Evenings in Hong Kong tend to revolve around eating, drinking, and conviviality – with some snaps of the dazzling night-time skyline thrown in for good measure. Yet after-dark Hong Kong affords just as much diversity as during the day.
Floodlit horse-racing at the Happy Valley Racecourse is a time-honored night out for locals, who take their racing and their betting extremely seriously, and great fun for visitors. Located in an urban bowl and surrounded by high-rise buildings, the racecourse itself is a spectacular sight. Be sure to study the form carefully before betting.
Visitors who prefer to play a sport rather than watch one can fine-tune their golf swing into the night at the City Golf Club. Located close to Tsim Sha Tsui, the upper level of the two-story driving range affords fine views over the harbor.
Fast ferries, operating around the clock between Central and Macau, mean that a high-rolling evening in Macau’s bars and glitzy super-casinos is relatively straightforward – provided you don’t stake your return fare on the baccarat tables.
For a romantic and nostalgic trip, the venerable Hong Kong Tram plies a meandering route between Causeway Bay and Western via the Central Business District and Downtown. Jump on and off en route (there’s a stop roughly every 275 yards/250 m), or just sit and snuggle up as your wooden carriage trundles through the heart of Hong Kong.
Causeway Bay–Western Tram
City Golf Club Jordan, Kowloon;
Happy Valley Racecourse Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island;
Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Shun Tak Ferry Terminal, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon;