Alternative Evenings

Hong Kong tram making its way through Central after dark
Hong Kong tram making its way through Central after dark

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.

Practical Information

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;

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