Happy Valley Racecourse
Happy Valley Racecourse, located in Wan Chai District in the middle part of Hong Kong Island, is the first racecourse of Hong Kong, which is designed magnificently inside. There is big a color screen which is 35 meters long and 8 meters tall. Live horse racing and related information is visible from every corner of the racecourse through the screen. Happy Valley Racecourse began to hold its first horse racing from 1846, and there have been continuous racing since then. There are about 40 racing events held in Happy Valley Racecourse annually, and the racecourse can accommodate about 55,000 audiences simultaneously. Happy Valley Racecourse used to be a wet land before. After the construction of the racecourse, a number of buildings have been built nearby. Thus, Happy Valley Racecourse can be ranked as one of the few downtown racecourses in the world.
On the second floor, there is a horse racing museum, and admission is free. In the museum, there are exhibitions of photos, data bank, cinema and gift gallery. Through the introduction and data, visitors can learn about the evolution processes of Happy Valley Racecourse and appreciate elegant demeanor of famous horsemen and horses. After the visit to the museum, tourists can select and buy various exquisite souvenirs related to horses at souvenir gallery. There are guided tour groups at regular intervals, lasting for 2.5 hours for each tour. The places to visit mainly include horseman room, research room, weighing room and stable.
The horse racing season usually lasts from September to early June or July. The racecourse is available for people who are over 18 years old. Besides, people can also participate in the guided tour groups, experiencing the exciting horse racing activities.
Horse Racing Pleasure
1. Beer Area (啤酒园): Beer Area offers the best venue for watching the racing.
2.Mafangwan Gazebo (马房弯露台): Mafangwan Gazebo enjoys advantageous location, where audiences can experience the speed of horse racing and exciting atmosphere within shouting distance. Besides, it can also provide barbecue buffet dinner and soft drink.
3. Following hot spot of racecourse: The goodwill ambassador will show visitors around the racecourse, including horseman room, research room, weighing room and stable.
4. Junhui Hall (骏荟厅): Junhui Hall offers package tickets of meals, serving Hong Kong meals or international buffet dinner.
5. Guided Tour Groups: Visitors can be seated in member seats, and watch racing while enjoying buffet dinner.
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