So after a long day exploring Hong Kong for the first time, battling jet lag, and being overwhelmed how busy Hong Kong actually is, I headed out for my second evening. I had a few things I wanted to see in the evenings, from research I’d carried out before travelling there. Wednesday night is horse racing night in Hong Kong. It’s quite a big, popular event that runs from September to July, the following year, every year. It’s known as ‘Happy Wednesdays.’ If you’re ever in Hong Kong that time of the year, it’s definitely worth heading down there for an evening out. Even if you don’t know anything about horse racing, or don’t want to do a bet, you can still go down and enjoy the huge atmosphere. You can enjoy the live racing, in a huge stadium in the middle of the city skyline, with live music, food stalls and of course, bars.
Happy Wednesdays in Hong Kong
It costs 10 Hong Kong dollars to get into the stadium, which is roughly £1. You can also pay on your Octopus card, which is basically the equivalent of London’s Oyster Card. Tourists can pick one up at any train station, and it can be used on the underground, trams and buses. You can also use it to pay for stuff, such as this. You have to put down a deposit, but when leaving, you can get this back if you hand the card into the station at the airport. Plus any money you have left on it. If you don’t have the change to get into the horse racing, don’t worry, staff will be stood outside sorting you out change, and giving you a token in return to enter the turnstiles into the stadium.
The city skyline around the stadium
To get there, go to Causeway Bay Station, exit A, and follow the signposts to the Horse Jockey Club. You can get there by bus and tram, which takes you a little closer to the stadium, but I decided I wanted to walk around the area. Plus the underground station was right next to my hostel, so it made sense for me to catch that. I ended up walking all the way round the stadium, which is huge by the way, to get to the entrance I needed. There’s a lot of private club entrances, that are poorly signposted, so it was confusing to where I needed to go. Once getting in, I straight away was surprised how busy it actually was. Not just with locals, but also tourists flock there. Plus there’s a lot of British living in Hong Kong, so all of them head there for an evening out.
One of the horse races
I got a programme and made a few bets, being as I grew up with my Grandad loving the horse racing, so picked up a few tips over the years. I always get lucky on the Grand National back home, so thought I’d try my luck. I ended up winning a few races, which was extra spending money for my time in Hong Kong. A beer at the races cost $55 HKD, so roughly £5, which I didn’t think was too bad. You’d pay a lot more in the bars in Hong Kong. The races went on till around 11pm. It’s worth leaving a bit before, as everyone leaving at the same time, it does get hectic. Luckily the police realised this and closed off a lot of the surrounding roads. The taxi queue was huge, so it’s definitely worth getting public transport.
Because the underground was so busy, and town still was, I decided to have a walk around Times Square, which is around a 15 minute walk from the stadium. When you hear that name, you think of the bright, impressive lights from New York. I thought Hong Kong might give America a run for its money. But it really doesn’t. I didn’t even realise I was in the middle of it, it was that unimpressive. It’s more a shopping area, rather than somewhere for tourists to go, like the New York version. There are a few nice food stalls around though, and it gave me chance to try an Egg Waffle. It’s a popular snack in Hong Kong/Macau area, and I read beforehand that it was something you must try while in Hong Kong. It’s ok, tasted like a normal waffle to me, with a little bit of a sweet egg flavour. Not quite as bland as a normal waffle on it’s own. I wasn’t impressed. I had read everywhere how delicious they were, and how addictive they are. I couldn’t see it myself.
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