Learn How to Make the Most of Hong Kong Weather and Events in February

Chinese New Year Dominates Month of Mild Weather

Hong Kong Chinese New Year
Hong Kong Chinese New Year. Afton Almaraz/The Image Bank/Getty Images

February, smack in the middle of what's called Hong Kong winter, 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 59 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit, this may be Hong Kong's coldest month, but it's hardly gloves and earmuff 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 the 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 both prime times to stroll the outdoors.

February is usually the month of Hong Kong's biggest celebration: Chinese New Year. The date for the event moves each year based on the phases of the moon, and it either falls at the end of January or anytime 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.

February Weather

Hong Kong residents might think February is cold, but to the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, it's pretty mild for this late-winter month. This is Hong Kong's coldest month; if you are looking for better weather try October or November when you can avoid the humidity and still enjoy the sun. In February there are blue skies and very little rain, and while temperatures mostly in the 60s won't warm you up, it's still mild enough to enjoy the great outdoors.

What to Pack

Leave the shorts and T-shirt at home. You'll want to pack sweatshirts, jeans or long pants, long-sleeved shirts or tops, a lightweight sweater for layering at night, and a jacket or two. Check the weather forecast just before you go to make sure temperatures won't dip well below normal. If that's in the forecast, take a heavier coat or jacket. But you won't need gloves or a scarf.

February Travel Tips

Chinese New Year can significantly increase the costs of hotel rooms and flights. Many will be booked months in advance. If you are planning a trip at this time of year, the smart money is on making plane and hotel reservations well in advance.

Shops will be shut for at least three days of the Chinese New Year holiday; smaller shops will likely be closed 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 you might want to avoid Chinese New Year.

February Pros

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

If Chinese New Year isn't enough for you, the Spring Lantern Festival is also well worth exploring. It's the last day of Chinese New Year and also known as Chinese Valentine's Day; expect to see thousands of graceful lanterns strung up across the city.

February Cons

There can be cold snaps that bring temps down into the lower 40s. That could put a damper on some of your plans, and if you are renting a private apartment there may not be any heating, and it might get a bit uncomfortable.

The biggest event in the calendar, Chinese New Year, sees the whole city shift into party mode. For the main three days, shops are shut and dragon dances, flower markets, and fireworks take over the streets.