There are few horseracing events that come with a bigger pedigree than the Hong Kong International Races. Bringing the proverbial curtain down on the horseracing season, the Hong Kong races feature four shining jewels in their crown – the Cup, Mile, Sprint and Vase. The winner of the Cup alone will take home around $2,500,000 in prize money, and with all that dosh sloshing around, it’s easy to see why the Hong Kong International Races are so popular the world over.
Even so, there’s so much more to Hong Kong than the Races themselves. In a previous article, we took a look at what you could get up to in between races, but now we’re going to take a look at the hidden side of Hong Kong. Here are a few things to take a look at that we don’t think you’ll find in any guide book…
Find the world’s oldest teapot
Flagstaff House used to be the home of the Commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong, but today, it’s part of the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Inside, you’ll find an enormous collection of antique Chinese teaware – the British do love their tea, after all – and the world’s oldest surviving teapot.
The Hong Kong races feature four shining jewels in their crown – the Cup, Mile, Sprint and Vase.
Sure, it’s a very valuable artefact and you aren’t allowed to make a brew in it, but you can head next door to the Lok Cha Tea House. Here, you can drink as much tea as you like, without worrying about breaking anything – and you can enjoy an awesome view of Hong Kong, too!
Go to a beach with buffalo
When you sit back and imagine the perfect beach scene, you probably envisage shimmering sand, azure skies, sparkling water, swaying palm trees and waves gently lapping the shore. That’s the accepted view of a beautiful beach scene, but what happens if you plonk a few wild buffalo into proceedings?
Don’t worry, we haven’t gone mad. Over on Lantau Island, near the mouth of Pearl River, buffalo roam freely along the sand and settle in for a day’s sunbathing. They’re pretty placid, so take a few pictures of this enthralling scene – it’s one you’re unlikely to experience anywhere else.
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Go on a vertical bar crawl
If you’re looking for a decent night on the town in Hong Kong, forego the traditional pub crawl and head towards the Circle Tower in Causeway Bay. The tower is home to more than 20 bars, one on each level. Not that we’d ever want to promote irresponsible drinking, but a popular pastime is to enjoy one drink in each of them, by the end of which, you probably won’t know your up from down. There are elevators for those who will have trouble with the stairs after taking on this challenge, which will probably be most people.
Be sure to get in touch with the team at Motive Travel to organise your trip to the Hong Kong International Races – we’d love to have you along!