It’s hard to tell from the sheer volume of the race day crowd, but gambling is restricted in Hong Kong and bookmakers are illegal. So if you want to join the locals and place a bet, you’ll need to pay for a spot in one of the many restaurants and priority areas that are licensed for betting—despite the name, the Members’ Enclosure is open to non-members for a fee. Some Hong Kong racecourse tours provide food, drink, and a guide to help you place your bets; the Hong Kong Jockey Club runs “Racing 101” classes explaining how to pick and bet on horses.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Tickets sell out quickly for races around major holidays, such as Chinese New Year. Book in advance.
- Racing may occasionally be suspended at short notice in case of typhoons, political protests, or public health concerns.
- There is wheelchair access to much of Sha Tin Racecourse but travelers who rely on wheelchairs will likely want to book packages that allow a better view.
How to Get There
Sha Tin Racecourse is just outside Sha Tin, in the New Territories, a mainland area of Hong Kong. A dedicated MTR station, Racecourse (East Rail line), opens on race days and for other special events. Should you wish to visit at other times, it’s less than a 1-mile (1.5-kilometer) walk from Fo Tan MTR station (East Rail line).
When to Get There
Races are held at Sha Tin racecourse most Sunday afternoons between September and early July, and on some public holidays. If you’re lucky enough to secure tickets for the Lunar New Year races, they’re a colorful experience.
Where to See Horse Racing in Hong Kong The Hong Kong Jockey Club was founded in 1884 to regulate and promote the sport of racing in Hong Kong. As well as Sha Tin Racecourse, it operates the Happy Valley Racecourse on Hong Kong Island, with a heritage dating back to 1846. Generally speaking, which racecourse you choose will depend on your schedule: Happy Valley races are usually on a Wednesday night.
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