The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Address: Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, China

- Budget


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.

Value for money

Price advice

The tourism board ( 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.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Business travellers
  • Families with teenagers
  • Live entertainment
  • Nightlife
  • People watching