When is the best time to visit Hong Kong?
- Best time to shop: Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise all year round, but one of the best times for bargains is from July to early September, when many retailers offer attractive discounts to attract customers from the city’s beaches.You will also see many great fashion brands launching their latest looks for autumn and winter. Just after Christmas and before the Chinese New Year is another good time for sales. If you want to experience Hong Kong’s largest night market, the Temple Street Market located in the Kowloon area of Yau Ma Tei and Jordan is open all year round, with the exception of the first day of the Chinese New Year,
- Best time to visit Hong Kong Disneyland: The best time to visit Hong Kong Disneyland is when the weather is relatively dry and temperatures are comfortable, usually between November and April.No matter when you arrive, go on a weekday and plan to get there at least a few minutes before the park opens.
- Best time to visit Victoria Peak: The best time to visit Victoria Peak is right after it rains, which is more frequent during the summer months, as it helps clear the air, allowing for the best views.If you want to avoid the long queues, on weekdays at 9am.The busiest time tends to be just before sunset on a clear day, but this is also the time when you can enjoy a spectacular view as the sun sets below the horizon, and after sunset, the whole city is especially impressive with all the dazzling lights presented to you.
- Best time for festivals: Hong Kong is lit up with festivals throughout much of the year, but if you want to experience the biggest and most colorful, plan to go during the Chinese New Year which falls on the new moon between January 21 and February 20; January 28, 2017.At this time, the city is full of excitement and hordes of tourists, so plan your trip well in advance.if you are here in late May or early June, while you should be prepared for the hot and humid weather, you can enjoy the opportunity to witness the elaborately designed boats on the Shing Mun River during the Dragon Boat Festival.
Hong Kong Travel Seasons
- High Season (October to mid-May): Hong Kong is a popular year-round destination, which means it does not have a well-defined high or low season.The busiest periods tend to be outside the hot summer months, peaking during busy periods such as the Golden Holiday Week around May 1st, October 1st and the Chinese New Year in late January/early February.during this time, you should book your hotels well in advance and prepare for the crowds, although you can expect large numbers of visitors during much of the year.rooms are booked completely early.book the best hotels in Hong Kong and the best cheap hotels in Hong Kong months in advance.
- Mid season (mid May to June): during late spring in Hong Kong, the heat and humidity are generally bearable, and room rates are a little more manageable, although crowds may be similar to those you would find in the high season.
- Low season (July and August): Summer is generally considered «low season», although you are unlikely to find deeply discounted rates as you would in many other destinations.The hot, sultry, typhoon-prone weather has not deterred travelers or caused hotel rates to drop as they used to, so you’ll want to weigh the bargains against the cost of suffering from the heat and sweaty tourists.
Hong Kong weather by month
- Hong Kong weather in January: although January is the coldest month in Hong Kong, people coming from northern climates will find it quite pleasant and sometimes a little bit cold. You won’t see snow, not even frost, in fact, anything below 10°C is considered a severe cold spell.January is the second driest month after December, with only an average of 21mm of rainfall in four days.this is one of the few months with virtually no rain, so it’s a good time to get out and enjoy the outdoors.while you probably won’t need summer clothes, a light jacket, long sleeve shirts, pants and good walking shoes should be more than enough.(Average maximum temperature: 23°C. Average rainfall: 21mm.)
- Hong Kong’s climate in February: February is similar to January, with a high temperature of up to 25°C, and very little rain with 33mm on average, and when it comes, it is mainly in the form of drizzle. The average minimum at night is 14°C, so even if you are out at night, you will not need more than a light jacket.This is one of the best times to be in Hong Kong for outdoor activities, and even to go for a walk on the trails. Most of the time, a sweater or a light jacket is all you need to keep warm, although you may not even need it.If you plan to head for the hills, a light windproof jacket is recommended.(Average maximum temperature: 25°C. Average rainfall: 33mm.)
- Hong Kong weather in March: by the time March arrives, it will really feel like spring.The average temperature for this month is 18°C, and the mercury sometimes rises to 28°C in some afternoons.the rainfall increases to 44mm, but again, it is mainly drizzle, along with foggy mornings, which usually alternate with drier and sunnier days.this is the last month until late autumn when you can go out without worrying about the humidity soaking your clothes, so take advantage of the beautiful weather by spending time outdoors.’, «Bring short-sleeved shirts, pants and even a pair of shorts for those nice warm days.as the temperature will rarely drop below 15°C, a lightweight sweater is all you will need at night.note that you may also need it indoors during the day, due to the shivering air-conditioning temperatures in places such as shopping malls and supermarkets that usually range from 13°C to 15°C. (Average maximum temperature: 28°C. Average rainfall: 44mm.)
- Hong Kong Climate in April: While the humidity and heat gradually increase, April is generally a pleasant time to be in Hong Kong, with temperatures generally ranging from 20°C to 25°C, although it can reach 29°C. While this is definitely a t-shirt and shorts climate, April also brings much more rain, with an average rainfall of 113mm in eight days.Although you’ll have plenty of sunshine to take advantage of outdoor activities, it’s a good idea to bring an umbrella: a jacket can be too warm. And again, a light sweater is often needed to spend time indoors, due to the cold, air-conditioned buildings. Average rainfall: 113 mm.)
- Hong Kong weather in May: Spring is short in Hong Kong, and summer arrives in May.while not the worst month to be here, with average temperatures of 20 degrees, mercury can rise to 31°C or even more, and this is the time when humidity also increases.While it’s a perfect beach climate, the humidity is often quite demanding for those who want to walk around the city a lot.May also starts the typhoon season, with the second half of the month especially rainy and rainy: on average, 155 mm of rain falls in 15 days.now, you will definitely need your summer clothes, including short-sleeved shirts, shorts and sandals that you don’t mind getting wet, along with an umbrella.a sweater will also help you cope with the low indoor temperatures.(Average maximum temperature: 31°C. Average rainfall: 155 mm.)
- Hong Kong Climate in June: The summer months: June, July and August are the wettest months of the year in Hong Kong, and June may be the worst time of all to be here.The humidity is oppressive, making it very uncomfortable to spend much time outdoors, and the average rainfall is 238 mm which drops in 18 days. The good news is that the average temperature is 28°C, with maximum temperatures reaching 31°C. If you plan a visit during this month, an umbrella becomes even more essential, and water shoes may also be a good idea, along with your summer gear and sweater.», «
- Hong Kong weather in July: in July, along with everything you need for a trip in June, you’ll need sunscreen and an industrial-size deodorant stick.the sun is brighter this month, but there’s also more rain, averaging 252 mm in 15 days.the average high temperature is 32°C, although on some days it can reach temperatures as high as 34°C, and you won’t get much relief after dark either, with average lows of just 26°C. While it is very difficult to enjoy outdoor activities for a long period of time without feeling very uncomfortable, such as long periods of walking, you can take refuge in the air-conditioned mall or other indoor places. Average rainfall: 252 mm.)
- Hong Kong’s weather in August: August is the wettest month of all, with 281 mm of rainfall on average, through occasional rain, thunderstorms and typhoons, while high humidity remains.Within minutes, or even seconds of walking outside, your shirt is likely to soak. This is not a very pleasant time to explore the city’s outdoors, although the many indoor attractions with air conditioning and public transportation help.Pack as you would for July, and be prepared as much as you can for the heat, humidity, rain and colder indoor temperatures.(Average maximum temperature: 32°C. Average rainfall: 281mm.)
- Hong Kong weather in September: if you are visiting Hong Kong in summer, September is your best choice.While it is generally hot and humid, there is less humidity and rain to interfere with your plans, and you will enjoy many days with clear skies.the average high temperature drops slightly to 31°C, and rain falls significantly to 166mm, although the typhoon season continues and September is the month with the most tropical cyclones.in the middle of the month, while it remains sticky, the humidity recedes enough that it is no longer unpleasant to explore the city streets.When you pack as you would for the other summer months, you will be well prepared for a more pleasant trip.(Average maximum temperature: 31°C. Average rainfall: 166mm.)
- Hong Kong weather in October: when it comes to weather, October is a wonderful time to be in Hong Kong.The rain has decreased enormously, only 41 mm falling in eight days, and you will mostly enjoy clear skies and constant heat without being too hot. The average temperature is around 26°C, and it is usually no hotter than 28°C. The evenings are also pleasant, with minimum temperatures of 23°C. Bring your summer clothes and a light sweater for the cooler places indoors, but don’t worry too much about an umbrella, as there is a good chance you won’t need it this month (Average maximum temperature: 26°C. Average rainfall: 41mm).
- Hong Kong weather in November: Autumn in Hong Kong is lovely, with November having low humidity, lots of sunshine and almost perfect temperatures, averaging 22°C and occasionally rising to 24°C in the afternoon.The low temperatures drop to 19°C, so if you are used to the heat, you may need a light jacket and want to dress in layers, although many people feel some long-sleeved shirts along with short-sleeved tops for the warmer days, and long pants, are ideal for this time of year. The rain decreases even further, to only 22 mm of precipitation in six days, so there’s no need for an umbrella this month.(Average maximum temperature: 24°C. Average precipitation: 22 mm.)
- Hong Kong in December: although December marks the beginning of winter, it’s hard to call this season «winter» in Hong Kong.You will need a sweater or a jacket, but heavy coats can be kept at home. It is also a good idea to plan to dress in layers for fluctuating temperatures that range from cold to warm. The climate is dry, the sky is clear and you will enjoy plenty of sunlight, averaging six hours a day. Daytime temperatures are usually in the mid- to late teens, although they can reach up to 20°C, and nighttime minimums drop to 14°C. With only 21 mm of rainfall for four days in December, you won’t have to worry about rain (average maximum temperature: 20°C).)
Hong Kong special events per month
Hong Kong events in January
- New Year’s Day January 1st, New Year’s Day, is a national holiday in Hong Kong, and here brings the Dragon and Lion Dance show featuring a parade that usually starts on Canton Road along the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Avenue of Stars in early afternoon, ending at the UC Centenary Garden, East Tsim Sha Tsui.On the same day, it is the exciting New Year’s Day Race, one of the eight «Great Days of Racing», which is held at the Sha Tin Race Course, where you will see beautiful horses running to the finish.
- Hong Kong Marathon: This international flagship sporting event attracts approximately 70,000 participants and features a marathon, as well as a half-marathon, 10k, half-marathon and a 3k wheelchair race.
- Chinese New Year: The Chinese New Year, the city’s largest and most colorful festival, is based on the lunar calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar, meaning that the dates change slightly every year.While it often falls in early February, in 2017 it will fall on January 28. One of the highlights is the parade near Victoria’s harbour where you will see dozens of floats through the streets, accompanied by bands, skaters, dancers, jugglers and more.The entire city closes for three days to celebrate, and it’s all rounded off with a stunning fireworks display over the water.
Hong Kong Events in February
- Hong Kong Art Festival: The long-running Hong Kong Art Festival begins in late February and runs through much of March each year.’, «Over the past 40 years, it has hosted a multitude of rich and colorful performances, including symphonies, ballets and operas, both from China and other countries.
- Spring Lantern Festival: This festival features brightly colored lanterns that can be seen hanging throughout the city.The main celebration takes place in Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong’s Central Cultural Square.
- Hong Kong Wish Festival: The Hong Kong Wish Festival continues with New Year’s celebrations.The presentation groups and a display of New Year’s parade floats are also part of the festivities.
Hong Kong Events in March
- Tai Kok Tsui Temple Fair: held annually in early March, this fair is a day full of colorful festivities dedicated to the Sea God, Hung Shing, revered in ancient times by many fishermen.
- Hong Kong International Film Festival: the oldest international film festival in Asia, and one of the most important cultural events in Hong Kong, this event, which begins during the second half of March each year, brings together actors, directors, screenwriters and other industry professionals.
- Hong Kong Flower Show: This ten-day show held in mid-March features elaborate displays of flowers and garden areas, as well as competitions, flower shows and cultural events with changing themes each year.
Hong Kong Events in April
- Ching Ming Festival: Celebrating the beginning of spring on the third moon of the Lunar New Year, in late March or early April, April 4, 2017, this festival is a time when families visit their ancestral graves to clean and leave offerings.It can be a fantastic sight to witness, as incense sticks and incense are burned, and all sorts of food is left behind: in Hong Kong, pork and takeaway rice are common.
- Hong Kong Rugby Sevens – This is the main sporting event on the annual calendar in Hong Kong. Running from Friday to Sunday in early April, it attracts fans from near and far.The tournament takes place in the Hong Kong stadium, and there are also party tents and giant screens outside in the Chater Garden, and there are many parties, shows and parades before and during the event.
- Tin Hau Birthday – The birthday of the Sea Goddess, Tin Hau, is celebrated on the 23rd day of the third month in the Lunar Calendar, in late April or early May. There are over 60 Tin Hau temples in Hong Kong spread throughout the city, and each one will hold some kind of celebration, including parades, lion and dragon dances, music and more.
Events in Hong Kong in May
- Labour Day: May 1st is a holiday in Hong Kong, a time when workers enjoy their day off and some gather for demonstrations in Victoria Park.Expect large crowds at most tourist sites and attractions; this is a good day for shopping, but you may want to avoid congestion around the park.
- Le French May: From early May to June, this annual event, which has been held for more than two decades, is a festival of French culture. Events are organized in various locations in Hong Kong and include everything from the circus to movies, opera and classical dance, along with food and fashion vendors.
- Cheung Chau Bun Festival: Held over five days in mid-May (May 10-15, 2016) on Cheung Chau Island, the highlight of this lively festival is the huge bamboo mountains covered with handmade buns that are placed near the Pak Tai Temple where most of the celebrations take place.
Hong Kong Events in June
- Dragon Boat Festival: Held annually for three days in June and sometimes in late May, this festival features dragon boat races at various locations around the region, as well as live shows, parades, food stalls and more.
- Chinese Opera Festival: The Chinese Opera Festival begins annually in mid-June and lasts until the end of July or early August.It features daily theatre performances by leading companies, as well as a wide range of events, from Chinese opera film screenings to symposia and exhibitions.
- Stanley Dragon Boat Short-Course: Held in late June, three weeks after the main Dragon Boat Festival races, these races, as their name suggests, take place over a shorter course of 200 metres.
Hong Kong Events in July
- Hong Kong 1st July Celebrations: This national holiday commemorates the anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.Celebrations are held throughout the city in each district and include flag raising ceremonies, parades, cultural performances and a stunning fireworks display.
- b This annual book fair takes place for one week in mid-July at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.In addition to exhibiting and selling new books and media products, it features seminars, reading and writing workshops and autograph sessions with authors.
- Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s most popular event for video games, comics, animation, digital entertainment and toys and collectibles, it is especially popular with children aged 12-30.
Hong Kong Events in August
- Hungry Ghost Festival – This festival is held on the 15th night of the 7th lunar month in the Chinese calendar, usually in August; August 17, 2016.According to traditional Chinese belief, this is the time when restless spirits roam the earth, and you will see many people making efforts to appease them by burning incense, incense paper, candles, and fake money.
- Hong Kong Food Expo: Held over five days in mid-August, 11-16 August 2016, this annual food fair brings together more than 900 exhibitors showcasing delicacies and the best selection of foods from around the world.
- Double Seventh Day / Chinese Valentine’s Day: The most romantic of traditional Chinese festivals, this festival is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh Chinese lunar month, August 9, 2016 and August 28, 2017.
Hong Kong Events in September
- Mid-Autumn Festival: Also known as the Moon Cake Festival, this September event will take place on September 16, 2016.It includes many lantern carnivals featuring colorful lanterns, song and dance performances, kung fu and craft demonstrations, as well as other festivities throughout Hong Kong. A lantern parade is held in Victoria Park.
- Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair: The world’s largest clock event offers an incredible variety of watches and clocks, as well as a preview of the latest designs and trends.The highlight is the World Brand Piazza, featuring limited and rare edition watches from leading international brands.
Hong Kong Events in October
- Cheung Yeung Festival: this holiday is a day of remembrance to be celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth moon, October 9, 2016.Like the Ching Ming Festival, families visit tombs to pay their respects to their loved ones who have passed by, offering such things as food, incense, and Chinese paper money. Many villagers also take advantage of the day off to enjoy the cooler weather that eventually came from hiking and other outdoor activities.
- Hong Kong Tennis Open: The Hong Kong Tennis Open brings together the best tennis professionals who compete in the Victoria Park Tennis Stadium for nine days in mid-October.
- Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival: Held over three days in late October, the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival features hundreds of booths located throughout Victoria’s harbour offering award-winning meals along with excellent wines and spirits from around the world.It kicks off a month-long series of events for food enthusiasts, including culinary offerings, master classes and street carnivals.
- Halloween: Halloween here is mainly about shopping and entertainment for young adults who often dress up while going to bars and clubs in the central area of Lan Kwai