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Happy Valley Racecourse

Wan Chai District, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China
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Ranked #9 of 413 attractions in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Horse Tracks
Activities: Gambling
Traveler Description:   Tickets can be purchased at the gate or the Hong Kong tourism Boardoffice at the Star Ferry in Kowloon, among other ticket issueing venues.  Happy... more »
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This was just unlike anything I've experienced in the UK. A hilarious night - definitely go here if you're in Hong Kong on a Wednesday night!

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Tallinn, Estonia
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I went to the night races which was pretty busy but not as much as I expected as with most race courses lots of hanging around between races. The locals seem to love two things gambling and smoking. Although outdoors the entire evening I stunk of cigarettes when I got home. The air was so thick with smoke it was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Something to do to check out the expat scene. Expect beers, food and betting. Some people take it very seriously but the average punter is going there to socialise. Informal and a great place to meet people. Tip: Leave before the last race around 10.30pm because getting home becomes a pain.

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Mumbai
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

I visited Hong Kong on business and on a Thursday(rare) evening we came to HVR and I was surprised to know that I could do well here. This was my first race course visit ever and what an exciting time it was. We were over 20 people and enjoyed the adrenalin and nerve, whilst most of us started winning 2nd... More

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Conwy, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Even if you are not a betting person a visit to the Happy Valley Racecourse is sure to surprise you. Set amongst the sky-scrappers of Hong Kong this racecourse at night, under the floodlights is truely spectacular. We were able to book a table in one of the jockey club restaurants, so enjoyed a lovely meal ,had a spectacular view... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Cool and different. Local people enjoys like a football match. They thrill and suffer with the victories and defeats of horses and riders. Different from what we are accustomed to see on racetracks. In the intervals between the races, there is a kind of party, fueled by booze and people dancing as if they were in a true night club.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Do it!! You won't regret it,we went on a Thursday night in June and it was an amazing atmosphere,really packed with an incredible location!! General Admin is only $10HK or u can gain admittance by using your Octopus card,so cheap and easy,minimum bet is also $10HK,overall great atmosphere,experience and night out and u may just back a winner!!

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We went to the racecourse twice on Wednesday nights. It is one of highlights of our Hong Kong trip! The racecourse is located right in the center of Hong Kong, we took old fashioned tram there from central area and it only costs HK$2.3 which is 30 cents in US$. After the race, we took the same tram back to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I'm not keen of horse races , however I really loved this experience! The racecourse is located in the middle of millions of skyscrapers, the entrance is not expensive and between the competitions we enojoyed some live music and some beers! The atmosphear is really funny!

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Melbourne, Australia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We went on a Wednesday evening and it was a great experience! Very cheap to attend (we went general admission) and you can wear anything there. Horse racing is the only form of gambling in HK and it can get quite busy. The skyline that surrounds the course is great too! Located right in the heart of the city. We... More

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