Well renowned for it's Horse Racing, Hong Kong doesn't stop racing when the sun goes down. Happy Valley Races should be your port of call if you fancy a night at the races, with it's world-class track and magnificent grandstand providing the foundations for a superb night of entertainment and, hopefully, euphoria.
The racing season runs from September through to July and most meets start at around 7.30pm on weekdays. This doesn't stop the locals from making the place packed to the rafters, as enthusiastic and keen fans will swarm trackside, with racing guides in hand to cheer on their chosen horse. Time your visit well and you could catch one of the most presitigous races out there: Queen Elizabeth II Cup.
A much-loved pastime of the locals, squid fishing may not sound like the most appealing way to spend an evening at first, but for seafood aficionados it can be one of the most rewarding activities to do during your stay. Great fun for all ages, you can be picked up from your choice of harbour before you depart for Sai Kung or Tseung Kwan O. Relax aboard whilst surrounded by a sea of bright lights as you try and get yourself a catch.
The friendly team will cook your catch fresh from the ocean, so you can get a taste of success from the catch of the day. A simple activity to get the hang of, you'll have a great time catching the hand-sized creatures, or simply relaxing with a glass of wine if you so choose.
Victoria Harbour is a stunning sight to behold, producing a picturesque cityscape by day. However, by night, the skyline is transformed into a somehow more breathtaking spectacle, thanks to the permanent installation of 'A Symphony of Lights'. A nightly multimedia show, over 40 buildings are used to create a sky filled with lights and lasers, beaming out from atop some of the city's tallest buildings.
Head to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on the waterfront to experience the show in full, where you can hear the accompanying music and narration (available in English on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). Searchlights, coloured lights and laser beams all celebrate the spirit of this city, running along the themes of: awakening, energy, heritage, partnership and ending with celebration. The show starts at 8pm daily and is a great way to start your night in style.
Follow up the show with a visit to the Temple Street Night Market and indulge in some retail therapy. You'll arrive to find a popular street bazaar, where all the vendors will be set up, ready and waiting for your arrival with their wares laid out trying to catch your eye. Find everything from crockery to electronics, accessories to antiques and everything in between as you haggle your way to the best deal possible for your holiday gifts.
Food and entertainment is also scattered around to really roll out the welcome mat for you, with opera singers, fortune tellers and street food vendors circling round. All of this in the shadow (or lack of at night) of the Tin Hau Temple, which you might just recognise from the backdrops of a number of movies.
Enjoy a great choice of beers and ales, as well as a strong selection of live bands, international DJ's and even snooker tables. Stay and sample song truly exotic cocktails for a new taste sensation, but leave time to find somewhere new after each place, as you'll be surprised by the number of intriguing bars and clubs that you'll feel compelled to visit.