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Hong Kong is best known for being a financial hub, but it is also a hidden cultural gem that is just waiting to be explored. This bustling metropolis offers world-renowned restaurants, along with age-old shrines and temples. Hong Kong is a vibrant mix of eastern and western cultures, and you will definitely need to plan your visit to make the most out of it. The first step towards planning: finding out when to visit Hong Kong. The weather in Hong Kong can get rather moody, so you should definitely do your research before booking your flights and accommodation!
- High Season: October - December
- Low Season: June - September
- All Seasons: October - December (Fall), January - February (winter), March - May (spring), June - September (summer)
- The best time to visit Hong Kong is between October and December, when the weather is mild, and the skies are clear and sunny.
- January to February is also a good time to visit. Winters in Hong Kong are rather pleasant, with the weather ranging between 70 – 78° F / 21 – 26° C.
The weather in Hong Kong can get rather moody- so you have to consider when to visit Hong Kong quite carefully. Broadly, between October and March, the weather is pleasant and dry. But, March onward, it can get incredibly hot and humid.
The best time to visit Hong Kong is between October and December, when the weather is incredibly pleasant, and there is little to no rain. Post-monsoon, the place looks clean and lush as well. This is also peak tourist season, so you will definitely have to face the crowds.
The second best time to visit Hong Kong is between January and February. These are the coldest months in Hong Kong, but the weather is quite good- you will just need a light jacket. The tourist season slightly dies down post New Years, so you won’t have to worry about excessive crowds either.
October to December — Fall Season / High Season
Mild temperatures, blue skies and sunny days will welcome you to Hong Kong between the months of October and December. Having survived a hot and humid summer, and maybe even a typhoon, the city starts picking up its pace. It will be cooler, and the scenery will also be greener. Almost all tourist places will be open and accessible for your enjoyment as well.
- Avg. Temperature: 57 – 82° F / 14 – 28° C
- Rainfall: 21 – 41 mm
- Season: Fall
- Highlights: This is the peak holiday season, but most of the crowds only arrive during Christmas and New Year time. The city has some world-renowned New Year parties, so you should definitely reserve your tables well in advance. Since there is no cloud cover, this is the best time for you to hop on Star Ferries to observe the legendary skyline, or take the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak, the highest point of the island! Dragon’s Back trail is another winning trail for those who want panoramic views of Hong Kong, along with a trail that leads through stunning bamboo groves.
January to February — Winter Season / Good Season
This is when to visit Hong Kong if you want the greatest cultural experience - the Chinese New Year! This is supposed to be winter - but the tropical climate ensures that it never gets too cold. All you’ll need is a jacket. Around February, the island will start to get a little foggy, so you might not get the best views if you’re in Hong Kong for trekking.
- Avg. Temperature: 55 – 68° F / 13 – 20° C
- Rainfall: 21 – 33 mm
- Season: Winter
- Highlights: The Chinese New Year falls in January, or February, and the city celebrates with pomp and splendor. Expect fireworks, amazing parties, and parades all over the city - but head to the bay for the best views. You can also head out to Lantau, or Lamma Island, where you can enjoy the local culture and the warm sea waters before the rainy season begins! You can also enjoy great prices on accommodation from mid-January to February. The Hong Kong Arts festival starts in February, so you can explore some of the world’s best and most innovative art performances!
March to May — Spring / Low Season
March to May is not the best time to visit Hong Kong, but it is definitely possible for you to enjoy the city during these months as well. The temperatures soar, and there will be a lot of fog cover, so you might not be able to go for a trek. Rainfall also starts intensifying towards May, so if you want to visit the outlying islands, do so in the beginning of the season.
- Avg. Temperature: 63 – 84° F / 17 – 29° C
- Rainfall: 45 – 158 mm
- Season: Spring
- Highlights: You can still get the most out of Hong Kong’s bustling city life during this period. The restaurants will be more accessible, since the crowds would be really low. There are a number of unique festivals happening in the island during these months - including the Hong Kong Arts Festival (Feb – March) and Hong Kong International Film Festival (March – April). Who knows, you might end up spotting some famous faces down here!
June to September — Monsoon / Low Season
Avoid visiting Hong Kong during the summer months. The weather in Hong Kong becomes rather hot and humid, and there is a lot of rainfall during this period. September is the typhoon season, so keep an eye on the storm warnings before trying to visit the island during this period. The low season offers incredible discounts on travel and accommodation, but be careful while planning your activities!
- Avg. Temperature: 79 – 88° F / 26 – 31° C
- Rainfall: 237 – 281 mm
- Season: Monsoon
- Highlights: If you’re visiting Hong Kong for its nightlife, or the great shopping opportunities, this is a good time to visit. High-end malls, and local markets around Kowloon (like the Jade Market or Temple Street Night Market) will definitely make your wallet a little lighter, but you will have trinkets you will cherish for the rest of your life! The ancient Dragon Boat festival happens in June. There will be boat races and amazing parties thrown around the harbor. It’s a great cultural experience, and you should definitely not miss out on it!