Hong Kong weather
Lying within the tropics, this densely populated area in Southern China experiences warmth all year round.
Hong Kong has a humid subtropical climate typical of southern China with hot, humid summers and mild, drier winters.
Hong Kong weather averages and climate information
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When is the best time to visit Hong Kong?
From early May until late September Hong Kong experiences hot and humid weather with occasional heavy showers and monsoon rains. The heat and humidity can be very uncomfortable through the height of the summer both by day and overnight. Tropical cyclones and occasionally typhoons develop in the South China Sea, some of these affect Hong Kong with torrential rain, flooding and destructive winds. The typhoon season peaks between July and September.
October to March is generally warm and dry in Hong Kong as the monsoon retreats and high pressure becomes established over the continent. While it is largely dry, February to April can be rather cloudy with only 3-4 hours of sunshine expected per day. October and November bring more sunshine, and while there is still a chance of rain, the sweltering heat and humidity of the summer will have subsided, making these months a good time to visit. Frost is virtually unheard of in Hong Kong, but January is the coolest month on average with highs of around 18 Celsius and 5 hours of sunshine per day, it may appeal to those wishing to find a bit of winter sun.
Hong Kong Tourist Information
Set in a dramatic landscape of sea and mountains, Hong Kong consists of a group of islands and part of mainland China. Hong Kong Island itself has the main financial and commercial districts and is home to the famous skyline of skyscrapers surrounded by hills which rise around Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong has an interesting history; once part of the British Empire but now part of the Peoples' Republic of China (although governed separately) it is home to over 7 million people and is the world's 4th most densely populated area. Once a handful of small fishing communities, Hong Kong became an important trading port over the past few centuries. As well as the port, it is now one of the world's most important financial and commercial centres.
Hong Kong is a melting pot of the traditional and the super-modern. Temples and vibrant markets are juxtaposed with skyscrapers and huge infra-structure projects. The surrounding mountains are home to country parks and nature reserves with diverse flora and fauna; while gleaming suspension bridges link the groups of islands together. Traditional Chinese junks used by local fishermen sail in the same waters as super tankers and speed boats. When a modern city is built on an ancient civilisation in a dramatic landscape, the result is worth exploring.