Things to Do in Hong Kong in August

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Bruce Lee striking a classic pose in one of his classic kung fu films.

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August in Hong Kong: a good time to visit? There will be festivals, concerts, and an international film festival. However, the weather can be hot, humid, and rainy. And be forewarned that demonstrations and marches are likely, sometimes ending in violence.

A chronological listing of August in Hong Kong events follows. Included is information on protests.

Anti-Extradition Protests

Generally speaking, protest marches have been overwhelmingly peaceful. However, violence has often occurred at the end of marches, with battles  between a relatively small number of protesters and the police.

There has even been violence at a shopping mall and an MTR station, both in the New Territories. Scores of people – both demonstrators and police – were injured.

Protesters have even disrupted MTR service on at least two occasions by standing in doors and pressing emergency call buttons.

Additional information, listings, and pictures will be added as they become available.

Civil Servants Gathering – 2 August

Civil servants will hold an anti-extradition rally from 7 pm to 9 pm at a park on the outskirts of Hong Kong Central Business District.

Police has issued a letter o\f no objection.

Chater Garden – Central.

The park is close to the Central MTR Station.

A Sea of Smiling Ducks – 2 to 4 August

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Hong Kong Dance Company performing A Sea of Smiling Ducks. Photo Credit: Hong Kong Dance Company.

The Hong Kong Dance Company will put on A Sea of Smiling Ducks. According to the script, LT Duck embarks on an exciting adventure across sea and land, facing hardships, making friends, and encountering fearsome creatures.

Written by playwright Wang Haoran, the family friendly dance performance was choreographed by Yang Yuntwo and Xie Yin.

Sha Tin Town Hall – Auditorium, 1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, New Territoriers.

The town hall is a 10-minute walk through the New Town Plaza shopping mall fromthe Sha Tin MTR Station (exit A) on  the East Rail Line.

Fragrance of Chrysanthemums and Orchids – 2 to 4 August

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Writing the Petition from The Daughter of the Horse Trader. Tang Yuen-ha (left) and Cai Zhengren (right). Photo Credit:Jinkun Theatre.

The Jingkun Theatre and the Shandong Peking Opera Theatre will present a brilliant new interpretation of two of China’s most respective operatic traditions: Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera.

Xiqu Centre – Teahouse Theatre, 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.

McDull, my very very very best – 2 to 4 August

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McDull with a cake roll in the dressing. Photo Credit: Hong Kong Sinfionetta.

Hong Kong Sinfionetta presents McDull – my very very very best, a musical classic based on McDull and his friends from the popular 2015 movie.

Conducted by Yip Wing-sie, the musical performance will feature Collen Lee on the piano.

Hong Kong City Hall –  Concert Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong Island.

The venue is a short walk from the Central MTR Station (exits K and J).

The World of studio Ghibli’s Animation – 3 August to 3 November

The wait for  a large-scale Ghibli event in Hong Kong is over! The World of Studio Ghibli’s Animation will re-creat iconic scenes from the cinematic masterpieces of Dir. Isao Takahata and Dir. Hayao Miyazaki.

Included will be 3D intallations and murals of ‘My Neighbour Totoro’, ‘Castle in the Sky’, ‘Spirited Away’, ‘Porco Rosso’, ‘Princess Mononoke’, and more. Selected iconic scenes will be re-created in the exhibition!

Portal 6311 – 18 Sheung Yuet Road, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon Peninsula.love

The venue is a 10-minute walk from the Kowloon Bay MTR Station (exit A).

Anti Extradition Bill March- 3 August 

An anti-extradition bill rally will be held in Mongkok. It will get underway at  2 pm.

The police turned down a march through the heart of Mongkok, saying it would disrupt traffic. A compromise was reached, allowing protesters to march along a less congested section of the district.

Anchor Street Playground in Mongkok to  Cherry Street in Tai Kok Tsui – on the Kowloon Peninsula.

Anti-Extradition Bill Protests – 4 August

An anti-extradition bill protests are planned in Tseng Kwan O in the New Territories and Kennedy Town on Hong Kong Island.

Both marches have received no objection letters from the police.

Po Tsui Park to the Hong Kong Velodrome – Tseng Kwan O in the New Territories.

Forbes Street to Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park – Kennedy Town on Hong Kong Island.

General Strike – 5 August

Netizens are for a territory-wide general strike on Monday.

So far, 95 unions affiliated with the Confederation of Trade Unions have endorsed the protest.

Included are unions representing  the transport sector, tertiary institutions, property management,and groups representing security guards.

The Anti-Extradition Bill Social Welfare Alliance said 33 organizations will close down temporarily, while 39 others will only provide limited services.

Protests are also planned on both sides of Victoria Harbour.

Quat, Hong Kong Comics Touring Exhibition – 7 August to 3 September

Hong Kong Arts Centre and Comix Home Base will present Quat, Hong Kong Comics Touring Exhibitiona display of dramatic comics by five local comic artists: Samson Chu, Dolly Lee, Siu-fung Mak, Kin-leung Lee, and Yanai, as well as two local comic professionals, Henry Pang and zbfghk.

There will be talks, workshops, and live drawing demonstrations. Overseas comic artists will exchange thoughts with the public and local talents.

Hong Kong Arts Centre – Comix Home Base, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

The centre is a 15 minute walk from the Wan Chai MTR Station (exit C0 and the Admiralty MTR Station (exit  E2). It is also a 15 minute walk from the Wan Chai Star Ferry Pier, with frequent ferries to Tsim Sha Shui on the Kowloon Peninsula.

Seven Sisters Festival – 7 August

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Lovers Rock in Wanchai. Photo Credit: Ah Leong.

Sometimes called Chinese Valentines Day, the Seven Sisters Festival is celebrated with needlework competitions, the burning of incense, and the making of offerings to the lovesick goddess weaver and her cowherd beau.

One of the most popular sites to make offerings in Hong Kong is Lovers Rock, a phallic-shaped rock in the city’s Wanchai district.

The festival takes place on the seventh day of the seventh month on the Lunar Calendar. It falls on 7 August in 2019.

Lover’s Rock – Bowen Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island.

The rock can be reached from the Wan Chai MTR Station (exit A3). Walk along Tai Yuen Street, take bus 15 at Queen’s Road East, and get off at Hong Kong Adventist Hospital. Then walk along Bowen Road for around 30 minutes.

Dragon Ball Docks– 8 August to 1 September

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Dragonball action statues. Photo Credit: Dragonball. 

Dragon Ball Docks will make a stop in Hong Kong as part of its world tour for the first time this year.

The event will feature numerous giant statues with three themed interactive zones: Make a Wish, Kamehameha Training, and Ride on Kintoun for fans to experience the world of Saiyan!

Hong Kong Times Square – 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island

The shopping mall has direct access to the Causeway Bay MTR Station.

Wah Opera Summer Camp – 10 to 11 August

Singers between the ages of five and 18 will undergo three weeks of intensive vocal training provided at a summer camp organized by Opera Hong Kong.

Following their intensive training, participants will perform an updated version of the popular 1962 Broadway musical, The Music Man.

The Music Man, Jr., will be produced by Warren Mok and directed by Oliver Lo. Felix Suen is the music director. It will be performed in English with English and Chinese subtitles.

Hong Kong Arts Centre – Shousan Theatre – 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

The centre is a 15 minute walk from the Wan Chai MTR Station (exit C0 and the Admiralty MTR Station (exit  E2). It is also a 15 minute walk from the Wan Chai Star Ferry Pier, with frequent ferries to Tsim Sha Shui on the Kowloon Peninsula.

Summer International Film Festival – 13 to 27 August

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Sorry We Missed You will be the closing film at the Summer International Film Festival.

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society will present more than 30 titles at the Summer International Film Festival.

Included will be popular Asian flicks, restored classics, and award-winning titles from world-class film festivals.

Screenings will be held at various venues on Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, and the New Territories.

Hungry Ghost Festival – 15 August

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The Hungry Ghost Festival in Hong Kong. Photo Credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board.

According to tradition, ghosts return to earth during Ghost Month in search of food to eat and people to annoy.

To appease these hungry ghosts, Chinese families make offerings of food. Hungry Ghost festinvals and Cantonese opera performances are held at various venues across Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, and the New Territories.

You will also see many people making offerings of food and burning incense at roadside shrines across the territory.

The Hungry Ghost Festivals falls on the 15th day of the seventh month of the Lunar Calendar. It falls on 15 August in 2019.

Updated: 15 August

At around 10 pm on 134 August, the night before the Hungry Ghosts Festival, some people started to burn paper offerings in a ritual related to the festival outside Sheung Shui Police Married Quarters on Po Wing Road in Sheung Shui in the Northern New Territories, Dim Sum Daily reports.

Within minutes,  30 riot police had surrounded the celebrants. They checked their identities and let them go.

A crowd started to gather and began chanting ‘black police’ .

At around 11 pm, the group starting to walk towards the Bus Terminus near Ching Ho Estate to continue their ritual.

They were ambushed by men dressed in white, reminiscent of the white-shirted attackers that assaulted subway passengers in another New Territories town a few weeks earlier.

A physical brawl ensured. Bystanders witnessing the incident called the police.

Three people were injured, suffering eye, ear, and/or nose injuries. No arrests have been made so far.

HKTDC Food Expo – 15 August to 19 August

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The HKDTC Food Fair. Photo Credit: Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Hong Kong Trade development Council will present the 30th edition of Food Expo, which will feature more than 1,560 exhibitors promoting food and beverage offering from around the world.

Exhibitors will introduce new business opportunities to the trade. What’s more, the general public will get the chance to try the newest taste sensations from around the world.

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 Star Ferry Pier, with frequent ferries to Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon Peninsula.

The International Tea Fair – 15 to 17 August

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Tea will be in the spotlight at the Hong Kong International Tea Fair. Photo Credit: Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

The Hong Kong International Tea Fair is targeted at the trade, but the general public is invited to attend on 17 August, the final day of the fair.

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 Star Ferry Pier, with frequent ferries to Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon Peninsula.

Dance of Strings – 16 to 18 August

Hong Kong Dance Company will present Dance of Strings, a unique fusion of dance and string music, which will give new life to familiar Chinese folk songs by breaking through the original lyrics and imagery.

The performance will shed light on the hybrid cultural identities of Hong Kong, a city of convergence and transformation.

The programme was arranged by Yang Yuntao, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Dance Company, Yao Jue, internationally renowned violinist, and Fung Lam, elite Asian composer.

Hong Kong Cultural Centre – Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Peninsula.

The cultural centre is a few steps from the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Terminal and a short walk from the Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui East MTR stations.

Odyssey of Little Dragon – 16 to 18 August

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Bruce Lee striking a classic pose in one of his kung fu classic films.

City Contemporary Dance Company Assistant Artistic Director Dominic Wong joins hands with composer Yin Ng to create an spell-binding show celebrating the legendary life of move icon Bruce Lee.

The show is called Little Dragon, which is a literal translation of the kung fu superstar’s Chinese given name.

Sha Tin Town Hall – Auditorium, 1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, New Territories.

The town hall is a 10-minute walk through the New Town Plaza shopping mall from the Sha Tin MTR Station (exit A) on the East Rail Line.

Wenzhou Opera Research Institute – 16 to 18 August

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The Legend of the White Snake. Photo Credit: Wenzhou Opera Research Institute.

The Wenzhou Opera Research Institute will present three full-length operatic productions: The Legend of the White Snake, Killing a Dog to Admonish Her Husband and Gao Ji and Wu Sanchun.

Ko Shan Theatre New Wing – Auditorium, 77 Ko Shan Road, Hung Hom, Kowloon Peninsula.

The theatre is an eight-minute walk from the Ho Man Tin MTR Station (exit A2) on the MTR’s Kwun Tong Line.

Peter Pan – 16 to 18 & 23 to 25 August

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Children performing Peter Pan. Photo Credit: Hong Kong Ballet.

The Hong Kong Ballet will stage the Asian premiere of Artistic Director Septime Webre’s version of Peter Pan, a high-flying adventure in Neverland.

This new take on an old classic will transport you to an island of cheeky pirates, Indian princesses, and naughty boys that don’t want to grow up.

With vibrant choreography that combines classical ballet, clever slapstick, and a touch of hip hop, the play is set to an original score performed live by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

There will be performances at two venues: Tsim Sha Tsui and Sha Tin.

Hong Kong Cultural Centre – Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Peninsula.

The cultural centre is a few steps from the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Terminal and a short walk from the Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui East MTR stations.

Sha Tin Town Hall – Auditorium, Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, New Territories.

The town hall is a 10-minute walk through the New Town Plaza shopping mall from the Sha Tin MTR Station (exit A) on the East Rail Line.

Rashomon – 16 to 25 August

The Chung Ying Theatre Company will present a thrilling murder mystery based on Rashomon,  a work by Japanese playwright Ryūnosuke Akutagawa.

When questioned, four people involved in murder give different and contradictory versions of what happens.

The performance will be in Cantonese. It is appropriate for audiences 12 years old and above.

Hong Kong City Hall – 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong Island.

The venue is a short walk from the Central MTR Station (exits K and J).

Yu Lan Cultural Festival – 16 to 18 August

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Cantonese Opera performance at a temporary theatre made of bamboo. Photo Credit; Hong Kong Tourism Board.

The Federation of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community Organizations will present the Yu Lan Cultural Festival, which is based on the Hungry Ghost Festival, which is celebrated by the Chiu Chow community.

This festival will celebrate the background and history of the festival with exhibitions, games, a VR experience, and performances.

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

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

Gin Festival – 17 August

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Bottles of craft gins from around the world on display at the bar of Vibes, an upscale cocktail lounge in Hong Kong.

More than 100 types of gin will be featured at the Gin Festival, which is a celebration of all things related to gin.

There will music as well as tasting rooms and seminars.

Tickets will include  access to all festival activities, a branded gin glass, one cocktail ticket, a festival guide, free entry to seminars, and tastings.

Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel – One Harbour View Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong Island.

The hotel 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 Star Ferry Pier, with frequent ferries to Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon Peninsula.

Computer and Communication Festival – 23 to 26 August

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Attendees chatting at computer festival in Hong Kong. .Photo Credit: Chamber of Hong Kong Computer Industry.

The Chamber of Hong Kong Computer Industry will present the Hong Kong Computer and Communications Festival. the largest exhibition for computer communications and electronic products in Hong Kong. T

The event will showcase new technologies in a bid to promote a more innovative culture in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – Hall One, 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 Star Ferry Pier, with frequent ferries to Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon Peninsula.

Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagiliacci –

Opera Hong Kong will present two operas, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagiliacci.

Cavalleria is set on Easter morning in Sicily, Italy. Pagliacci is based on a real murder case, which happend in the late 19th century.

The semi-staged operas will be performed in Italian with Chinese and English subtitles.

Hong Kong City Hall – 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong Island.

The venue is a short walk from the Central MTR Station (exits K and J).

Hong Kong Weather in August

July and August are the two hottest months of the year in Hong Kong. August is also the wettest month of the year in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong weather in August is hot, humid, and rainy. August is the third wettest month of the year, with an average of 281 millimeters of rain

There is roughly two-thirds chance of rain on any given day. Tropical downpours are not uncommon. Rain falls on an average of 17 days during the month. The average relative humidity is 87%, making it very uncomfortable.

August is one of three hottest months of the year in Hong Kong. There is an average high temperature of 31 degrees Centigrade, or 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

The 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.

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.

August is peak typhoon season in Hong Kong. There is a 60% chance of at least one typhoon impacting the territory in August.

Direct hits are rare, happening on average about once every 10 years. The course of typhoons, however, is highly unpredictable

Planning to Visit Hong Kong?

The Peak Tram, the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defense, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art are currently closed for renovation.

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

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