Hong Kong Chinese New Year Race Meeting


February 18, 2018

The Hong Kong Chinese New Year Horse Race Meeting at Sha Tin

This has for years been Hong Kong's most popular horse racing event of all. In a city that is mad for horse racing, you can imagine it has to feature front and center for one of the most notorious celebrations of the year.

You have a chance to experience the electric atmosphere of the sport at this fantastic first race meeting of the year in what has become more than an annual tradition.

This is not only an exciting day at the horse races but for visitors also a chance to enjoy a full programme of traditional festivities starting with a very colorful grand opening show with jockeys greeting fans with good luck messages...

The Hong Kong Chinese New Year Horse Race Meeting at Sha Tin Opening Ceremony

And of course throughout the event, there will be dragon parades...

The Hong Kong Chinese New Year Horse Race Meeting at Sha Tin Dragon Parade

... A variety of cultural and entertainment performances as well as lion dances...

The Hong Kong Chinese New Year Horse Race Meeting at Sha Tin Lion Dances

The featured race of the day is the Chinese New Year Cup, a Class 1, 1,400m race. The winning owner, trainer and jockey will each receive a Yuan Pao in the presentation ceremony after the race.

The Hong Kong Chinese New Year Horse Race Meeting at Sha Tin Chinese New Year Cup

The Hong Kong Chinese New Year Race Meeting is one of eight "Magnificent Race Days" being waged in the Sha Tin Race Course during the racing calendar and one you should not miss if you are in town!

Getting to the Sha Tin Racecourse

The Sha Tin Race Course is located in the New Territories, the easiest way to get there is with the MTR East Rail line, the racecourse has its own dedicated station.

It will take you approximately 40-45 minutes from Central and 25-30 minutes from Tsim Sha Tsui and you can pay with the handy Octopus Card.

How to Get to Sha Tin Race Course With MTR

  • From Central or Tsim Sha Tsui, take the Red Tsuen Wan Line (Red) to Mong Kok
  • At Mong Kok change to the Kwun Tong Line (Green) to Kowloon Tong
  • At Kowloon Tong change to the East Rail Line (Light Blue)
  • Take the East Rail Line to Racecourse Station. Racecourse Station is only operational on race days.

2018 Hong Kong Chinese New Year Race Meeting

When?: February 18, 2018

Where?: Sha Tin Race Course MTR: Sha Tin

How Much?: General Admission at Public Enclosure HK10 or Members' Enclosure with Tourist Badge HK190 (must bring passport)

More Info: Hong Kong Jockey Club

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Race Meeting with the "Come Horseracing Tour"

Sha Tin Race Course: The Hong Kong New Year Races

More than an exciting day at the races, you get to enjoy a full program with traditional Lunar New Year celebrations, lion dances and firecrackers!

Everything is taken care of, including the transport to/from the race track and several designated hotels in town and a Chinese/Western buffet dinner and drinks.

You get to watch the races from the Members' Boxes, and you have access to the betting halls.

They will also bring you around in between races for a close look at the paddock and a tour of the winning post.

This is a very fun option where you join other fellow visitors and everyone learns together in a very lively atmosphere how the betting process works, to place a few bets (you get a HK 30 voucher to get you stated!) and whether you win or lose is a super fun and enjoyable day out.

Dress for the Members' areas is smart casual. Although this isn't Ascot, please note that there is no denim, shorts, sneakers or flip-flops allowed.

  • Pick-up from designated hotels in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island between 10:20 - 11:20 am
  • General admission to the Hong Kong Jockey Club Members' Enclosures
  • International Buffet Lunch
  • Unlimited serving of house wine, beer, orange juice, standard pouring brand and soft drinks throughout the race meeting
  • Guided tour to the parade ring and winning post
  • Betting orientation
  • Return transfer to designated hotel
  • Minimum Age is 18 years

When?: February 18, 2018
How Much?: US$ 277
›› More Info and Booking: 2018 Hong Kong Chinese New Year Come Horseracing Tour

Make the most of Chinese New Year!


Enjoy the festivities and celebrations of this amazing time that is Chinese New Year in Hong Kong!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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