Since the Beijing Olympics in 2008, equestrian events have continued to grow in popularity in China, and show jumping in particular. This week, one of the sport’s most prominent competitions will take center stage, and all eyes in one of the world’s most populous cities will be upon it.

The final, Asian leg of the Longines Masters Grand Slam will take place in Hong Kong from February 10-12, 2017. Now in its fifth year, the show has earned a prominent place on the city’s social and cultural calendar, even winning a Gold Award for ‘Best Live Experience at a Professional Sporting Event’ at the Sports Industry Awards Asia (SPIA) in 2016. In conjunction with three days of world-class show jumping, the event supports local and international charities while offering a host of artistic and culinary entertainment, as well as premier shopping at its Prestige Village.

Marco Kutscher on Van Gogh competes and wins the Longines Grand Prix at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2016. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano/Power Sport Images.)

Many of the event activities have been designed in consultation with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, a prestigious horse racing operator, membership club, and community benefactor for more than 130 years. We chatted with Raena Leung—a Jockey Club equestrian team member, elite rider, and Hong Kong native—for her picks on where to stay and what to see, eat, and do in “Asia’s World City”.

WHERE TO STAY

WHERE TO EAT

WHERE TO SHOP

  • IFC Mall in the International Financial Centre.
  • Harbour City, the city’s largest mall, with 450 shops.

MARKETS

The Temple Street Night Market. (Photo by flickr.com/Connie Ma.)

WHERE TO PLAY

Longines Masters of Hong Kong [Official Site]

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