When is the best time to visit Hong Kong? Our destination experts share an overview.
Hong Kong’s climate is subtropical and leans towards temperate for nearly half the year. You’ll find that there are many variations in the weather depending on where in Hong Kong you are and how near or far from the sea level, which is typical of a climate such as this. Generally speaking, it’s best to expect warm weather all year round.
Typhoon Tip: July and September are the months during which Hong Kong may be affected by tropical cyclones and gales may occur between May and November.
This is peak winter in Hong Kong, and temperatures range from 50°F to 74°F. This is also a considerably dry time of the year, making this one of the best times to visit the country and consequently one of the busiest as well!
- Enjoy the festivities around The Chinese New Year
- Take a tram ride up Victoria Peak to savor spectacular views of Hong Kong
- Admire the sculptures and bright green lawns of Tamar Park
Cool and dry conditions persist through February, making this a good time to visit Hong Kong.
- Marvel at the beautiful lanterns lit and hung through the city during the Lantern Festival, which marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations
- Hike up Dragon’s back
Temperatures usually range from the low 50s to the early 80s through this month. Expect a fair amount of mist and drizzle as well.
- If you want to avoid the rain, why not museum hop?
- Enjoy the plethora of hues during the Hong Kong Flower Show
Expect largely rainy and misty conditions to continue through the month, with not much sunshine. It can get quite muggy and sometimes ferry services can be disrupted due to the rains.
- Hong Kong is a melting point of cuisines – go restaurant hopping!
It gets warmer and muggier around this month with the start of the summer season. Expect average daytime temperatures around 88ºF and at night, slightly lower temperatures around 79ºF with high humidity. This is also the start of typhoon season!
- Ride on a sampan in Aberdeen Harbor and visit one of the many floating seafood restaurants
Much like May, June remains hot, humid and wet! Cloudy conditions prevail throughout the month.
- Enjoy a nighttime walk at the Kwun Tong Promenade
- The Dragon Boat Festival is usually celebrated during this month
July is one of the hottest and wettest months in Hong Kong, though you will see more sunny days than June. Temperatures touch the high 80s.
- Enjoy family time at the Ocean Park with its oceanarium, a marine mammal park, and a wildlife-based park
There’s hardly any difference between the weather in August and July! It remains hot and humid. This is also a busy month as it is the summer holiday period for Chinese schools, so expect popular locations to be largely packed.
- Visit the Temple Street Night Market with its food, textiles, handcrafted goods, antiques, souvenirs, clothes, and jewelry
September continues to stay hot and humid with highs often in the low 90s. This month also witnesses the most tropical cyclones. If the mid-Autumn festival falls during this month, it can get very busy.
- Enjoy the bright neon-lit alleys, narrow streets and over 90 restaurants and bars at Lan Kwai Fong
October is a great month to visit Hong Kong as it marks the end of the rainy season. Expect daytime temperatures in the low 80s, with several sunny days.
- Head to Disneyland on Lantau Island and rediscover the child in you!
- When at Lantau, don’t forget to ride on the Ngong Ping 360 – the aerial lift that opened in 2006
Warm, sunny conditions with low humidity make this one of the best months to visit Hong Kong. Expect lows in the early 50s so don’t forget to carry layers!
- Head to the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, one of the oldest such zoos in the world
- Explore the majestic Sik Sik Yuen Tai Sin Temple, a colorful fortress of shrines and altars, replete with lily ponds
Expect dry, cool and clear conditions through the month as the winter season commences in Hong Kong. This is a very busy month so make sure you book early!
- Visit the indigenous Hakka village (or wall village) Lai Chi Wo with over 200 ancient houses and temples
- Head to the City Centre and shop till you drop in its superb shopping district
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Best time to visit Hong Kong by season
Winter – from late-November to January – is considered the best time to visit Hong Kong since there are fewer surprises weather-wise. Later in the season, the sky is often cloudy and it can be a little windy and chilly. However, you can also expect intermittent pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine, and comfortable manageable temperatures. In general, January and February are cloudier months and come with the occasional cold fronts.
Spring – from February to April – offers fairly temperate conditions with occasional spikes in humidity. Fog and drizzle can cause some problems on high ground while air traffic and ferry services are occasionally disrupted because of reduced visibility.
Summer – from May to August – is pleasantly warm. Expect some clouds even with the increase in sunshine. From the start of May, the air is occasionally thick and muggy – this is also a leading sign for typhoons! It is hot and humid in the daytime with occasional showers and thunderstorms, particularly during the mornings. Expect average daytime temperatures around 88º F, and at night, slightly lower temperatures around 79ºF with high humidity.
Autumn – from September to November – is also among the better times to visit Hong Kong. While a typhoon can still pass in October, in November you will likely experience the first cool and windy days. By the end of the month, it can already be a little cold. Do bear in mind however that Hong Kong’s cold is still warm by European/western standards.
What to Pack for Hong Kong
As with most journeys abroad, the time of the year you arrive will determine what clothes you should pack. If you travel during the peak season in autumn and winter, expect warm weather. For this time of the year, it’s best to bring comfortable, lightweight and loose fitting cotton clothes. Long-sleeved items will also offer you protection from the sun. It’s always a great idea to carry a light jacket with you, especially at night. Even if you end up never using it, for that one out of ten times that you feel the chill, it could come in extremely handy! You may also need this in hotels or restaurants that use excessive air-conditioning – and many in Hong Kong do! While sightseeing, a hat and high-factor sun block can offer much needed protection against the hot sun. Lightweight cotton or linen T-shirts and polos, and knee-length shorts, are advisable and acceptable for visiting most sites including temples or pagodas. You will do a lot of walking in Hong Kong so light, comfortable and sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended.
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