The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Price guide: Budget

Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Price guide: Budget

The races
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By Ed Peters, your Hong Kong expert

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Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
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Best for Fun - Expert review of The Hong Kong Jockey Club

It's Hong Kong's unofficial national sport - and they're off!

Probably one of the greatest legacies of colonialism, horse racing in Hong Kong generates the sort of dollar amounts generally associated with the GDP of small countries, and sends the city into a frenzy of excitement twice a week during the season.

The stadium at Happy Valley has tremendous atmosphere: it's as much fun to watch the crowd of regulars as it is the horses. 

All profits go to charity - it's a wonder that there's anyone actually in need here, given the number of punters and the wads of notes they hurl at the betting office moments before the off.

Price advice: 

The tourism board (www.discoverhongkong.com) organises a racing junket - transfers, guides, buffet, private box - for HK$730. If you've got the nous to get yourself to the stadium, admission down by the rails costs HK$10.

Expert tips: 
A second, more modern but less exciting, stadium is at Sha Tin.

More information on The Hong Kong Jockey Club:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Sports venue
Address:
Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Website:
http://www.hkjc.com
Months open:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Opening times:
Meetings every Wednesday and Saturday, starting at lunch time and continuing till evening.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Both
Free tags / Keywords:
Gamble

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