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Hong Kong’s favourite sports are few and passionately followed – none more than horeseracing. For example, the city's millennium celebrations were held at the Happy Valley Racecourse, 2 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island (tel: 2572 2881). The other popular track is the Sha Tin Racecourse, Sha Tin, New Territories (tel: 2966 6520). The well- to-do status of horseracing reached farcical heights in 2002, when soccer betting was banned in order to protect the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s official gambling monopoly and the charitable and tax revenues therefrom – with predictable bonus for illegal betting syndicates. The policy has since been re-examined.

The Rugby Sevens are the other main sporting fixture, games taking place at the Hong Kong Stadium, 55 Eastern Hospital Road, So Kon Po (tel: 2895 7926; fax: 2895 7962; email: hks@hkstadium.com.hk). Competition for tickets for this three-day carnival is tough and, like most major international events, corporate hospitality almost always scoops the pool. In spite of the enthusiasm for the Sevens and China’s performance in the 2002 World Cup, Hong Kong itself doesn't have any notable sports teams.

Tickets for large global events, such as the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens can be reserved online or at the Hong Kong Stadium or similar venues. Tickets for races are offered for purchase at the racecourses and by telephone. The URBTIX ticketing service for public venues (tel: 2734 9009) and online booking at Ticketek and Cityline handle lots of major sporting events and venues.

Fitness centres

California Fitness Centers (tel: 2960 4988; fax: 2960 4933) is Hong Kong’s favourite chain of clubs, dotted across the territory, including branches on 1 Wellington Street, Central (tel: 2522 5229), and 5–15 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (tel: 2366 8666), both open 365 days a year. Also, New York Fitness Club, 32 Hollywood Road, Central (tel: 2543 2280) runs close behind and offers casual visitors use of the extensive facilities for HK200. There are also many public facilities, as well as health centres located in the large hotels.

Golf

The Asian businessperson’s passion for golf is catered for in several clubs, with the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, Clearwater Bay, New Territories (tel: 2335 3885; fax: 2335 1380), and the Hong Kong Golf Club, Fan Ling, New Territories (tel: 2670 1211), preferring those with the largest expense accounts. Others play at The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course, Kau Sai Chau, Sai Kung (tel: 2791 3388).

Green fees per person are HK$1400 during the week at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club and Hong Kong Golf Club and from HK$330 at the Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course. Visitors are welcome at all the clubs mentioned, but should contact the chosen establishment in advance.

Swimming

Hong Kong boasts 42 officially listed swimming beaches and 13 public pools, not to mention the private pools at sports clubs and hotels. Popular (sometimes overly popular) public pools include those at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, and Kowloon Park, Tsim Sha Tsui. The open season for sea bathing begins 1 April and ends 31 October, although the weather may be appropriate to allow swimming outside these times. Pollution and overcrowding is a problem at the beaches closer to central Hong Kong; the best beaches are in the New Territories and the outlying islands. Summer weekends are very busy on the beaches. The Amateur Swimming Association (tel: 2572 8594) might be able to provide more detailed information.

Tennis

There are public tennis courts available at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay (tel: 2570 6186), the Tennis Centre, Wong Nai Chung Gap Road, Happy Valley (tel: 2574 9122), and King’s Park, Kowloon (tel: 2388 8154). Many private clubs and courts are also available for the prosperous and well connected and through major hotels.

Watersports

Another favourite sporting pastime, sailing and additional watersports are mainly based in Aberdeen, on the southside of Hong Kong Island. The exclusive levels of yachting belong to the Aberdeen Marina Club, 8 Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen (tel: 2555 8321; fax: 2873 5681), and similar institutions, however windsurfing and wakeboarding are much easier to access.
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