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Sunday, July 14, 2013
Happy Valley Racecourse Ghost Stories
Valley Racecourse is located in Wan Chai District, Hong Kong. It was formerly a
swampland and since the first race in 1846, the racecourse has become the 1st
racecourse of Hong Kong. Do you also know that this racecourse is also a very
Well, on 26
February 1918, there was a fire and at least 590 people died. It was caused by
the collapse of a temporary grandstand, which knocked over food stalls and set
bamboo matting ablaze. It is a fire with one of the highest casualties in Hong
Legend has it that soon after the mishap; people frequently witness
burning human struggling in grandstand. Racing horses went amuck during races.
The racecourse management thought those were the doing of ghosts and many
religious ceremonies were being performed to pacify the spirits of the victims.
Having said so… there are still some stories of strange
happenings being pass down now and then by the racecourse staffs. For example
there were sightings of people jogging horses in the middle of the night; mah-jong
sound came out from the supposed empty VIP room etc.
There was a story I heard that a jockey, Mr. A saw many
ghostly figures on the grandstand one night when he returned to the racecourse
to get his stuff for next day’s race. The following morning, another jockey has
fallen from his race horse and died. Not long later, Mr. A also died in similar
horse related incident.
Opposite the Happy Valley Racecourse is the Hong Kong Cemetery
dedicated to the rich and famous and foreigners. Some folks also believe that
due to the congregation of Yin energy between the cemetery and the areas around
the racecourse, naturally there are more and more ghosts like to gather there.
Another interesting ghost story was about two old banyan
trees on Tai Yuk Road in Yuan Long. Story has it that the racecourse management
wanted to widen the racecourse, so both of the old banyan trees will need to be
chopped down. But when the worker started the motorized saw, blood splashed
onto the worker’s face and he ran off in panic. People attributed the incident
to the working of tree spirits.
Since the racecourse management failed to remove both of the
banyan trees immediately, they spent 3 years to “forcefully remove” the trees
by cutting the tree roots and fabricated two steel ‘flower pots’ to move the
trees to Wong Nai Chung Road.
If you happen to be around, why not pay the ‘old folks’ a
visit and see if you are lucky enough to meet with some of the ghosts?