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“Must be a smokers paradise” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Happy Valley Racecourse

Happy Valley Racecourse
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Horse Racing at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Happy Valley
Ranked #14 of 808 things to do in Hong Kong
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: From the stunning skyline to the spectacle of Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong is full of world-class sights for travellers to see. But if you’re looking for fun – to add a little ‘do’ to your ‘see’ – then look no further than Happy Wednesday at Happy Valley Racecourse, the city’s trendiest headquarters for mouth-watering food, thirst-quenching beverages and thrilling excitement both on and off the track. There’s nothing quite like a night at the races in Hong Kong! Week in and week out, Happy Wednesday fans are treated to a full sensory experience, pairing the pulse-pumping entertainment of jousting jockeys with a weekly theme that is integrated into everything from live bands and interactive games to on-course decorations and a delicious, reasonably priced trackside menu. Come in the fall and you’ll be treated to refreshing pints and a festive bratwurst for Oktoberfest – the largest outdoor beer festival in Hong Kong. Drop in during May, however, and it’s all ratatouille and brie, as Happy Wednesday hosts the hugely popular French Nights. It’s an extravaganza that’s fit for Asia’s world city, putting an international twist on a sport that has a rich heritage and cultural tradition for the city’s people. There’s simply nowhere else in the world where you can experience such a seamless blend of racing and lifestyle in one event. Whether you’re a local, an expat, or just visiting Hong Kong, there’s truly something for everyone at Happy Wednesday!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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“Must be a smokers paradise”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 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 like a British pub before the smoking ban. I didn't go back a second time as planned because of the smoke.

Visited June 2014
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“Happy Wednesday!”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited April 2014
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“Trick to the Trade!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 race onwards. The buffet food is international but didn't taste well to my indian palette though I loved the Hagen daz ice cream as dessert.

The race mechanism, horses and jockey all seemed great and I learned the trick of the trade pretty quickly. It's about betting low/high on high risk horses and betting fairly on obvious ones. Try it to know it!!!!

Visited June 2014
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“good way to spend Wednesday night in H.K”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 and even managed to make a small profit.
As a slightly different place to see on a Wednesday night in Hong Kong, make it the Happy Valley Racecourse.

Visited April 2014
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“Great Entertainment”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.
Very fun!
Worth knowing.

Visited April 2014
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