China, Hong Kong, Horses race past large scoreboard during a race at Happy Valley racecourse by Gavin Hellier for Stocksy United

China, Hong Kong, Horses race past large scoreboard during a race at Happy Valley racecourse

It was first built in 1845 to provide horse racing for the British people in Hong Kong. Before it was built, the area was a swampland, but also the only flat ground suitable for horse racing on Hong Kong Island. To make way for the racecourse, Hong Kong Government prohibited rice growing by villages in the surrounding area. The first race ran in December 1846. Over the years, horse racing became more and more popular among the Chinese residents.

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Uploaded 18 April, 2013
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