Best Time to Visit Hong Kong

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Hong Kong. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Hong Kong. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Hong Kong for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 14 °C to 31 °C
Waves Symbol 19 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.9817.52 in (4 – 19 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

On the southern coast of the People’s Republic of China is the metropolis of Hong Kong. More than 7 million people live here on an area of 690 square miles. This results in an incredible population density of 6429 inhabitants per square kilometre! In comparison: Germany has a population density of 227 inhabitants per square kilometre.

Hong Kong is divided into four regions, Kowloon, NewTerritorries, Hong Kong Island and the Outer Islands. The Kowloon Peninsula and the north of Hong Kong Island are very densely populated and represent an important residential sector. The cost of living is enormous and is among the highest in the world.

Hong Kong is located on the South China Sea and has the status of a special administrative zone, i.e. Hong Kong retains a free market economy and a high degree of internal autonomy, which is otherwise rather untypical for China. The largest of Hong Kong’s 263 islands is Lantau Island, on whose neighbouring island Chek Lap Kok is Hong Kong International Airport.

Climate in Hong Kong

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Hong Kong has a humid, subtropical climate. This manifests itself in clearly different seasons. Winters are quite dry and mild, whereas in summer it can get very hot and wet. Typical for a subtropical climate is the annual monsoon season, which brings high humidity and a lot of precipitation. Most rainfall in Hong Kong occurs in the months of April to September.

The month with the highest rainfall in Hong Kong is August with up to 17.52 in of rain.

The temperatures during this time are tropical hot with over 31 °C. However, the maximum values in January, February and March are a pleasant 22 °C. Autumn is also no longer oppressively hot from October (around 27.7 °C during the day) and continues to decline towards the end of the year. The coldest month of January reaches an average temperature of 16.4 °C.

Best Time to Visit Hong Kong: Overview

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AprilApr
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JuneJun
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JulyJul
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AugustAug
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When to go to Hong Kong?


The rainy season is dominated by regular and heavy rainfall, which can literally drop a Hong Kong trip into the water. Therefore it is not recommended in the months May to August, also the fringe months April and September are comparatively humid. The summer in Hong Kong is also very muggy-hot and is perceived by Europeans as rather unpleasant.

The best time to visit Hong Kong is between October and mid-December and the spring month of March. Temperatures are now more moderate, rainfall and humidity are moderate, making the climate perfect for exploring the city. The surrounding mountain regions of Hong Kong can be cooler all year round. January and February are also very stable, but comparatively cool.

Climate Chart Hong Kong

Climate Chart Hong Kong
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Hong Kong

In the following, you will find the climate table for Hong Kong, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature19°19°22°25°28°30°31°31°30°28°24°20°
Night Temperature14°14°17°21°24°26°27°26°26°23°19°16°
Water Temperature19°19°20°23°27°29°29°29°28°27°24°21°
Precipitation (inch)0.982.062.817.4212.9715.2814.7417.511.325.981.381.36
Rainy days61011121619181715864
Hours of Sunshine543455876666
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature is 23.4 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (29 °C)
Coldest month: January (16.4 °C)

The maximum water temperature is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all months

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all except January, February, and March

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 93.81 inch on 142 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): April, May, June, July, August, and September
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 79.24 in

You cannot expect snow in any month.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 7.5 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 5.3 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


One of the great highlights in Hong Kong is the city’s fascinating skyline, which can be admired in all its glory from the Victoria Peak viewing platform, for example. For first-time travellers to Hong Kong, a Star Ferry trip through Victoria Harbour and Kowloon Bay is recommended right at the start of their stay. The popular tour provides a good overview and gives a first impression of the metropolis.

Not only families with children love the Hong Kong Disneyland and the aquarium in Ocean Park Hong Kong. In the evening it is worth visiting the Temple Street Night Market, which offers not only souvenirs but also delicious delicacies. The Ladies’ Market also bears his name for a reason and has stands with handbags, accessories and clothing for over a kilometre.

If you seek refuge in a more relaxing environment after hours of over-stimulation, the Nan-Lian Garden in the San Po Kong district is recommended. It is a contrast to the hustle and bustle of the hectic city. Those who want to experience the “Chinese Las Vegas”, however, can reach the casino city of Macau from Hong Kong within 60 minutes by fast ferry. Besides gambling, Macau also has an interesting old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Hong Kong (Station Tsuen Wan)
few clouds     few clouds, 31.1 °C
Clouds: 20 %       Wind: 4 mph NW
Air Pressure: 1004 hPa       Humidity: 62 %
Last updated: 23rd Jul 2019, 07:44 am
The next days …
23rd Jul 201924th Jul 201925th Jul 201926th Jul 201927th Jul 201928th Jul 2019
light rain28 °C to 31 °Csky is clear28 °C to 32 °Cbroken clouds28 °C to 32 °Covercast clouds28 °C to 32 °Clight rain28 °C to 31 °Clight rain28 °C to 33 °C
28 °C to 31 °C28 °C to 32 °C28 °C to 32 °C28 °C to 32 °C28 °C to 31 °C28 °C to 33 °C
Clouds: 21 %Clouds: 2 %Clouds: 63 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 48 %Clouds: 37 %
0.03 in of rainNo PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation0.05 in of rain0.04 in of rain
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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