Wet? Hot? How about both? July in Hong Kong sees plenty of rain and plenty more humidity (not to mention the pickup of typhoon season), but that's never stopped Hong Kong locals from celebrating a few key festivals during this time.
Visiting in July? Hong Kong has plenty going on (mostly indoors) to keep you occupied.
What's July Weather Like in Hong Kong?
Expect humidity and temperature at their worst during July in Hong Kong, with regular monsoon downfalls. Typhoons in Hong Kong are occasionally seen in July, bringing high winds and plenty of rain.
Due to the summer break taking place around this time, the crowds around Hong Kong may actually be larger than through the rest of the year. Temperature forecasts for this time of the month are as follows: Average High of 90°F (32°C); Average Low of 81°F (27°C).
What to Wear & Bring in July
Pack your bags with light clothing and rain protection gear to prepare for Hong Kong in July, where both sun and rain will be out in force.
An umbrella serves double duty in Hong Kong. It can be used both for the frequent downpours, but also to deflect the intense sun – locals use umbrellas even in sunny weather for this purpose. If outdoors for more than twenty minutes, consider sun lotion, a cap or other sun protection measures, the Hong Kong sun is mercifully direct.
A light sweater is useful, as many areas in Hong Kong are air-conditioned; the refrigerator-like air in such places will require added protection.
Finally, light cotton T-Shirts are useful in the soup-like humidity, allowing your body to breathe. (You can just buy a few in one of the many stores around Hong Kong if you come up short.)
Other essentials: First-time visitors should be wary of the humidity, which will leave you soaked in sweat after ten minutes of walking. Be sure to take on plenty of liquids to battle against dehydration. And, if traveling to the countryside, bring mosquito repellent to keep the bugs away.
What to Do and See in July
The sea in July on average reaches a very pleasant 27°C and the ideal time to visit Hong Kong's beaches. Ocean Park Hong Kong also stages an annual Summer Splash through July and August, offering a beach experience to all paying customers within the park grounds. For more information, visit the official site.
Beyond the sand and sea and closer to the city center, though, Hong Kong's events calendar also gives July visitors plenty to do.
July 1 is Hong Kong's official foundation day, HK SAR Day: a public holiday with patriotic events like cultural performances, parades, and flag-raising ceremonies.
Visitors arriving in July will find themselves right in the middle of Hong Kong's Chinese Opera Festival, which runs from June to August. Local enthusiasts of Chinese Cantonese opera stage daily performances in publicly-accessible areas like the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, the Hong Kong City Hall, and the Space Museum. For more details, visit the official website.
The International Arts Carnival also takes place through Hong Kong's summer months, serving up puppetry, dance, magic, theater and more for the junior set. Visit the official site for more information.
One of Hong Kong's biggest outdoor parties also takes place during this time: the Lan Kwai Fong Beer And Music Fest showcases the world's best beers along the streets of Lan Kwai Fong, with over 60 booths serving up the bubbly. Visit the official site for more information.
Finally, the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair aggregates over 600 exhibitors from all over the world, catering to book lovers looking for rare and new volumes, and some out-of-this-world bargains. The 2018 Book Fair takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from July 18 to 24. Visit the official site for more information.