Nestled amidst the high-rises and road-ways of Hong Kong Island’s Causeway Bay
district, the Happy Valley Racecourse is one of two tracks that see billions of dollars
wagered each season. Hong Kong’s first official horse race was held on this site in 1846.
British architect Norman Foster sited the banking hall on the HSBC building’s first level, rather than the customary ground floor, to create an open-air plaza at street level. Architecture aficionados can explore the structure freely. As is the case in most
of Hong Kong’s major buildings, access is largely unrestricted.