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How to get to Happy Valley Racecourse, Tourist Information
|If you are visiting
Happy Valley for the first time, then you may want to purchase a tourist
ticket. The tourist ticket will allow you get access to a higher and
better view in the grand stands.
The basic admission price is HK$10, which is for standing-room only at the race track level, which for 2 hours of racing may be more standing than you want. The is also a seated public area where tickets are HK$20. The races generally do not sell out in advance, but if you are planning to attend a major race day it may be a good idea to check in advance, to be sure.
With the tourist ticket, you are likely to get a better view. This ticket is available by showing your passport at the Badge Enquiry Office at the main entrance to the Members' Private Enclosure at Happy Valley. An even easier way get this ticket is to go to one of the off-track betting centers like the one near the Star Ferry concourse in Central or on Nathan Road in Kowloon where you can buy the badges up to 10 days in advance. See this link for more details.
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The easiest way to get to the race track is to take a taxi from the Star Ferry and have the driver drop you at the Members Enclosure Entrance. You can also walk from the MTR or take the street tram, but these options are likely to be crowded. The easiest way to get back is to walk a bit away from the race track and either take a taxi or a bus or walk to the MTR.
It may be best to take a taxi to the Members Enclosure. Show your passport and then you can buy a ticket.
The Members Enclosure area is right next to the walking ring / winners circle so you can get a great view of them and also of the horse races. It is quite an interesting setting being right in the city. Get the tourist badge, it is not expensive and worth it.
The Holiday Inn Express is a recommended stay for the Happy Valley Racecourse, it is about a 10 minute walk from there. Most hotels should offer a street map with directions to the racecourse.
Inside the racecourse you can find food shops, a beer garden and plenty of seating. Races are held virtually every Wednesday during racing season, which is most of the year. The races start about 7 P.M. and run till around 11 P.M.
You must be 18 years of age to enter the racecourse, no children are permitted. You are allowed to bring a camera and take pictures of the racecourse and horses.
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