Happy Valley Racecourse
Our first full day in Hong Kong was a Wednesday and thanks to a tip from Karen’s friend, Mark, we knew that Wednesday night is Happy Valley Race Night!
While there are more expensive options, to get a taste for the real atmosphere, the basic HK$10 entry ticket is perfect. There’s a covered seating area if it rains, or you get tired, but folk stand in the area next to the track. There’s plenty of food and beer available – not the cheapest, but HK isn’t the cheapest – and there’s even a live band to entertain in between races.
The layout is pretty impressive. The course is right in the heart of Hong Kong, surrounded by hills and skyscrapers. It looks great by day, but even better by night.
Obviously the clue was in the name. Here’s me with my winnings.
And after a heavy night’s betting, it’s great just to chill.
For obvious reason, we took it easy the next day. We did go to the Hong Kong Museum which was pretty interesting. It must have been good because we stayed there for about four hours.
On the Friday, newly refreshed, we headed down to Kowloon harbour (our hotel was in Kowloon). You can get some good views of Victoria from there and it’s even better by night: they put on a light show called “The Symphony of Lights”. It’s billed as the biggest coordinated light show in the world. Lasers and spotlights on some of the bigger skyscrapers are supposed to light up in time with the music. If I’m honest I didn’t see much coordination, it looked like some bored janitor on the top of each building was randomly flicking a switch. And the music was far from symphonic – more like 80’s prog rock gone wrong (more wrong). Here’s a video to prove it.
At least it was free. To be honest the HK skyline doesn’t really need any augmentation. It’s pretty damn impressive as it is.
That’s all for now. Coming up next: Dragon Boat racing and the Peak Tram.
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Next stop: Zhangjiajie in 2 days