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📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 Horse racing in Hong Kong is a major part of the Hong Kong economy. Started by the British when they first came to Hong Kong in 1841 and has become since then, a sport for the masses and a favourite pastime. Chinese love gambling; the turnover of the jockey club in 2016/7 was HK$216.5 Billion - I.e. an estimate of 1000 GBP per person per year.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club, one of the oldest Hong Kong institutions founded to promote and administer horse racing and other betting entertainment, is Hong Kong's biggest taxpayer as well as one of the city's largest charity donors. It recently refurbished the old city police station and gaol as a museum.
Happy Valley is a world-class state-of-the-art racing course in the centre of HK.
Back in 1846, Happy Valley was swamp land, but the only flat surface in Hong Kong Island, Through the years, the city has built around the Happy Valley race course, and it is now surrounded by skyscrapers. The other site is at Sha Tin.
The 5 star Peninsula hotel opened in 1928 picks up guests in a Rolls Royce and is sited near Victoria harbour next to the old railway station, offering waterside views of Kowloon . Interiors include ornate cornicing.