Happy Valley contains one of Hong Kong Island’s most unexpected urban contradictions. On the eastern side of Wong Nei Chung Road, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s racetrack is one of Hong Kong’s most popular entertainment attractions for the city’s living. But just across the way, a picturesque string of cemeteries accommodates the dead of various religions: Muslim, Roman Catholic and Hindu and in the Hong Kong Cemetery, the graves are mostly of Protestant Europeans; Russian Orthodox and followers of other religions without their own dedicated burial ground. Numerous pre-war Japanese residents are buried here – many graves are of young women.
In this walk we will explore the Hong Kong Cemetery, and along the way learn about the contributions made by various distinct ethnic communities, over the past century. It may surprise some to learn that some of these communities were specifically local, non-Chinese Hong Kong communities.