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We walked to the designated hotel for a pickup to find the lobby full of eager racegoers all looking forward to a unique night and perhaps a small profit to brag about when they return home from their holiday.
Our guide gathered us and ushered us onto a bus bound for the Happy Valley racecourse. At the track we were guided through a door and into a lift which took us to the sixth floor of the members stand. Not quite dark but the illuminated course below and the brightly lit city buildings surrounding it took our breath away. A central screen dominated the centre of the course providing excellent viewing of the track and horses positions when racing.
Behind glass our table was positioned at the front of the dining room offering an excellent visual of all proceedings. Screens were also overhead showing many views of the track and made it possible to sit comfortably at the table to view races, but of course the excitement was outside on the decking when the horses were released from the starting stalls.
Cleverly planned, we were seated with six other Aussies, travellers and our country our common ground. All agreed the buffet meal provided was excellent and many visited the table several times. Wine and beer was included in the overall price and considering the number of patrons in this one of many dining rooms was chosen well and suited every palate. This trip also included a visit downstairs to the mounting yards and betting rings. We think this guided tour of the excellent Happy Valley racecourse is the best way to see this spectacle and allows entrance into the members stand and its facilities. The $30HK betting voucher is an added bonus and our successful bet from it provided ongoing betting for the rest of the night.
Hong Kong have used this prime piece of real estate very well, giving a nighttime sporting event twice a week and using the central area for tennis and soccer under lights. A good trip, highly recommended.
This was the best tour, Sha tin races, I would suggest to any one wanting to go the races GO ON A TOUR. We were taken by bus to the racecourse ,we drank and ate all included in the price taken back home by bus Best day ever
Very enjoyable , would recommend this tour to anyone , even if they weren't into horse racing.The view around the racecourse added to the atmosphere. Very well organized.
Sarah T United Kingdom
Really enjoyed this trip. Amazing racecourse surrounded by the skyscrapers. The food was very good and the guide was very interesting. One of the best things we did in Hong Kong.
Kellie H Australia
This trip was interesting, although the guide was a little hard to understand. One of the stops was just on the roadside, and we did not stop at the racecourse, even though it was not a race day. Not quite as advertised, but the lunch was very good.
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