Alongside October, November is one of the best months to visit Hong Kong. The typhoon season is over, the weather is warm and skies blue, and most importantly of all, the humidity has finally been dialed back. Autumn is the perfect time to explore the city's great outdoors, and that doesn't have to mean wandering between busy markets and malls.
From the stretch of golden sands on Lamma Island to the hiking trails of the New Territories, Hong Kong is rich with natural landscapes to explore. The city's oppressive humidity makes walking and hiking almost impossible in the summer months, but November's beautiful weather makes exploring the cityscape of Causeway Bay and strolling a tropical beach perfect activities. While not quite as warm as October, the sea remains pleasant in November, with an average water temperature of about 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
While November is part of Hong Kong's high season, there aren't many major events during the month, which means hotel rates aren't inflated. But you should nevertheless book hotels well in advance during November.
The summer's humidity is usually gone by November, and you can step outside with being drenched in sweat. The temperature usually is warm, and highs average a pleasant 75 degrees, with the temperature falling to an average of 66 degrees at night. Toward the end of November, the weather cools off, with afternoon highs dipping below 68 degrees. And you will have little need to worry about wet days messing up your plans; there is very little rain in November in Hong Kong.
What to Pack
Packing for mild weather means jeans, khakis, capri pants, long-sleeved shirts or tops, and short-sleeved tees. Take a lightweight jacket, sweatshirt, or sweater for evenings, especially if you are planning on being there toward the end of the month. You'll want sandals for sightseeing, but restaurants will expect closed shoes, which are also recommended if you want to go hiking in Hong Kong's great green outback. If you plan on doing some traveling in the countryside outside Hong Kong, bring mosquito repellent and walking shoes.
Hong Kong holds great appeal in every month of the year, but if you visit in November, you get a bonus: two superb festivals happen annually.
- Wine & Dine Festival: In a city that's so obsessed with food it's surprising that it's taken so long to launch a dining festival. The festival boasts nearly 100 food stalls from the city's best restaurants, during this festival, which occurs in very late October or early November, depending on the year. Hong Kong's newfound passion for wine is also reflected in festival events. Run in partnership with the Bordeaux wine and dine festival, getting in is affordable, and so are the snacks and drinks. The Wine and Dine Festival is not to be missed.
- Lan Kwai Fong Carnival: This is Hong Kong's very own slice of Rio. Expect dancers, floats and plenty of beer to flow in this two-day festival.