Hong Kong sports are many and varied, from the tradition of dragon boating to the billion dollar football players from the Premier League sport in Hong Kong is a reflection of the city’s mixed Chinese and British upbringing.
By far the most popular sport in Hong Kong is horse racing. The weekly races at Happy Valley attract thousands of spectators and millions are gambled on the outcome. Similarly, Premier League football from the UK is popular both with locals and expats and is beamed in on satellite services and into local pubs.
Football is also one of the most popular participant sports, alongside martial arts, dragon boating and rugby. Hong Kong is independent of China in major sporting competitions and is a member of FIFA, IRB and IoC to name just a few.
Hong Kong’s passion; each week the area around Happy Valley grinds to a halt as thousands of spectators, gripping their form guides pile into the stadium to urge their chosen stallion on to success. The Hong Kong Jockey club is a multi million dollar enterprise, Hong Kong’s biggest tax payer and its biggest charity which hints at just how much money gets thrown away on horses. The horse racing season takes place between September and July in both Happy Valley and Sha Tin.
Find out more about horse racing in Happy Valley.
Hong Kong Sevens
The biggest sporting event in the Hong Kong sports calendar, the Hong Kong Sevens is the major fixture on the international Sevens circuit and Hong Kong’s biggest party.
Held since colonial times and attracting an international crowd of revellers the Hong Kong Sevens is part of the IRB international series. The usual powerhouses, such as England, Australia and NZ compete alongside lesser known nations, such as Uruguay and Canada. In past years the tournament has attracted a young Jonah Lomu and David Campese and in more recent years James Hook and Jean de Villiers to name just a few star attractions.
Held in March, tickets are always sold out. Find out more in our guide to the Hong Kong Sevens.
Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon boating has become popular around the world in recent years and much of that renewal has been driven by Hong Kong. The sport itself involves long wooden boats being rowed furiously by muscular crews to the beat of the drummer at the head of the vessel.
There are dragon boat competitions year round but the headline event is the International Dragon Boat Festival which brings local crews, both amateur and professional, as well as visiting international teams.
Held in June you can find out more in our profile of the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.
Hong Kong Cricket SixesModelled on the Hong Kong Sevens the Hong Kong cricket sizes are another nod to the city’s colonial past and Hong Kong still has a number of prominent cricket clubs.
The Hong Kong Sixes are a shortened from of the game with just six players in 45 min games between 8 international teams. In past tournaments the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes have welcomed luminaries such as Andrew Flintoff and Adam Gilchrist.
The Sixes are usually held in October.