When to Go to Hong Kong
Hong Kong by Season
Just like the UK, Hong Kong has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. However unlike the UK, with a tropical climate, it’s warm here for much of the year, with mild winters making the city a popular escape over the Christmas and New Year period. To help you choose the best time of year to travel, we’ve broken the year up into its seasons:
March to May
As spring arrives, temperatures begin to increase, averaging around 20°C but often reaching 26°C. Days are warm and comfortable, making this a great season to see the sights or go hiking, although the weather is changeable and evenings can be a little cooler, so bring a jumper. Plenty of cultural events happen at this time too, making it a popular time to travel.
Hong Kong International Film Festival: held in March, this celebration of Hong Kong’s movie industry sees many local and Chinese films screened all over the city over a week-long period.
Hong Kong Bird Watching Festival: in spring, get yourself down to Hong Kong Wetland Park and learn more about its feathered residents with various workshops, lectures and birdwatching sessions.
June to August
Summer brings higher temperatures and humidity to Hong Kong, with hot and sunny days making this a great time to hit the city’s beaches. Temperatures often surpass 30°C and the likelihood of thunderstorms increases, so don’t forget your umbrella. Approaching typhoons are announced on the TV and radio, so do listen out in case of an impending storm, which may disrupt local transport.
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival: in early June, dragon boat races are held in various locations across the city, attracting thousands of competitors and supporters to watch the brightly-coloured boats race across the water.
Hong Kong Shopping Festival: in July and August, Hong Kong’s numerous shopping centres put on special events and sales, attracting bargain hunters and shopaholics alike. Best of all, the malls are all air-conditioned, making this the perfect way to escape the summer heat.
September to November
Autumn brings cooler temperatures once more, along with some refreshing sea breezes, making this a lovely time to travel. Warm, sunny days with temperatures in the high twenties and a low chance of rain bring visitors to Hong Kong’s outlying islands, hills and forests, especially Lantau. Do bring a jacket though, in case of unseasonal cold weather.
Mid-Autumn Festival: in mid-September, look out for dancing fire dragons, plenty of food and drinks, and ornate lanterns as the city celebrates its second biggest festival after Chinese New Year.
Horse racing season: down at the Happy Valley racecourses, racing season kicks off in September, drawing huge crowds who dress up, dine out and bet enthusiastically on their favourite horse.
December to February
Winter in Hong Kong is cool and dry, with sporadic cloud cover. Although it gets cold by Hong Kong standards (with lows of around 10°C), the weather is definitely manageable by British standards, making this a pleasant time to travel, as long as you bring a coat. With so many establishments getting into the spirit of the season, Christmas is a great time to visit, as is Chinese New Year.
Christmas: unusually for Asia, Hong Kong goes all-out for Christmas, with festive food, shopping and parades, including a performance of the Nutcracker by the Hong Kong Ballet and a tinsel and glitter fest at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Chinese New Year: although Hong Kong is at its busiest over Chinese New Year, it’s a great time to partake in the festivities, which include parades, arts performances, and the mother of all fireworks displays.