Happy Valley Racecourse

As you may know, my work sometimes takes me to Hong-Kong, one of my favourite cities in the world.

The history and development from a poor muddy fishing village, to one of the world’s financial powerhouses, is impressive. But perhaps the adaptability of it’s people is even more impressive. Just like any major city, not everybody was able to adapt well enough, or at all, and the gap between the person in the street and the one living near the famous Peak, is just impossible to bridge.

Because the city has had such a rich history, there is always something happening. After the wheeling and dealing of the job for the day is done, most my colleagues dress up and go out for few dance steps and a cocktail or so.

I usually find myself wondering around some neighbourhood I haven’t seen yet, most of the time carrying my DSLR and sometimes even my tripod for night shots.

This time though I joined a few colleagues and we went to Happy Valley Racecourse. I knew about it but as I’m not really that fascinated by the whole equestrian element, I never really gave going to the races a thought.

The venue is pretty huge, it holds appropriately 55.000 spectators!

As I said I’m not a fan of equestrian sports, nor of gambling, but the atmosphere is very contagious. Once the basic rules had been explained the four of us got betting tickets for some of the races. I got even more excited when I had won on one of the races.

I don’t know if it was the liter of beer, the excitement or just my incompetence in basic calculus, but my win later turned out to be a loss. I was just blinded by the fact that the lady behind the glass gave me some money when I showed her my ticket. Only back in the hotel I realised that she gave me back 14 HKD and I had bet 20 HKD.

Never mind, it was a fun night out. I can certainly recommend going to one of the races in Hong-Kong.

A panoramic overview of the venue. Shot on iPhone X. © JW Amsterdam

A panoramic overview of the venue. Shot on iPhone X. © JW Amsterdam

Holding the betting form in my hands before the race. © JW Amsterdam

Holding the betting form in my hands before the race. © JW Amsterdam

Most of the finish is a blur. © JW Amsterdam

Most of the finish is a blur. © JW Amsterdam

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