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2015 Calendar below for reference
The first day of January 1 Jan
Chinese New Year of the Goat 19 Feb
The second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year

Che Kung's Birthday

20 Feb
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Birthday of Tin Hau 11 May
Buddha’s Birthday and Cheung Chau Bun Festival

also Tam Kung's Birthday

25 May
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Seventh Goddess' Day / Tsat-je 20 Aug
Chinese Ghosts Festival / Yue Lan 27 Aug
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Day after Mid-Autumn Festival

Monkey King Festival

28 Sep
Confucius' Birthday/Teacher's Day 9 Oct
Chinese National Day 1 Oct
Chung Yeung Festival  
Winter Solstice 22 Dec
Christmas Day 25 Dec
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Home > Sightseeing > Happy Valley

Happy Valley

This district of Hong Kong Island is a upper middle-class residential area but does contain two attractions that may interest the visitor, and you'll probably pass the area by on your way to and from the South Side of Hong Kong island even if you don't stop there.

It is somewhere you might include for one or two hours in your sightseeing itinerary of Hong Kong island.

The origin of the name of the valley is debated, some say it is a euphuism for cemetery (there is one there) while others say it was named by a British surveyor because his wife accepted his marriage proposal there!

Happy Valley Race Course is, together with the Sha Tin Race course, the only public place you can go to see live horse racing in Hong Kong.  The Chinese are great gamblers but laws restrict most forms of gambling so a lot of that "gambling drive" ends up on the horses under the care of the Hong Kong Jockey Club who runs the Happy valley Race Course.  Even if you are not there on a racing day there is a small Hong Kong Racing Museum which is open every day except Monday from 10 to 5pm and has an excellent view over the race course itself. 

Also in Happy Valley is the Hong Kong Stadium, a purpose built location for sports events and big concerts.  Though the idea of putting on rock concerts in a stadium right next to a good residential area did not go down well with residents!

These days it is most well known as the home of the Hong Kong International Rugby Sevens tournament which attracts teams, as well as supporters, from all over the world.

The valley itself is right next to Causeway Bay and indeed many people walk or take a minibus from Causeway Bay to reach destinations in Happy Valley itself.   Both the stadium and the race course are long-but-walkable distances from the MTR station in Causeway Bay.  You can also take a Tram.

As it is a residential district, and quite an old one, you'll find a number of local eateries and quite old style shops.  This can be a good way to see how people ate and shopped in Hong Kong before the appearance of the big malls which are now so popular.

There isn't much point in walking far up into the valley though as then you just get to residential blocks which you can't get into and don't look very interesting, stay in the lower area for the better sights.

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