Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Happy Valley, Hong Kong

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Happy Valley is a mostly residential suburb of Hong Kong, located in the northern part of Hong Kong Island. Administratively, it is part of Wan Chai District.

There is also a long road going through Happy Vallley called Wong Nai Chung (黃泥涌, lit. yellow mud stream), named after the stream of the same name. Sometimes, this name is used for Happy Valley. For indicating the landscape, Wong Nai Chung Kuk (黃泥涌谷) or Wong Nai Chung Valley is used occasionally.

Happy Valley Racecourse, one of the two race tracks of the Hong Kong Jockey Club is located in Happy Valley.

The Hong Kong Racing Museum, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, and a number of cemeteries (including the Hong Kong Cemetery) are also located in Happy Valley.

Happy Valley is also the home of Hong Kong First Division's Happy Valley Athletic Association.


The area now known as Happy Valley was formerly known as Wong Nai Chung Valley, where Wong Nai Chung referred to a river collecting waters from Wong Nai Chung Gap and surroundings. The river nourished the rice paddies until the construction of Happy Valley Racecourse in 1846.

In early 1840, the British Army had set a military camp in the area. However, the camp was later closed due to the increasing number of soldiers succumbing to malaria. The cause of malaria was unknown at the time and the soldiers apparently suffered a then-unknown fever. Early settlers had suggested the area to be used as a business centre, but the suggestion was put off due...
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