Hong Kong attracts visitors with its year-round warm weather. However, rain storms and high prices may dissuade some tourists.
The most popular time to go is during national holiday times in January, May, and October, when people come from all over to celebrate festivals, causing an increase in visitors and rates. Summers are hot and humid, and while hotel prices drop, airfare prices are still fairly high. During winter, the weather is cool and dry, and there are discounts on lodging and airfare.
- high season: October to November, late January to February, April to May
- low season: December to mid-January, June to August
- shoulder season: March, September
With a subtropical climate, Hong Kong experiences wet (spring and summer) and dry (fall and winter) seasons. Fall brings pleasant conditions, with average highs of 87, while winter sees cooler temperatures, dropping to an average high of 76 degrees. Spring temperatures average 85 degrees, while summer reaches highs of 92 degrees with high humidity. Typhoon season begins in the summer and can last until early fall.
Hong Kong gets very busy during its two major festivals, Chinese New Year (falling in late January to mid-February) and Golden Weeks in May and October. Chinese New Year is a major holiday for the city and many people come to celebrate. The Golden Weeks attract mostly local travelers, and hotels are usually around 80 percent full.
Most hotels, shops, and attractions remain open throughout the year. However, many establishments close for Chinese New Year and the following two days, as many families take time off to celebrate together.
When to Save
The most expensive time to visit is during the Chinese New Year and Golden Weeks. Visitors can save money from late November through January, especially during the Hong Kong WinterFest when many shopping and dining promotions are available.
Information provided by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.