What to Do in Hong Kong in August

Nowadays by Phey Palma. Photo Credit: Affordable Art Fair.

August in Hong Kong: a good time to visit? There will be several interesting trade fair and a fascinating Chinese festival. But the weather can be very hot, very humid, and very rainy. The good news is that air-conditioning in Hong Kong ubiquitous. In other words, practically every indoor space is air conditioned. The bad new is, temperatures can be set at uncomfortably low levels.

Events in Hong Kong in August

August kicks off with the Affordable Art Fair. Next in line is a food fair a tea fair, and three other fairs, which run concurrently. Then comes the Hungry Ghosts Festival, a chance to witness a slice of traditional Chinese life. Finally, the Computer and Communications Festival wraps things up. A chronological listing of events in Hong Kong in August follows.

Affordable Art Fair – 4 to 7 August 2022

Affordable Art Fair. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

The Affordable Art Fair showcases original art ranging in price from HK$1,000 (US$127) to HK$100,000 (US$12,750). And galleries from both Hong Kong and overseas will be represented. In addition, there will be both workshops and tours.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – One Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Click HERE for HKCEC travel guide.

HKTDC Food Expo – 11 to 15 August 2022

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

The Hong Kong Food Expo will feature hundreds of exhibitors promoting food and beverage offerings 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. Click HERE for HKCEC travel guide.

The International Tea Fair – 11 to 13 August 2022

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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. Click HERE for HKCEC travel guide.

Hungry Ghost Festival – 12 August 2022

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

The Hungry Ghost Festival falls on the 15th day of the seventh month of the Lunar Calendar. According to traditional belief, restless spirits return to earth on this day. It is sort of like Silent Day in Bali. Or Halloween in the West.

Throughout Hong Kong, you will see people making offerings to their own ancestors and to other wandering spirits. For example, they will burn increase and fake money for them to use in the after life. In addition, there will be performances of Chinese opera. And these will usually be held at temporary theatres made of bamboo.

Interestingly, the first two rows of seats will usually remain empty. But please don’t sit in them. Because they are reserved for the hungry ghosts!

  • 2023 – 30 August
  • 2024 – 17 August
  • 2025 – 6 September

Computer and Communications Festival – 19 to 22 August 2022

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

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – One Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Click HERE for HKCEC travel guide.

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.

Regarding the temperature. 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. And indoor temperatures can be quite chilly – especially on trains and buses. So sweaters or pullovers or shawls are often needed even on the hottest days.

August is peak typhoon season in Hong Kong. So 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

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Travel Guide

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

  • HKCEC is a short walk from the Exhibition Station on the newly extended East Rail Line, with stations in Kowloon and the New Territories. In addition, it is a 10 minute walk by elevated walkway from the Wan Chai MTR Station on the Island Line, with stops on Hong Kong Island.
  • HKCEC it is a 10 minute walk from the Wanchai Star Ferry Pier. And there are frequent ferries to Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon Peninsula.
  • HKCEC is a short taxi ride from Admiralty, Central, Sheung Wan, Happy Valley, Causeway Bay, North Point, and other spots on Hong Kong Island. If you are heading to Kowloon, make sure to catch a cross-harbour taxi. Otherwise, you will be charged a double toll for the taxi to return to Hong Kong Island.

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

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