Hong Kong is a well-loved travel destination all year due to its subtropical location. The busiest time to visit Hong Kong is from October to mid-May when the weather is mostly pleasant. People flock here during major holidays and festivities such as the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival and the Chinese New Year. When you plan on visiting during these times, be sure to book beforehand since there would be a huge influx of tourists.
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Best Time For Shopping
A world-renowned shopping capital, Hong Kong lures consumers of all kinds. Many companies choose to do business and sell goods here since Hong Kong has some of the lowest taxes in the globe. If you want to bargain, July to early September is a good time. Retailers offer discounts. A lot of fashion labels launch their fall and winter season looks during this month. After Christmas, until before the Lunar New Year (Tet in Vietnam) is also a prime time for shopping. Hong Kong is known to have large night markets, check out the streets in Mong Kok district. The best time to visit the night market is after 7 pm until midnight.
Best Time To Visit Disneyland
One prime attraction found in Hong Kong is Disneyland. If you want to steer clear of hordes of people and long lines, plan to go on weekdays. Intend to arrive earlier than the opening time. Refrain from visiting around major holidays. If you want the best Disneyland experience, go during dry and pleasant weather. These months are from November and April.
Best Time To Visit Victoria Peak
There are two ways to check out the peak, you either ride the Peak Tram or you hike. The Peak Tram is under renovations and will reopen in 2021. It is best to check out Victoria Peak during the summer months, during this time, the views are most excellent. Try going on weekdays to avoid crowds. The most popular time when visitors flock here is right before sunset. The view of the twilight from here is magnificent.
Hong Kong Festivals
There are several festivals in Hong Kong. A highly anticipated festival is the Chinese New Year. The next Chinese New Year is on January 25-27 2020. Immerse in a city bursting with color and life. There’s a lot to see and experience such as dragon dances and fireworks. A lot of tourists visit during this festival so be sure to plan. The Dragon Boat Festival takes place in the Shung Mun River where beautifully designed boats are showcased.
Travel Seasons in Hong Kong
Peak Season: (October until mid- May)
The busiest time to visit Hong Kong is from October to mid-May when the weather is mostly pleasant. People flock here during major holidays and festivities such as the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival and the Chinese New Year.
Shoulder Season: (mid-May to June)
Springtime isn’t over in gorgeous Hong Kong. Expect mildly warm temperatures and noticeable humidity during this time. When looking for accommodations, expect that prices are not as expensive as the high season. This season continues to bring an abundance of tourists.
Low Season: (July to August)
This is summertime in Hong Kong. It is hot and humid during these months with some chances of typhoons and summer rains. Room rates are also less expensive than during high season but not as cheap as the low season in other countries. Plan wisely and choose the best value for your budget.
Hong Kong Weather Month By Month
January: January is the coldest month in Hong Kong, but like other East Asian countries, you wouldn’t expect snow here. People arriving from colder climates may find that it’s welcoming. The average temperature is a mildly chilly 15°C while it’s hottest at a fine 23°C. January is one of the driest months, second only to December. It has a 21mm average rainfall over a course of four days. It doesn’t normally rain during this month, making it a prime time for nature activities. Light long-sleeves and jackets might come in handy.
February: February weather in Hong Kong resembles January closely. It has a 14°C drop and its hottest spike at a pleasant 25°C. Rainfall has an average 33mm with mostly light showers. Because of these conditions, outdoor activities are a good idea during this month. Bring a thin cardigan to the streets or a windproof jacket when hiking.
March: Springtime in Hong Kong has an average temperature of 28°C. The average rainfall is 44mm but mostly drizzles and mist. There is a lot of sunshine this month. The air is fresh and crisp making it an ideal time to enjoy the outdoors. Shorts and short-sleeved clothing is convenient for these sunny days. Light jackets may serve you for the evenings and when inside air-conditioned buildings.
April: When April arrives, the air starts to become moist and thick, with a mix of both sunny and rainy days. Rainfall has an average of 113mm in a period of eight days; this being more than the previous month. Bringing an umbrella is convenient. When it’s warm, temperatures are likely from 20°C and moving up to 29°C on some really hot days.
May: May is when summer arrives in the city of Hong Kong. The city can feel hot with average temperatures of 26°C to 31°C, sometimes even hotter. With the heat comes the humidity, expect a sticky feel when spending a lot of time outdoors. Rainfall is more frequent now with an average of 155mm over fifteen days. Wear hot climate clothes and rain shoes plus an umbrella.
June: In Hong Kong, the rainiest months are from June until August, with June being the least pleasant. The humidity has gone up to a point that it could get stifling, making it difficult for outdoor activities. Rainfall has gone up to an average of 238 mm over eighteen days. Bring clothes meant for hot and wet weather plus a light jacket and an umbrella.
July: July is similar to June but with more sun and rain. It gets hot during this month. Temperatures are averaging about 32 °C to 34 °C. During night-time, the temperature will only drop by 26 °C. This is when people flock inside malls to relax with air-conditioning. Make sure to bring an umbrella and clothes for hot weather.
August: Soaked the most during August, Hong Kong has an average rain of 281mm. It’s definitely typhoon season all throughout this month. It is still very humid and hot even with the storms. Prepare an umbrella and clothes for hot and humid weather.
September: September is a good time to travel to Hong Kong. It’s still balmy and moist but with less rain. The heat drops a notch to 31°C, and rainfall lowers significantly with an average of 166mm. This doesn’t mean typhoon season is over though, with tropical cyclones frequenting this month. By mid-September, the air starts to become less humid, making outdoor activities easier again. Pack like you would for a hot summer and bring an umbrella.
October: The weather is pleasant during October, making it a great time to visit Hong Kong. There is less rain with just 41mm on average for eight days. It’s not too hot or cold anymore either. The median temperature is 26°C to 28°C with the cold of the night dropping to 23°C. Enjoy mostly sunny skies during this month; you can leave your umbrella. Pack some sunny day clothing and an easy-to-carry jacket.
November: November in the city of Hong Kong is autumn, it’s probably the most wonderful time to visit. It’s beautiful at this time of year with lots of sunshine, low humidity, and agreeable temperatures. The average is at 22°C only rising up to 24°C during afternoons. The cold can drop to about 19°C especially during evenings. This is where easy cardigans or long-sleeved shirts might come in handy. There’s only 22mm of rain on average through a period of six days during this month.
December: Winter doesn’t feel like winter here in Hong Kong with the crisp air, clear horizons and an abundance of sun. The weather is cool with averages of 15°C to 20°C during the day and dips into a 14°C evening. Rainfall’s 22mm average is at an all-year low. Bring layered clothes and a jacket.
Most Popular Events in Hong Kong
January in Hong Kong
New Year’s Day
The start of the New Year in Hong Kong is celebrated with lion and dragon dances. There is a grand parade that stretches beginning in Canton Road to Tsim Sha Tsui. Magnificent and fast horses take center stage at the Sha Tin Race Course. You can attend live concerts in Tsim Sha Tsui and even aboard a New Year’s cruise.
Hong Kong Marathon
A popular sporting event hosted by Standard Chartered Bank attracts around 70,000 people worldwide. Fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and beginners can all join since there are options in the distance. Find a suitable track for you. The disabled aren’t left behind either since there are wheelchair races such as half a marathon and 3k race.
Chinese New Year –
This particular 3 day holiday is when Hong Kong is the liveliest and most vibrant. It falls on January 25 in 2020. The dates change throughout the years but the general rule is that it starts when the new moon appears from January 21 to February 20. There is a must-see float parade by Victoria Harbour. This parade features dancers, marching bands, jugglers, mascots and more. As the festivities come to a close, the skyline lights up beautifully with glorious fireworks.
February in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Arts Festival
For the last forty years or so, the annual Hong Kong Arts Festival has been attracting artists and art lovers from Hong Kong and all over the globe. It has showcased a number of memorable performances ranging from art, live theatre, music symphonies, dance shows, and operas. This festival occurs during late February until much of March every year.
Spring Lantern Festival
A unique event happens on Chinese New Year’s 15th day, February 8 in 2020. Thousands of bright, colorful and ornate lanterns will illuminate the city. The color red has long been believed to bring good fortune by the Chinese. It is the popular motif of choice for many of the lanterns seen in Hong Kong during this time. The heart of this celebration is at the Cultural Central Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Hong Kong Well-Wishing Festival
This occasion continues from the Chinese New Year festivities in Hong Kong. The locals go to a place called Lam Tsuen, Tai Po where they release beautiful Wishing Lanterns. People can join by whispering to the Wishing Trees and the making of wishing placards. There’s much to see such as the international float exhibition, and performing groups. A food carnival is part of this event, making it more attractive to a lot of tourists.
Valentine’s Day –
Chinese people used to celebrate Valentine’s in August. These days, like most modern cities, Valentine’s Day falls on the fourteenth of February. Romance and appreciation are in the air and in many shops and restaurants. You’ll find an influx of vendors selling flowers, chocolates, balloons, bears, and love letters. Restaurants and cafes may offer Valentine’s promos and romantic dinners. Tourists and locals alike are out in the city spending time with their partners, their family or their friends. Older and more traditional couples might opt to stay in and cook a thoughtful dinner for their lover.
March in Hong Kong
Tai Kok Tsui Temple Fair
Hung Shing is the God of the Sea for the people of Hong Kong. Since Hong Kong is a port city, the seas played a vital role in its history and commerce. Every year in the first part of March, a day is dedicated to Hung Shing. The god worshipped by fishermen for protection and luck in the old days. This colorful event is in Mong Kok with dancing, parades, and lanterns.
Hong Kong International Film Festival
The modern world celebrates film, much like how Hong Kong has managed to have Asia’s first festival dedicated to international film. Since its conception in 1976, the latter of March every year is when filmmakers, film crew, film enthusiasts and fans gather. The festival rejoices how far the film industry has come. It also showcases the many facets of film and its impact on society. This is a glamorous event. Plan to attend the different events of this festival and expect a wonderful culture trip.
Hong Kong Flower Show
Hong Kong Flower Show is an annual ten-day exhibition organized and brought to the city by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong. It is every March in Victoria Park, where you would find beautifully intricate landscapes and flower arrangements. Locals join in the different floral performances. While other locals and tourists enjoy the picturesque and colorful festival.
April in Hong Kong
Ching Ming Festival
The people in Hong Kong know this day as Tomb-Sweeping Day. It falls during the beginning of spring in later March or in early April. The next Ching Ming Festival is on April 4, 2020. On this day, locals flock to the city’s hillside graveyards. Ching Ming is translated into English as ‘‘clean and bright’’. Expressing how the local people sweep and polish their ancestors’ graves. These are acts of reverence for the ones that have left the physical world behind. Food, light, incense, and prayers are offered. Most of the items are the ones the people believe can help the dead in their afterlife. This festival might resemble the day of the dead in other countries. This festival is deeply about devotion and remembrance.
Hong Kong Rugby Sevens
The famous World Series calendar holds its seventh 3-day annual tournament in the city of Hong Kong during early April. The rugby event takes place in Hong Kong Stadium in Causeway Bay. Fans of this sport run in the thousands with the world looking on. Apart from the main game event, a slew of parties, promotions, and parades take hold.
Tin Hau’s Birthday
Tin Hau is a sea goddess worshipped by Hong Kong in olden times. Like the God of the Sea, the port city pays respects to this divine being. Tin Hau’s birthday is on the third lunar month’s 23rd day in late April or in early May. Tin Hau is the patron saint for the fishermen of Hong Kong. History has shown her influence in the city, where more than 70 temples are for her. Tradition has kept this maritime heritage alive and well. The locals, even the younger ones still gather in the different temples on this day to pray and to revere Tin Hau.
May in Hong Kong
Labour Day is a beloved public holiday celebrated by many countries in the world and Hong Kong is one of them. This day, the workforce is given its respects by having a day off. Expect crowds enjoying the off time in the city or tourists coming in to have a short stay. Some local and tourists alike come together for celebrations in Victoria Park.
Le French May
Since 1993, from early in May to June every year, an arts festival is presented. Le French May is the largest arts festival in Asia. This festival aims to promote French art and culture. There are world-class visual arts, operas, dance, music, fashion, theatre, circus, and cinema. You won’t run out of options here.
Buddha Birthday Celebrations
During the fourth lunar moon’s eight-day, mostly in the second half of April or the first part of May, people from Hong Kong as well as some tourists on pilgrimage celebrate the day Prince Siddharta was born. In Hong Kong, the locals revere this day as the day the Buddha attained enlightenment. People will light lanterns, burn incense, meditate and give offerings to temples all over the city. A lot of Asian countries celebrate Buddha’s birthday. Hong Kong’s Buddha Birthday holds the title of it being one of the largest Buddhist festivals.
Cheung Chau Bun Festival
This is a five-day soiree that occurs in the middle of May annually. In 2020, the official dates are from May 9 to May 13. It was initially celebrated on the island of Cheung Chau, Hong Kong. Experience a sight to behold, where tall bamboo mountains are littered with delicious handmade buns near Pak Tai Temple. Buns in Hong Kong are like Chinese style cakes or pastries. Martial arts, Chinese opera, group performances, and colorful parades are some events to be seen.
June in Hong Kong
Dragon Boat Festival
Dragons have long played an important role in Chinese superstition and lore. It is done every fifth day of the fifth lunar month, there is a colorful dragon boat festival. The sight of these dragon boats racing is its much-anticipated highlight. This type of race is a competitive sport also seen in other Chinese areas. In Hong Kong, the setting of the boat race is in Victoria Harbour. This festival has been celebrated for over 2,000 years.
Chinese Opera Festival
An annual Chinese Opera gala has graced Hong Kong since 2010. It starts during the middle of June until late in July or in early August. Numerous film screenings and performances are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. The cultural invocation of old China is seen through the meticulous methods of Chinese Opera. Excellent artists, writers, and costume make this feast one to remember.
Stanley Dragon Boat Short-Course Races
Every year late in the month of June, a shorter course race for boats is held. The boats only compete for best speed within a 200m distance length.
July in Hong Kong
Hong Kong July 1st Celebrations
A public holiday that is more political in nature is on every July 1. It remembers the handing over of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to Mainland China. One might think that this is a declaration of independence. But a large number, if not, the majority of Hong Kong nationals think otherwise. These days it is a day filled with protests against mainland China. Some people see it as a day to celebrate. These people join in parades, performances and enjoy the fireworks overhead.
Hong Kong Book Fair
The Hong Kong yearly book festival is at least seven days of festivity in middle July. The dates of the fair are from July 17 to July 23, 2020, this year. The city participates in selling old and new books and media products. Some authors join in by giving book signings. People can also join in the different literature, writing and reading seminars, and workshops.
Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong
The anime and game industry has blown to mind-blowing popularity these days, with Hong Kong in its front lines with this annual event. A buffet of video games, digital animation, and digital entertainment are tossed up with toys, comics, and collectibles. Prizes are given, and presentations are watched. There are comic and design competitions, COSPLAY and more. This festival attracts kids and kids at heart of all ages, making it an enjoyable feat.
August in Hong Kong
Hungry Ghost Festival
Also known as Zhongyuan Jie, Gui Jie or Yulan Festival, the Ghost Festival is a traditional festival held in certain Asian countries. It is of Taoist and Buddhist origins. It is on the seventh Chinese lunar month’s fifteenth night. It is in August when the Hungry Ghost Festival is held. The next one will be on August 15, 2019. People believe that on this day, the gates of hell open. The ghosts are able to receive food and drink. Since the gates aren’t always open, these ghosts are hungry. The local people burn incense, light candles and give offerings for the dead. It is an old tradition that tourists might enjoy seeing and experiencing.
Hong Kong Food Expo
Hong Kong is considered by many a food capital in Asia, merging different cuisines into the heart of what the city has to offer. In the middle of August, a five-day event is held every year that gathers over 900 food exhibitors worldwide. These participants present beautiful, delicious, extravagant and rare food concepts to the public. Come and experience mouth-watering entertainment and satisfying taste in the next one this coming August 15 to August 17, 2019.
Chinese Valentine’s Day/ Double Seventh Day
This is the Qixi Festival or Qiqiao Festival. The Double Seventh Day is an ancient and traditional Chinese festival that is on every year during the seventh Lunar month’s seventh day, August 7 in 2019. This festival is practiced for over 2,000 years since the Han Dynasty. “Qi” and“Xi” is Chinese for seven and night. This means that a man and woman meet each other on this double seventh night. In Chinese mythology, the couple was the cowherd and the weaver girl. Old traditions include women showcasing skills and worshiping deities. Today it is similar to the February Valentine’s Day. Couples show affection to each other through gift-giving and spending some romantic time together.
September in Hong Kong
This event is on the 8th Chinese lunar calendar month’s 15th day. The Mid-Autumn Festival is slightly similar to the Chinese New Year festival in grandiosity. This year it’ll be on September 13, Friday, on the full moon. Expect a slew of delicious mooncakes. People gather to share meals and appreciate the bright moon. Mooncakes symbolize the history of rebellion against the Mongols. The ideas for rebellion were kept hidden within these pastry treats. Lanterns and carnivals are the norms. There are colorful performances such as the Tai Hang Fire dragon dances, exhibitions of kung fu and other exciting shows throughout the city.
Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair
This annual festival takes timepiece trading seriously as numerous brands and companies from all over the world join in to show their craft in this 5-day event. It is set in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Expect diverse and luxurious choices in watches. Gain insight into the craft and the watch trade.
October in Hong Kong
Cheung Yeung Festival
Held on the 9th lunar month’s 9th day, this public holiday is sometimes called the Double Ninth Day Festival. This year it will fall on October 7, 2019. On this day the people of Hong Kong visit their ancestors’ tombs much like how they did in the Ching Ming Festival. They show their remembrance and reverence to loved ones that have since passed by. They do so by bringing food, Chinese paper money, and incense. Locals believe that hiking up to the high points in Hong Kong will bring fortune. Since its October, the weather is wonderful for spending time in nature.
Hong Kong Tennis Open
Due to its British influence, Hong Kong has some early Western sports knowledge. A yearly tennis open event is held in the city. It is one of the World Tennis Association’s stops during the Asian swing. Foreign and local athletes gather to compete inside Victoria Park’s Tennis Stadium.
Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival
Hundreds of booths line by Victoria Harbour late in October. These stalls offer world-renowned delicacies and exquisite fine wines coming from all over the globe in a period of at least three days. Culinary experts, master chefs, and food and wine industry names come together for a luscious event. Expect to find one of a kind and memorable dishes, wine-paired meals and all sorts of liquor from malts to craft beer. This event is not all for consuming as you can find a number of tasting classes and master classes offered. Expand your food and wine knowledge. Indulge in the best the world has to offer.
Hong Kong is famous for its lively nightlife. There are a variety of trendy spots in the city such as Central and Lan Kwai Fong district. They offer world-class drinks and a vibrant crowd. Halloween here is great for the people who enjoy the nights out. With many dressing up as their chosen Halloween character. Expect Halloween themed decorations, theme park celebrations, and street parties.
November in Hong Kong
Lan Kwai Fong Carnival
Celebrated in Lan Kwai Fong District, this carnival continues for two days in November. It presents more than 80 different booths and stands. Expect countless options of scrumptious foods and liquor from all over the world. Join in various activities such as arts, crafts, and games.
World of Food and Music at Stanley
All four Sundays during November, another feast for the senses is brewing with the World of Food and Music Festival at Stanley, Hong Kong. Expect a mix of culinary, wine and musical performances.
Hong Kong Winter Fest
Hong Kong is one of the best places to spend the Christmas season and one of the reasons why is Hong Kong Winter Fest. Every middle of November until New Year’s Day is a themed celebration. Have fun with the different activities presented such as photo booths and admire the meticulous decorations throughout the city. People can enjoy shopping as the countdown to December 25 continues.
December in Hong Kong
The Great European Carnival
In Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong the Great European Carnival starts in the middle of December up until the middle of February. This carnival highlights some thrill seeker amusement rides, live performances, and other carnival games. It features a number of local and foreign artists, circus performers and comedians from all over the world. You’re sure to have a good show.
Hong Kong Shopping Season
Hong Kong has long been a favorite shopping destination to consumers all year round. Every late December up until the Lunar New Year, major sales and promos are in stores throughout the city. It’s a good time to buy if you want to get more value for your money.
Christmas Symphony of Lights
A nightly display of light and color is seen lighting up in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor. If you think this is a beautiful sight, try visiting in December. The Christmas Symphony of Lights begs you to differ. During the Christmas season, more buildings participate in the evening light show. Expect a detailed display of magnificent architecture and beautifully colored visuals.
The Hong Kong Mega ShowCase
Every year, or several days in December nearing Christmas, a large bazaar is held inside the Hong Kong Convention Centre. More than a thousand booths and stalls from different brands and sellers are present. There are trade shows and expos in different set locations at the convention center. They all have a certain theme such as gadgets and technology, cars, fashion zone, food, and beauty. Come on the end of the year for a complete array of consumer fun under one roof.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year they say, and who could argue? It brings together families, friends, and neighbors. Try to visit Lan Kwai Fong district, on Christmas Eve. They have lots of delicious food, signature drinks and live entertainment to offer. Most of the establishments in Hong Kong close during this time.
New Year’s Eve
The city’s skyline will be lit with hundreds of fireworks during New Year’s Eve. People dance in the streets of Lan Kwai Fong district. Indulge as you experience the different sounds and smells of a beloved holiday in a new city. The food, laughter, and excitement are felt all around Hong Kong.