Weather in Hong Kong in February

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Smack in the middle of what they call Hong Kong winter February can be a little chilly. But before you pack your long johns you might want to take a look at the average temperature. With averages hovering between 13 and 17 this may be Hong Kong's coldest month but it's hardly gloves and ear muff weather. While you'll need to bring a jacket the milder weather is a good chance to explore the best part of Hong Kong – the outdoors.

From the bustling shopping streets of Causeway Bay and markets of Mongkok to stretches of jungle like greenery on the Outlying Island Hong Kong is a place best seen al fresco. The humidity of Spring and Summer make this almost impossible, whereas Autumn and Winter are a fine time to stroll the outdoors.

February is usually host to Hong Kong's biggest celebrations – Chinese New Year. The date for the event moves each year based on the phases of the moon and it will either fall at the end of January or any time in February. It's some spectacle. Apart from the fantastic Chinese New Year parade you can catch a superb fireworks display, dragon dances and special horse racing days.

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  • Hong Kong in January

Average High (13C) Average Low (17C)

So it's officially cold, or at least cool. This is Hong Kong's coldest month and if you are looking for better weather try October or November when you can avoid the humidity and still enjoy the sun. If you're not desperate for the heat then January is still a good month to visit. There are blue skies and very little rain and while the temperatures won't warm you up it's still mild enough to enjoy the great outdoors.

What to Wear

  • Leave the shorts and t-shirt at home. You'll want to pack sweatshirts, trousers and a jacket or two.
  • A coat probably won't be necessary but pack one for the nights or any colder streaks anyway. You won't need gloves or a scarf.

Need to Know

  • Chinese New Year can significantly increase the costs of hotel rooms and flights. Many will be booked out months in advance.
  • Shops will be shut for at least three days of the Chinese New Year holiday and for smaller shops much longer. Apart from the festivities the city can seem quiet as families celebrate at home. If it's your first time in Hong Kong there could be better times to visit.

February Pros

  • Chinese New Year is a fantastic celebration and Hong Kong has arguably the best in the world. Expect a holiday atmosphere and lots to see and do on each of the three days.
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