When is the Best time to Visit Hong Kong?

best time to visit hong kong

When is the ideal time to visit Hong Kong? Hong Kong has a subtropical climate which makes it a year-round destination. However, summer is the worst time to visit Hong Kong as they can be uncomfortably hot and humid, and there are also typhoons during the rainy season.

Winter is one of the best times to visit Hong Kong. The daytime temperatures are comfortable, the evenings are cool, and there is still enough sunshine. Spring and autumn are also great times to go.

However, choosing the right time to visit Hong Kong is not just about the weather. There are festivals, holidays, and occasions which visitors might want to either experience or avoid. This seasonal guide will explain everything you need to know about when to visit Hong Kong.

Many nationalities can enter Hong Kong without a visa. Others need to apply for a Hong Kong Visa before setting off.

Autumn in Hong Kong (September to November)

Autumn is a fantastic time to visit Hong Kong. The average temperature is around 23°C and the humidity isn’t too high. September is a wet month which can be uncomfortable and there is also the risk of typhoons. However, by October the rain stops, the skies clear, and the humidity drops. It’s a great time to explore the city streets, enjoy outdoor activities, and go to festivals.

Autumn highlights

  • The Mid-Autumn Festival: Falls on the 15th day of the 8th month on the Chinese calendar (September or October). The festival runs for a week and the streets are lined with beautiful lanterns. Spectacular ‘lion dances’ are held in towns and cities.
  • The Wine and Dine Festival: The four-day event is held alongside the stunning Victoria Harbour skyline at the end of October. Visitors can enjoy world-class food and wine combinations from over 400 stalls.
  • Lan Kwai Fong Carnival: A celebration of culture, tradition, food, music, and dance. There is so much to see and do at the two-day festival including sake booths, performances, parades, and food stalls.

Winter in Hong Kong (December To February)

Overall, winter is the best time to visit Hong Kong and December is the best month. The average temperature is around 17°C though it fluctuates slightly from year-to-year. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 15°C, before the temperature starts to go up again in February. It’s the best time to enjoy hiking and there are some amazing winter festivals to enjoy.

Winter highlights

  • The Winter Fest: A spectacular attraction based around the western idea of Christmas. It features rides, fireworks, performances, lights, mazes, and much more. CNN named it as one of the top 10 laces in the world to spend the festive period.
  • New Year’s Eve: The breathtaking fireworks displays get better each year. The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is the best place to spend the countdown (as long as you don’t mind crowds).
  • Chinese New year: The biggest event of the year falls in January. The ancient festival has a different feel from the mainland and includes floats, fireworks, performances, and festive markets. Banks, public utilities, and shops close over these days.

Spring in Hong Kong (March to May)

Spring is another good time to visit Hong Kong but the heat and humidity do begin to rise from March. The weather is generally warm, pleasant, and comfortable (the average temperature over the season is 18°C) but in May the temperature can go above 30°C. For those who enjoy the sunshine, spring is the best time to enjoy Hong Kong’s beaches.

Spring highlights

  • The Flower Show: The annual event showcases a breathtaking display of colorful flowers included bouquets, landscape displays, and potted plants. Competitors come from all over the world to compete and there are also photography and art competitions.
  • The International Film Festival: One of Hong Kong’s largest cultural events. Actors, directors, writers, and fans gather from all over to watch screenings and celebrate.
  • The Ching Ming Festival: Ching Ming translates to ‘clean and bright’. This is the day that people clean up their ancestors’ graves and make offerings. Extra public transportation is put on to accommodate the mass exodus to the normally quiet cemeteries.

Summer in Hong Kong (June to August)

This season is both the hottest and the wettest period. The temperature ranges from 26 to 34°C which makes outdoor activities very difficult. People who visit Hong Kong in the summer tend to stay indoors and spend time visiting museums and enjoying other activities which don’t rely on comfortable weather.

Summer highlights

  • Dragon Boat Festival: It’s fun, entertaining, and involves teams competing in energetic and colorful boat races. The two most high-profile races are the Stanley International Dragon Boat Championship and the Dragon Boat Carnival though there are many smaller races you can catch throughout the summer.
  • The Hong Kong Food Expo: Organized by the HKTDC Food Expo, the food expo features world-class chefs who give demonstrations and tips on cooking. Visitors can taste a huge range of dishes and meet industry experts.
  • e-Sports & Music Festival Hong Kong: Top gamers from around the world compete to be the best. The 3-day event features a number of tournaments and fans can catch a glimpse of the latest products, games, and watch the best players battle it out.