February in Hong Kong: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Hong Kong Chinese New Year
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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 most significant 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.

Hong Kong Weather in February

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.

The average temperature for Hong Kong in February is 59 F (15 C). Additionally, it's unusual for temperatures to drop below 55 F (13 C). February is also relatively dry, amassing just 1.8 inches of rain spread across five days.

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 average. If that's in the forecast, take a heavier coat or jacket. But you won't need gloves or a scarf.

February Events in Hong Kong

  • Chinese New Year is a fantastic celebration, and Hong Kong puts on arguably the best in the world. Dates can vary, but the most extensive celebration usually takes place at the beginning of February. 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 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.
    • There can be cold snaps that bring temps down into the lower 40s F (4 C). 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.