Edited by Mike Aquino.
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 encourages you to explore the outdoors, whether you’re wandering through the cityscape of Causeway Bay or strolling through one of Hong Kong’s tropical beaches.
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 for your planned November trip.
Hong Kong Weather in November
With average highs of 75 F (24 C) in the daytime and average lows of 66 F (19 C) in the evenings, Hong Kong weather in November marks the beginning of the transition into winter. There’s little humidity to speak of, and you can step outside with being drenched in sweat.
Toward the end of November, the weather cools off even more, with afternoon highs dipping below 68 F (20 C).
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, with 0.8 inches of rain. Humidity in November is a very manageable 74%.
November is the tail-end of the typhoon season in Hong Kong. Hong Kongers expect more moderate strength storms to come in at this time of the year, though 2018's Yutu was the first Type 3 typhoon to hit Hong Kong in 25 years.
While not quite as warm as October, the sea remains pleasant in November, with an average water temperature of about 75 F (24 C). This is a great month to explore Hong Kong Island's beaches.
What to Pack for a November Hong Kong Trip
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.
November Events in Hong Kong
Hong Kong holds great appeal in every month of the year, but if you visit in November, you get a bonus: three superb festivals to plan your trip around.
Wine & Dine Festival: A hotly-anticipated event in a city filled with executives obsessed with high-end food, the Wine and Dine Festival boasts over 400 food stalls from the city's best restaurants. The local passion for wine is also reflected in the extensive selection on offer.
Getting in is affordable, and so are the snacks and drinks. The Wine and Dine Festival in 2019 will be held from October 31 to November 3 at the Central Harbourfront Event Space & Tamar Park in front of Victoria Harbour.
Lan Kwai Fong Japan Carnival: This two-day Japanophilic celebration/street carnival brings out dancers, floats and plenty of Japanese food and beverages. Dates TBA; visit the official Lan Kwai Fong site to find out more.
Clockenflap: an annual music and arts festival to rival Coachella, Clockenflap is arguably Hong Kong’s biggest music event: three days of international musical acts like Chvrches, Massive Attack, Eryka Badu and David Byrne performing alongside Asian and Hong Kong favorites.
2019’s edition of the festival will be held at the Central Harbourfront Event Space from November 22 to 24. visit the official Clockenflap site for more information and tickets.