Are you planning a trip to Hong Kong and are wondering what time of the year is ideal for your visit? While the “Pearl of the Orient” rarely loses its charm through all twelve months, certain months are better than others depending on what occasion you’re aiming for. Today, we break down this schedule to bring you some insight on when, where and why to visit certain locations within the ultramodern city that has become the pinnacle of success in Asia.
1) Shopping enthusiasts should visit between July and early September
You can shop in Hong Kong pretty much anytime but during this month, shops are offering great discounts in a bid to cash in on the customers trickling in from the city’s beaches. If you’re looking to experience big fashion label launches, on the other hand, then prioritize the time between winter and autumn. This period is usually quite busy in this regard.
Prior to the Chinese New Year in the immediate aftermath of Christmas is also another excellent window for good sales. For the night owl shopper, Temple Street is the place to be no matter when you visit. It is the largest night market in Hong Kong and never closes save for the first day of the Chinese New Year. It’s normally best explored after 7 pm.
2) Visit Hong Kong Disneyland between November and April
The traffic around the city’s Disneyland is manageable during this period at a time when the weather is also comfortably warm and dry. Plan your visit outside of major holidays and weekends if you’d really like to avoid the long lines.
Once through with Disneyland, you are sure to be exhausted from the exhilarating rides and a sensual Hong Kong massage is certain to help with those sore muscles. Be sure to spare time for one because it’s extremely relaxing and has been shown to possess various physiological benefits including improved blood circulation.
3) For Victoria Peak, summer months are preferable
Victoria Peak offers a front-row seat to take in scintillating views of the city’s spectacular skyscape. The view doesn’t get any better than during summer when occasional downpours clear up the normally foggy air to give you unencumbered views of the beautiful architecture below.
To beat the crowds who prefer to visit right before sunset on a clear day, visit Victoria Peak in the early morning of a weekday. It is also a joy after dark as you get to see awesome scenery made up of alluring lights in the distance.
4) Go early in the year for the best festivals
The Chinese New Year celebrations are the height of ecstasy in the city making the period from late January to late February perfect for staunch party lovers. Sure you’ll have to contend with hordes of humanity for a share of the festivities but isn’t that the whole point of a celebration?
Beyond the CNY, other fun-to-attend occasions include the Dragon Boat Festival which serves up curious boat designs to experience along Shing Mun River. That even takes place somewhere between May and early June.
Nonetheless, Hong Kong is always appealing all throughout the year so you are sure to love the charming city regardless of when you visit.