If Hong Kong is on your travel bucket list, you’ll want to know the best time of year to visit. Of course, this all depends what you’re looking for – whether it’s cooler autumnal weather for exploring, a chance to see the blooming cherry blossoms in spring or some scorching hot summer beach weather.
The good news is that this vibrant city has something to offer in every season. Let’s take a look at each in turn, including tips for the best things to do in Hong Kong in spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Spring (March to May)
Spring in Hong Kong is a symphony of beautiful blooms, as the city comes alive with vibrant colours and cultural celebrations. The weather during spring is generally mild and pleasant, making it ideal for exploring and outdoor activities.
One of the highlights of this time of year is of course the blooming of cherry blossoms and other flowers across the city’s parks and gardens. Some of the best spots to witness this annual spectacle are Victoria Park and Kowloon Park.
Another good reason why spring is one of the best times of year to visit Hong Kong is its annual Arts Festival, featuring performances from local and international artists.
Just bear in mind though that lots of other visitors will have the same idea as you – so brace yourself for crowds if you visit the city in spring.
Summer (June to August)
Both temperatures and humidity rise in Hong Kong in summer, although it can occasionally be rainy. Get the right day though and you’re looking at perfect beach weather.
Hong Kong boasts several stunning beaches, including Repulse Bay Beach and Shek O Beach. Both have soft golden sands, tranquil waters and lots of facilities, and are ideal for escaping the thrum and bright lights of the city.
Summer in Hong Kong also means yet more festivals, including the famous Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival usually held in June or July.
Autumn (September to November)
The milder, less humid weather of autumn in Hong Kong offers a much-needed respite from the summer heat. It’s the perfect weather for outdoor adventures, especially if you’re a hiking fan.
The lush trails of Dragon’s Back Trail and Lantau Peak with their gorgeous panoramic views are among the top choices for hikers during this season.
Visit Hong Kong at this time of year and you might be lucky enough to catch the Mid-Autumn Festival. This harvest festival, with a history dating back over 3,000 years to the Shang Dynasty, is marked by enchanting lantern displays and traditional mooncakes.
Winter (December to February)
Winter in Hong Kong might not be characterised by snow (temperatures are usually mild at this time of year), but it’s still a season of charm and magic. The whole of the cityscape is adorned with festive lights, making it twinkle and sparkle.