Hong Kong Chinese New Year Race Meeting

February 12, 2024

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

For the 2024 event, the The Hong Kong Jockey Club's Chinese New Year Night Parade Float "Blooming With You!" will be on display on Race Day at the Sha Tin Race Course on February 12. The float is composed of galloping horses crafted from flowers, with energetic drumbeats and dynamic animations inspired by Chinese geometric patterns and illuminations, symbolizing the city's vibrancy and vitality.

The featured race of the day is the Chinese New Year Cup, a Class 1, 1,400m race with prize money of HK$3.465 million.

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.

For the 2024 Chinese New Year Raceday, there will be a FREE shuttle bus to Sha Tin Race Course from Wong Tai Sin MTR Station Exit D2. The shuttles will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

2024 Hong Kong Chinese New Year Race Meeting

When?: February 12, 2024 11:15 am - 6:00 pm

Where?: Sha Tin Race Course MTR: Sha Tin

How Much?: Many venues and sitting options to choose from, from gourmet restaurants to the relaxed Roof Deck with tables from HK$25 for 1.

More Info: Hong Kong Jockey Club

Make the most of Chinese New Year!

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

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