Happy Valley Racecourse is hugely popular
gambling season (September-June)
with rich businessmen, holiday makers, locals and hard gambling addicts all throwing their money at the horses galloping around this famous track. It is quite an experience to visit here, even if you don't take part in the betting. A racecourse was first built here in 1846 and before the one at Shatin was constructed, this was the only place to watch the horses in Hong Kong. It is still a popular past time and the area around the course has recently been gentrified. The name of the district "Happy Valley" seems a little ironic considering that this was once a malaria infested district. There are many old cemeteries here commemorating those who died from the disease and also in the great fire at the racecourse in the 1920s.