Place: Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China).
Activity: First horse racing event after the Chinese New Year of Goat (羊) has come.
Who: Tall laowai or gwailo (老外 or 鬼佬, meaning: foreigner) experiencing horse racing for the first time!
T-shirt: 我不是壞人 (meaning: “I am not a bad person”). However, in the picture you can only see “Bad Person”.
GET SET, READY, GO! 羊年大吉! (Fortune in the New Year of Sheep!)
For me this picture is not about gambling. It represents the cultural exchanges of Europe and China. This racecourse was first built in 1845 to provide horse racing for the British people in Hong Kong, and nowadays it is extremely popular among locals and people from Mainland China. It is fascinating what cultural ties can bring!