Things to Do in Hong Kong in June

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Candlelight vigil in Victoria Park on the 20th anniversary in 2009 drew 150,000 people. What will the turnout be this year, which is the 30th anniversary? Photo Credit: Ryanne Tai.

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Is June a good time to visit Hong Kong? There will be a candlelight vigil, a protest march, sporting events, live theatre, Chinese opera, a travel expo, Tahitian culture, and the Dragon Boat Festival. Plus: a complete guide to Hong Kong  weather in June.

Candlelight Vigil – 4 June

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Candlelight vigil in Victoria Park on the 20th Anniversary of 4 June. Photo Credit: Ethan Kan.

A candlelight vigil will be held in Victoria Park to commemorate the 30th anniversary of  June Fourth.

The first candlelight vigil was held in 1990 on the first anniversary of the incident. It drew tens of thousands of people.

The vigil drew between 40,000 and 50,000 people each year for the first several years.

There was a surge in attendance in 1997 because many people thought it would be the last candlelight vigil. Hong Kong was to return to Chinese sovereignty in less than one month. However, the vigils have continued to be held after the Handover.

The number of attendees reached 150,000 in 2009, the event’s 20th anniversary.  The number of young people attending the vigils started to grow.  As many as 180,000 attended the vigil in 2012 and 2014. Many of them were born after the incident.

However, the number of young people attending the vigil has dropped off since the 78-day the Occupy Central movement in 2014. Most of the student unions at local universities no longer support the event. They think it lacks local relevance.

It will be interesting to see how many people show up in 2019, the 30th anniversary. Attendance tends to increase on years that are multiples of five. They especially tend to increase on multiples of 10.

Local events can encourage more people to attend the candlelight vigil. Will the controversy over the extradition issue cause a boost in attendance this year?

A forum will be held from 4 to 5.30 pm. The vigil will commence at 8 pm.

Victoria Park Soccer Pitches – Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island.

Victoria Park is a short walk from the Causeway Bay and Tin Hau MTR stations.

Women’s Golf Day – 4 June

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Hitting stations at the Hong Kong Golf and Tennis Academy in Saikung. Photo Credit: HKGTA.

The Hong Kong Golf and Tennis Academy (HKGTA) will celebrate Women’s Golf Day (WGD) with a public activity for women.

In partnership with Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf, HKGTA will host the event. It will combine golf with socializing.

The programme is designed to introduce girls and women to the game of golf. The atmosphere will be both fun and inclusive. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Women’s Golf Day in Hong Kong is part of a global  initiative to introduce and inspire more women to take up the sport. HKGTA is the only venue in Hong Kong to host such an event.

There will be two sessions. The morning session will begin at 9 am. The evening session will begin at 7 pm.

HKGTA – 81 Tai Chung Hau, Sai Kung, the New Territories.

The academy is a 15 to 20 minute taxi ride from the Choi Hung MTR Station. 

FIVB Volleyball Nations League Hong Kong – 4 to 6 June

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China Women’s Volleyball Team conducts a sharing session with the Hong Kong Junior Women’s Volleyball Team. A friendly match followed. Photo Credit: FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Volleyball teams from China, Italy, Japan, and the Netherlands will compete in Hong Kong in the third week of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL).

The  Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) holds the international competition each year.

Hong Kong Coliseum – 9 Cheong Wan Road, Hung Hom, the Kowloon Peninsula.

The coliseum is adjacent to the Hung Hom MTR station. Cross harbour tunnel buses stop near the station.

ITTF World Tour – Hong Kong Open – 4 to 9 June

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Australian duo Hu Heming and Lay Jian Fang are the champions of the 2019 ITTF Oceania Cup. Photo Credit: ITTF World Cup

More than 200 top table tennis players from around the world are expected to compete in the 2019 ITTF World Tour – Hong Kong Open.

The open is the largest professional table tennis tour in Asia. It has five events – men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. It will be held over six days.

Recognized as an “M” Mark Event this year, the tournament is expected to attract both local and overseas table tennis fans.

Queen Elizabeth Stadium – 18 Oi Kwan Road, Morrison Hill, Wanchai, Hong Kong Island.

The stadium is an eight minute walk from The Wan Chai MTR station (exit A3) along Wan Chai Road and Oi Kwan Road. It is an eight minute walk from Causeway Bay MTR station (exit A) along Matheson Street and Leighton Road.

Dali Art Exhibition – 5 to 23 June

Thirteen celebrated works by Salvador Dali will be on display at the “Rhapsody of Celebrated Spanish Master: Dalí”.

The exhibition will include limited editions of bronze sculptures and hand-signed lithographs.

Gallery by the Harbour – Shop 207, Level 2, Ocean Center, Tsim Sha Tsui, the Kowloon Peninsula.

Ocean Centre is a five minute walk from the Star Ferry Terminal along Salisbury Road and Canton Road. It is a 10 minute walk from the Tsim Sha Tsui MRT Station along Haiphong Road and Canton Road.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show – 6 to 9 June

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will stage several performances in Hong Kong.

Created by Jonathon Rockefeller,  the popular puppet show is based on four children’s books written by Eric Carle: 10 Little Rubber Ducks; The Very Lonely Firefly; Brown Bear, Brown Bear; and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The show has toured the United States as well as Australia, Britain, Canada, Dubai, and New Zealand,

Following its four-day run in Hong Kong, the popular children’s show will move north of the border. It will be staged in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and several other Chinese cities.

After China, the show will tour Japan.

Drama Theatre – The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai, Hong Kong Island.

APA is an 11 minute walk from the Wan Chai MTR Station along  Hennessy Road, Luard Road, Lockhard Road, and Fenwick Street. It is a 15 minute walk from the Admiralty MTR Station along Queens Road East and Queensway. 

Dragon Boat Festival – 7 June

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Dragon Boat Races on Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong. Photo Credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board.

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the most important holidays on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. It is an official holiday in Hong Kong.

Dragon boat races are held at several locations around Hong Kong. Click HERE for background information on the holiday and for locations and schedules.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival is held the following week.

Ginsanity Hong Kong – 8 June

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Gin cocktails will be served at Ginsanity.

Ginsanity will give gin enthusiasts a chance to try more than 30 different kinds of craft gin.

If you find something that you like, there will be an on-site bottle shop, where you can purchase bottles to take home.

If your purchase is too big to lug home, not to worry! Deliveries to your office or home can be arranged.

You are encouraged to bring your own glass to sample gin. Otherwise, you can purchase a reusable aluminum souvenir tumbler at the entrance. The cost will be HK$20.

Curated food will also be available.  There is no charge to enter the event.

PMQ – 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong Island.

PMQ is a 10 minute walk from the Central MTR Station (exit E) along Des Voeux Road Central and Jubilee Street.

Pinocchio – 8 to 9 June

Performing arts students at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts will put on a charming rendition of Pinocchio.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre – The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai, Hong Kong Island.

APA is an 11 minute walk from the Wan Chai MTR Station along  Hennessy Road, Luard Road, Lockhard Road, and Fenwick Street. It is a 15 minute walk from the Admiralty MTR Station along Queens Road East and Queensway. 

Extradition Protest – 9 June

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Demonstrators take to the streets in Hong Kong protesting proposed amendments to the extradition law.  Photo Credit: Wpcpey.

The Civil Rights Front plans a protest on 9 June to protest against proposed  extradition law amendments to the Basic Law.

Protests have already been held on Hong Kong Island. Organizers are hoping for a turnout of 300,000 on 9 June.

The march will begin in at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and proceed through Wanchai to the government headquarters in Admiralty on Hong Kong Island.

Marchers will depart at 3 pm.

Anti-Extradition Protest – 12 June

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Protesters marching against a controversial extradition bill on Hennessy Road on Hong Kong Island. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Opponents of a controversial extradition bill are planning a mass protest at government headquarters in Admiralty on 12 June. Some protesters, however, will arrive at the protest site at 10 pm the night before the protest.

The protest follows hot on the heals of a massive march opposing the bill, which was held on 9 June. According to organizers, more than one million people took part in the march.

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Labour unions marched in a massive protest on 9 June 2019.

Support for the demonstration on 12 June is growing with as many as 2,000 businesses saying they will either remain closed or permit flexible hours to allow employees to attend the protest.

Included are mostly small retailers such as bookstores cafes, coffee houses, florists, grocery stores, publishers, restaurants, tutorial schools, small hotels, travel agencies, publishers, interior design and IT shops, opticians, and dental and medical clinics.

In addition, some multinational firms with regional offices in Hong Kong are giving their employees the option of working from home or at offices away from the protest site.

Students at middle schools across Hong Kong will hold alternative classrooms and workshops outside government headquarters. They will also organize clean-up  teams during the strike.

Student unions at all of Hong Kong’s tertiary institutions are also planning to attend the event.

As many as 4,000 teachers have said they attend to take part in the protest. More than 2,000 caregivers, counselors, and therapists working in social welfare sector will take part in the protest.

Several churches, meanwhile, will hold meetings to pray for Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions has urged its 190,000 members to take the day offer.

The protest has even spread to the transport sector.

More than 1,700 employees working in Hong Kong’s aviation industry have signed an online petition to demand its union initiate a strike to oppose the bill.

And a union associated with the New World First Bus Company has called on its members to drive at the speed of 20 to 25 kmh (12 to15 mph) to show their opposition to the proposed law.

The police have announced plans to deploy 5,000 officers to the protest site the night before the second reading of the bill.

Some protesters will hold picnics at Tamar Park, which adjoins government headquarters.

Admiralty MTR Station is the closest metro station to the site. Expect crowded conditions on trains and buses and at MTR stations.

International Travel Expo Hong Kong – 13 to 16 June

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Sri Lankan Airlines booth at 2018 ITE. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

The International Travel Expo (ITE) will offer great inspiration for industry insiders and leisure travelers.

There will be 680 exhibitors from 56 countries and regions. A total of 85% of the exhibitors will be from abroad

ITE Hong Kong is the territory’s only travel fair. The first two days (13 and 14 June) are only open to trade and professionals. Registration is required. The final two days (15 and 16 June) are open to public.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – One Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong Island.

HKCEC is a 10 minute walk from the Wan Chai MTR Station by way of an elevated covered walkway. It is also a 10 minute walk from the Wanchai Pier. 

10th Annual Chinese Opera Festival – 13 June to 18 August

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Designed by Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects) and Ronald Lu & Partners, Xiqu Centre was inspired by traditional Chinese lanterns and blends traditional and contemporary elements to reflect the evolving nature of the art form.

The 10th annual Chinese Opera Festival will be held at Xiqu Centre in The West Kowloon Cultural District. The China National Peking Opera Company,  the Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company, and other opera companies will perform during the festival

There will also be a concert featuring indigenous musical art forms of Guangdong province. A new play entitled A Love Poem Stained with Blood will also be staged.

Lectures, film screenings, meet-the-artists sessions, and exhibitions will round out the festival. Xiqu Centre opened earlier this year.

Xiqu Centre – 88 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, West Kowloon Cultural District, the Kowloon Peninsula.

The centre is a 15 minute walk from the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station along Haiphong Road, Lock Road, Kowloon Park Drive, Canton Road, and Austin Road West.

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival – 14 to 16 June

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Entrance to the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. Photo Credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board. 

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival, which is held on the weekend following the Dragon Festival, has been cancelled owing to unrest in Hong Kong over a controversial extradition bill.

One million people took to the streets on 9 June to oppose the bill. And violence broke out on 12 June when police attacked demonstrators that had surrounded government headquarters.

The event usually attracts thousands of the world’s top dragon boat athletes from around the world.

Winter Games Exhibition – 14 June to 18 October

Featuring 20 groups of engaging exhibits, the Winter Games Exhibition introduces various winter sports. Included are  ski jumping, ice hockey, slalom and curling, as well as their unique culture.

The exhibition also allows visitors to try different  action-packed winter sports in a museum setting.

Special Exhibition Hall – Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon Peninsula.

The museum is a 15 minute walk from the Hung Hom MTR Station. It is a 15 to 20 minute walk from the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station via Granville Road and Chatham Road South, Cameron Road and Chatham Road South, or Kimberly Road.

Titanic The Musical – 14 to 16 June

Face Productions will put on a live production of  Titanic, a musical romance about a poor boiler room boy and an upper class attendant on the ill-fated ship.

Drama Theatre – The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai, Hong Kong Island.

APA is an 11 minute walk from the Wan Chai MTR Station along  Hennessy Road, Luard Road, Lockhard Road, and Fenwick Street. It is a 15 minute walk from the Admiralty MTR Station along Queens Road East and Queensway. 

Father’s Day Weekend – 15 to 16 June

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Father’s Day Brunch with Dad at Harbourside, a buffet restaurant overlooking Victoria Harbour at the InterContinental Hong Kong on the Kowloon Peninsula.

Many restaurants in Hong Kong will offer special menus on Father’s Day Weekend in Hong Kong.

All of the food and beverage outlets at the InterContinental Hong Kong, for example, have special menus planned for both Saturday and Sunday.

Included are set lunches, semi-buffet lunches, dinner buffets, and a champagne brunch.

InterContinental Hong Kong – 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Peninsula.

Tahitian Week – 21 to 24 June

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Le French May is holding its first ever Tahitian Week this year. The festival will highlight the South Pacific island’s exotic culture.

A Tahitian Village will be set up at PMQ. Entertainment will include Tahitian dance, ukulele performances, fashion shows – the list goes on.

Some of Tahiti’s products will also be put on display. Included will be pearls, vanilla, noni juice, cuisine, cocktails, garments, and crafts.

PMQ – 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong Island.

PMQ is a 10 minute walk from the Central MTR Station (exit E) along Des Voeux Road Central and Jubilee Street.

Candlelight Tribute – 22 June

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Mourners leave messages on the sidewalk of Pacific Place. Photo Credit: Bored Panda.

Mourners have been encouraged to bring candles, flowers, and other tributes to the sidewalk in front of Pacific Place at 7 pm on Saturday to memorialize Leung Ling-kit.

The 35-year-old martyr tragically fell to his death after hanging a banner protesting the extradition bill one week earlier on 15 June.

The banner read, “Entirely withdraw China extradition Bill. We were not rioting. Release students and the injured.”

You can purchase flowers at the Mongkok Flower Market. The flower market is located at Flower Market Road, Prince Edward, Kowloon. It is located within walking distance of the Prince Edward MTR Station (Exit B1) and the Mong Kong East MTR Station (Exit C).

Pacific Place – 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong Island.

The mall is across the street from the Admiralty MTR station.

SummerFest – 26 June to 1 September

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Summerfest will be held at the at the Central Harbourfront overlooking Victoria Harbour.

The Central Harbourfront will be transformed into a mega stage for a series of events throughout the summer.

SummerFest 2019 will feature more than 30 large scale running from technology to sports to yoga.

There will be four themes, including Smart City, Arts and Culture, Sports and Fitness, and Carnival. In addition, Sound Color Stone will be held daily until 30 August.

Best of all, admission will be free!

Central Harbourfront Event Space – 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong Island.

CHES is a short walk from the Star Ferry and Outlying Ferry Piers in Central. It is also within walking distance of the Admiralty, Central, and Hong Kong MTR stations.

Toy Story and Pixar Pals Summer Splash – 26 June to 1 September

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Toy soldiers splashing visitors during Summer Splash Street Party. Photo Credit: Hong Kong Disneyland.

Hong Kong Disneyland presents Toy Story and Pixar Pals Summer Splash for the hot fun in the summertime.

The launch of the festive street party coincides with the release of Toy Story 4. There are floats, performances, and a all-new cast of characters never before seen at the park.

Hong Kong Disneyland – Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

The park is within walking distance of Hong Kong Disneyland Park MTR Station. Transfer Tsing Yi and Sunny Bay MTR stations.

Lan Kwai Fong Beer & Music Fest – 29 to 30 June

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Lan Kwai Fong is Hong Kong’s premier food and beverage district. Photo Credit: Wishds.

More than 100 beers from Hong Kong and around the world will be on tap at the 16th annual Lan Kwai Fong Beer & Music Fest, the summer’s biggest street party.

There will be street eats, interactive games, and 20-plus bands.

From 1 pm until “late”.

Lan Kwai Fong – D’Agulliar Street and Wo On Lane, Central, Hong Kong Island.

Lan Kwai Fong is located in the heart of Central. It is within walking distance of the Central MTR Station (Exit D).

Toy Story Four – 29 June to 4 August

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Toy Story characters against the backdrop of the Hong Kong skyline.

Disney and Pixar will jump off the big screen to the shores of Victoria Harbour at Harbour City, where a fun-filled carnival will be held.

In addition to games and challenges, life-size characters will roam the mall.

Expect Woody and the gang — Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Slinky Dog, Rex, as well as Bo Peep, Forky, Duke Caboom, Gabby Gabby, and Ducky & Bunny.

The movie will be released in Hong Kong on 11 July.

Harbour City – Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Peninsula.

The mall is a short walk from the Star Ferry Terminal, the Tsim Sha Tsui Bus Terminal, and the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station.

Hong Kong Weather in June

Hong Kong weather in June is hot, humid, and mostly cloudy. June is the third wettest month of the year, with an average of 237 millimeters of rain.

There is a roughly two-thirds chance of rain on any given day in June. Rain falls on an average of 19 days during the month.

June is the third hottest month of the year in Hong Kong. There is an average high temperature 30 degrees Centigrade, or 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

The average low temperature averages 26 degrees, or 76 degrees Fahrenheit. It is not uncommon, however, for the temperature to climb into the low to mid 30s in June.

The average relative humidity in June is 86%, making it very uncomfortable.

With the likelihood of rain, packing an umbrella is a good idea. You might, however, want to leave your raincoat at home. High humidity levels can make wearing a raincoat insufferable. Instead, opt for light, loose-fitting clothing.

Keep in mind that air-conditioning is ubiquitous in Hong Kong. Indoor temperatures can be quite chilly – especially on trains and buses. So sweaters or pullovers are often needed even on the hottest days.

The typhoon season begins in May. However, the chance of a typhoon impacting Hong Kong in June remains relatively low.

Direct hits are rare. They happen an average once every 10 years. The course of typhoons, however, is highly unpredictable.

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Things to Do in Hong Kong is a monthly feature in the Accidental Travel Writer.

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