Family-Friendly

5/5(6 reviews)

Shopping, restaurants, and waterfront views highlight some of the noteworthy features of Quarry Bay. Make a stop by Victoria Harbour or Cityplaza while you're exploring the neighborhood.