Happy Valley Racecourse
Happy Valley Racecourse
4.5
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
About
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!
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The area
Neighbourhood: Wan Chai / Causeway Bay
Wan Chai and Causeway Bay are the retail centres of Hong Kong Island. Filled with shops, malls and restaurants, both areas are bustling with people – tourists and locals alike. Causeway Bay has one of the highest rents on the planet, and is a bit more polished and modern than its Wan Chai counterpart. Beneath the surface there is more than meets the eye – find boutique stores in the above ground floors of buildings and wander into side streets to find interesting restaurants and shops tucked away from the main roads. Wan Chai especially has experienced a modern revival in recent times, with an influx of trendy restaurants and bars around the Star Street area. In addition, both areas contain many of Hong Kong’s iconic tourist attractions worthy of your visit.
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  • LisaGordonSimons
    Long Jetty, Australia668 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A MUST visit, even for a few races.
    Always on the bucket list, never visited before this trip (it's only taken me 50 years to visit here) and what an absolute ball. HK$10 entry (drinks are exy but so they are at any racecourse). The place was packed, the atmosphere was brilliant. Great band playing and those of all ages were enjoying the vibe. (Personally I was dancing, also celebrating some accidental wins). :-)
    Visited July 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Richard
    Scarborough, Australia571 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Hong Kong must do
    A must do when in Hong Kong. If you visit the track, it’s easy to get there by Taxi. If you are visiting from overseas, you can take your passport and go to the members entrance and for $130 HKD gain access to the members area for the night. A great tip is go on line and book the Adrenaline club for the evening. It only costs $100 HKD per person and entry to the club includes a free drink. You enter from the street side near members entry II. The club opens about an hour before the first race. You have a great view of the track and can go outside to watch the race and stay inside in the aircon in between.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 October 2023
  • gcrefs
    Brisbane, Australia506 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happy Valley - a must do for any true horse racing lover
    This place is an icon of HK sport. Amazing venue run and maintained by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) The experience for horse racing lovers is unique. Night time racing under lights in the middle of HK island - superb! The HKJC offers buffet and drink packages from around HK$690. That includes entry to the race course - a gift and race book a seated table with all drinks and food for around 4 hours. Premium package - nothing is left to chance.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 11 May 2024
  • Ghazala Y
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Evening at the races.
    What a midweek treat this was. If you find yourself in Hong Kong and have a spare Wednesday evening available in the summer this place is a must to visit. Tourists who can show ID get in for free. The atmosphere is amazing. You are sat with locals who are enthralled by the races. I watched 9 races. When I went there was also a music type interval. Between every race there was a live band playing. Drinks and snacks are cheap.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2024
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Supersupergirl
England, UK8,466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The experience at Happy Valley racecourse was amazing.
Happy Valley is on the Hong Kong side hence the vibes are better with more expats.
We went on a Wednesday to Adrenaline on a normal racing day which costs HK$xxx per person including a buffet dinner and 1 adrenaline signature drink.
As an expat, the buffet was pleasing because they had quite a lot of Tex-mex food such as cajun prawns, Southern fried chicken drumsticks, mac n cheese and chili con carne.
Written 28 June 2020
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Angela C
Chicago, IL3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We reserved an 8-person table at Adrenaline for the Longines International Race, with a $200 HKD cover charge per person, totaling $1,800 HKD, excluding food and additional drinks. The evening was enjoyable until we were unexpectedly evicted before the last race due to a private party at 10:30 pm. Despite receiving complimentary wine and beer, the abrupt departure left us feeling unwelcome and discriminated against. If we had known about the time restriction, we would have made different arrangements. We had to reenter at the main stand to finish watching the race and claim our bets. The rushed exit also led to the unfortunate loss of my betting tickets. Unfortunately, what began as a promising and hospitable experience turned into a disappointing and rushed conclusion.
Written 6 December 2023
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gcrefs
Brisbane, Australia506 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
This place is an icon of HK sport.
Amazing venue run and maintained by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC)
The experience for horse racing lovers is unique.
Night time racing under lights in the middle of HK island - superb!
The HKJC offers buffet and drink packages from around HK$690.
That includes entry to the race course - a gift and race book a seated table with all drinks and food for around 4 hours. Premium package - nothing is left to chance.
Written 11 May 2024
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Colette M
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Such a fun night out whilst in HK and it’s in the centre, simple taxi ride! If you take your passport it’s free entry but don’t worry if you forget it’s only the equivalent of £1 entry on a Wednesday night! Live music and lots of drink stalls!
Written 13 July 2023
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nicodemus m
Hong Kong, China17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
A fantastic evening spent here. We had a lovely night full of excitement and fun. We even had a few winners when we were here. The views of the city are amazing and it is surreal to see the racecourse and the backdrop of all the highrise buildings in Hong Kong. A must see for visitors ....loved it!
Written 25 August 2022
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China20,327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Enjoying a race in Hong Kong's first racecourse has become a key part of any itineraries in the city. At the center of Hong Kong, this place is a well-maintained venue for exciting matches. Definitely a must for tourists.
Written 22 February 2023
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Richard
Scarborough, Australia571 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
A must do when in Hong Kong. If you visit the track, it’s easy to get there by Taxi. If you are visiting from overseas, you can take your passport and go to the members entrance and for $130 HKD gain access to the members area for the night.

A great tip is go on line and book the Adrenaline club for the evening. It only costs $100 HKD per person and entry to the club includes a free drink. You enter from the street side near members entry II. The club opens about an hour before the first race.

You have a great view of the track and can go outside to watch the race and stay inside in the aircon in between.
Written 4 October 2023
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Trophy Travel Experiences
Vancouver, Canada439 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
Going horse racing as a visitor is a must do in Hong Kong. As a tourist with a foreign passport, you can obtain a guest pass to the members area. To be a member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club is very prestigious so you will be able to rub elbows with the rich and famous!

The advantage of being in the member areas is that it is not as crowded and you will be able to see the horses parade before they go on the track. I believe the guest pass is around HK$190 which is around CDN$30 but well worth it. You don't have to bet so with a beer and hotdog, it is not an expensive night.

Horse racing is pretty big thing in Hong Kong but the atmosphere at Happy Valley is much more social. Seems like a lot to see and lots of tourists so it is quite fun.

For my review of what is like in the general area and the member area, see my full review on my Youtube channel
Written 23 March 2023
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LisaGordonSimons
Long Jetty, Australia668 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Always on the bucket list, never visited before this trip (it's only taken me 50 years to visit here) and what an absolute ball. HK$10 entry (drinks are exy but so they are at any racecourse). The place was packed, the atmosphere was brilliant. Great band playing and those of all ages were enjoying the vibe. (Personally I was dancing, also celebrating some accidental wins). :-)
Written 13 August 2023
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John N
Hoofddorp, The Netherlands9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Every Wednesday races at Happy Valley. Within the high rises of Hong Kong one of the oldest racetracks of the world and still vivid and enormous popular. Gotta go there to feel how important the races are. Just go there an watch the first two races the people at the racetrack and than take a gamble.

Happy Valley is a must see when in action.

Good food and drinks available
Written 13 January 2023
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