Things to Do in Hong Kong in July [2022]

Fireworks over Victoria Harbour. Photo Credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board.

July in Hong Kong: is this a good time to visit? It can be hot, humid, and rainy. But don’t let the weather dampen your spirits! Check out this chronological listing of events scheduled to take place in July in Hong Kong this year. But keep in mind that owing to COVID-19 things will be lower key than usual. While some events scheduled to be held earlier in the year have been postponed to July, other events normally held in July have been canceled.

Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day – 1 July 2023

July First is an official holiday in Hong Kong. And it commemorates the transfer of sovereignty from Britain to China on 1 July 1997.

Celebrations customarily begin with an elaborate flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square on Hong Kong Island. And it is located on the waterfront in front of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai.

Thousands of people usually attend the event, including politicians, business leaders, students, and tourists from mainland China. However, owing COVID-19, events this year will be significantly scaled back.

Hong Kong Harbour Chill Carnival – 8 July to 5 August 2023

For five weekends in summer the harbourfront in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island will come alive with live music, X-games, street performances, and more .

In addition, nightly pyrotechnic displays will light up the skies over Victoria Harvour with a colourful Symphony of Lights light and music display.

The skies over Victoria Harbour and dozens of buildings will explode every night this month in a spectacular multimedia display in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

Nightly from 8 to 8.10 pm. Best viewed from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront overside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Avenue of Stars, the promenade at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wanchai, and from sightseeing ferries in Victoria Harbour. However, some venues may be closed for security reasons.

Starry Summer Glamping – 1 to 31 July 2022

Glamping at Hong Kong Ocean Park..

Enjoy an overnight Starry Summer Glamping experience at Ocean Park in an air-conditioned private tent. And don’t worry. There are shower facilities! Access to the park, dinner on the first day, and breakfast on the second day are included. There are also optional activities are no extra charge. Finally, tents sleep up to four people.

Ocean Park Hong Kong – 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong.

The park has a direct entrance to the Ocean Park MTR Station on the MTR’s South Island Line. 

Nature in Panoramas – Above and Below the Southside Waters – 1 July to 30 October 2022

Explore the Southern Districts of Hong Kong Island on this overnight adventure. Activities include a sampan tour of Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, a visit to a fisherman’s houseboat, an eco tour of Aberdeen Country Park, dinner, one night’s accommodation in a tent, and access to the park after the programme ends.

Ocean Park Hong Kong – 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong.

The park has a direct entrance to the Ocean Park MTR Station on the MTR’s South Island Line.

Hong Kong Film Awards – April

Avenue of Stars on the Kowloon.

The Hong Kong Film Awards are the equivalent of the Academy Awards in the United States. They are usually held in April. But they are being held in July this year after being postponed three times owing to COVID-19.

Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre – 87 Yau Tong – Kai Yan Street, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Big Eight Dinosaurs Exhibition – 18 July to 16 November 2022

Reconstructed skeleton of a Hatzegopteryx.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Administrative Region, the Hong Kong Science Museum is holding a large-scale dinosaur exhibition. To clarify, it showcases eight fossilized dinosaur skeletons. And they occupy a 2,000-square meter space.

Hong Kong Science Museum – 2 Science Museum Road, Tsimshatsui East,
Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Book Fair – 19 to 25 July 2023

A scene from the 2015 Hong Kong Book Fair. Photo Credit: ExploringLife.

History and City Literature will be the theme of the Hong Kong Book Fair, now in its 32nd year. And the tagline is Reading the World, Stories of Hong Kong.

Special exhibitions will include History Writers, City Literature, Tastes of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Architecture.

The fair routinely attracts hundreds of exhibitors from dozens of countries and hundreds of thousands of attendees each year.

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

HKCEC is a short walk from the Convention Centre MTR Station and 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 .

Hong Kong Weather in July

July and August are the two hottest months of the year in Hong Kong. There is an average high of 31 degrees Celsius, or 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

The average low temperature averages 26 degrees, or 79 degrees Fahrenheit. It is not uncommon, however, for the temperature to climb into the mid 30s in July.

The weather in July is hot, humid, and rainy. July is the second wettest month of the year, with an average of 252 millimeters of rain.

There is a roughly two-thirds chance of rain on any given day in July. Rain falls on an average of 17 days during the month. Tropical downpours are not uncommon.

With the likelihood of rain, packing an umbrella is a good idea. You might, however, want to leave your raincoat at home.

The average relative humidity in July is 87%, making it very uncomfortable. 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.

July marks the beginning of the peak typhoon season. There is a 60% chance that at least one typhoon will impact Hong Kong during this month.

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

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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.

What to Do in Hong Kong in July is a monthly feature in the Accidental Travel Writer. Additional information, listings, and pictures will be added as they become available.

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