What's the Weather like in Hong Kong in April
April really starts to heat up in Hong Kong as temperatures wander away from winter temperatures and approach summer temperatures. The monthly average temperature in Hong Kong for April is 24°C. Daytime averages stay close to 26°C with a mild nighttime average of 21°C. By the time May approaches, average highs reach up to 28°C.
Hong Kong has experienced temperatures as high as 31°C in April, so always be prepared for some hotter than expected temperatures.
April marks the beginning of the rainy season in Hong Kong. The monthly average for rainy days is 11, but the monthly average is much higher than March at 112mm of rainfall. Average rainfall totals April 1st are 98mm but rapidly increases to 158mm by the end of the month. As much as 270mm of rain has been recorded in April.
The days are longer in April, averaging near 13 hours, but the cloud cover really starts to increase. On average there are five hours of sunshine in Hong Kong in April. Cloud cover, like the rainfall, rapidly increases through April. The month starts off with a 46% chance of mostly cloudy or overcast skies, with that number increasing to 60% by the end of the month.
The average relative humidity in April is 83%. But because of the rising temperatures and increasing cloud cover you may experience muggy conditions, especially towards the end of the month with the extra rain.
The average winds in Hong Kong continue their decreasing trend from March. Average speeds for the month are 4.5m/s. April winds in Hong Kong are typically out of the east, with some periods of more southerly winds near the end of the month.
Increasing rainy weather in Hong Kong throughout April means you'll definitely want to bring your raingear. You'll also want to start thinking about bringing loose clothing to combat the increasing temperatures and humidity. Remember that many restaurants, businesses, and attractions in Hong Kong request a "smart casual" dress that doesn't include shorts & sandals. Indoor locations often have the air conditioning blasting in the warmer months, so it's often dry and cold indoors. Keep this in mind while you pack your clothing. Check the forecast in the week before your trip for a more accurate update on environmental conditions.
Hong Kong Hotels in April
City Garden Hotel
The affordable, four-star City Garden Hotel is ideally located in the Causeway Bay district, with plenty of shopping and restaurants nearby. The 613 comfortable, air-conditioned rooms provide some wonderful views and are equipped with flatscreen TVs and complimentary smartphones. Guests have access to their outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and business center. The Fortress Hill MTR station is only five minutes away and the hotel also provides complimentary shuttle buses to other parts of Hong Kong. There are three excellent restaurants within the hotel grounds, including the award-winning YUE.
The five-star Kowloon Shangri-La is perfectly situated on Victoria Harbor. The hotel's 688 modern accommodations all feature flatscreen TVs, large picturesque windows, and free Wi-Fi. Ask for a room that faces the harbor; the views from these rooms are breathtaking. The popular Star Ferry is nearby, as is the Airport Express station. East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station is just steps from the hotel doors. The restaurant includes five award-winning bars and restaurants, including one Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant. The exceptional breakfast buffet is also a favorite with the guests. There are plenty of other dining options close to the Shangri-La as well.
The Four Seasons Hotel
The Four Seasons five-star hotel is one of the highest-rated in all of Hong Kong, and also one of the most expensive. This high-rise hotel features 399 air-conditioned guest rooms right on the waterfront, in the International Financial Centre. Guests have options between standard hotel rooms and sizeable suites, all with access to a spa and fitness center. Caprice and Lung King Heen restaurants are located within the Four Seasons; these establishments have won multiple awards. Hong Kong MTR station and the Star Ferry are just minutes from the hotel.
The Cordis Hong Kong
The Cordis Hong Kong is a traveler favorite thanks to the comfortable, swanky accommodations, five-star rating, and affordable price. The Cordis is in the Mong Kok district of Kowloon and right next to the Mong Kok MTR station. The hotel features 665 spacious rooms with LED TVs, complimentary smartphones, and high-speed internet. The Cordis is also home to a number of dining options. The new outdoor food truck area has some fun vibes; there are also a few lounges and an award-winning Cantonese restaurant. Some guests choose the Cordis based on their rooftop wellness center, with a day spa, outdoor heated pool, gym, and two fitness studios.
Bars and Restaurants
One Dim Sum
There's no dim sum to be found in Hong Kong like what you'll get at One Dim Sum. This popular eatery in the Mong Kok area is extremely popular, and you will probably wait for a table, but the wait is worth it. All of their dishes are affordable, and include a variety of traditional Chinese dishes, though their specialty is dim sum. One Dim Sum is open all day; they open at 10AM on weekends and 10:30AM on weekdays, and close at 12:30AM every night. The restaurant is also vegetarian-friendly.
Hong Kong has a plethora of international cuisine, and one of their more well-known international restaurants is Brazilian steakhouse Braza Churrascaria. This fun restaurant, located in central Hong Kong, is guaranteed to please. The dining process is like other Brazilian steakhouses you might have been to leave the green coaster on your table and waiters will flood through, sliding tender slices of varying meat off of their skewers and onto your plate. Flip the coaster to the rest side when you're full. They do have a lunch from 12PM-3PM, but they're most popular for dinner starting at 6PM.
Wine and cheese connoisseurs will love the European-style Scarlett Café in the Tsim Sha Tsui district. The charming menu is mostly French-inspired, and the desserts are delightful. The Scarlett Café is a wonderful venue for wine and cheese samplings. The wine selection is enormous, the cheese melts in your mouth, and the meat samplings are very flavorsome. Meat and cheese not your thing? The menu is also vegan-friendly. Lunch and dinner is served Monday through Friday from 3PM-1AM, and weekend brunch starts at 11AM.
Little Bo Restaurant
If you're looking for something really unique, head over to the Little Bao restaurant in the Sheung Wan neighborhood. This fun little Asian fusion restaurant might be considered expensive given that they really only serve bao burgers, but the quality of the food, atmosphere, and staff more than compensate for this. Be sure to try the truffle fries, pork belly bao, and follow it up with one of the ice cream baos. Expect to wait, but you'll have fun watching the chefs from your stool when you get in. Little Bao is open daily from 6PM-11PM, and adds lunch hours on the weekends from 12PM-4PM.
Things to do in Hong Kong in April
Hong Kong Museum of History
If you're encountering some of those early-season rains, head over to the Hong Kong Museum of History. The free museum is one of the top rainy day activities in Hong Kong, and highlights anything and everything of historical significance from prehistoric times to today. What makes this museum different than others are the displays. Instead of just having items in glass cases, many of the displays are full-size mockups that you can walk through and explore. The museum organizes each period into separate sections so that you can take your pick of what you'd like to learn about. The museum is in the Tsim Sha Tsui district, is open from 10AM-6PM on weekdays (closed on Tuesday), and from 10AM-7PM on weekends. Some tourists have been known to easily spend an entire day here.
Victoria Peak Tower
When the clouds have departed for a few hours, you'll want to check out the views from Victoria Peak Tower. Part of the experience is taking the tram to the top; this funicular has the historic claim of being Hong Kong's oldest form of public transport. The queues can be long, so be ready for a slight wait, especially on the weekends. Once at the top, the panoramic views from Victoria Peak Tower will leave your breathless. The best way to get to the top of Victoria Peak is on the tram Hong Kong's oldest method of mass transit. The tram runs from 7:00AM to 12:00AM daily.
Happy Valley Racecourse
You may want to reserve your Wednesday evening to check out the Happy Valley Racecourse near Causeway Bay. This track isn't just all about horse racing. The food & beer selection is excellent, and admission is cheap. Between races entertain yourself with live music and a number of fun games. Gambling is allowed at this track, so try your luck - proceeds go to benefit local charities. The track is the thing to do on Wednesdays, so get here early. The Happy Valley is open from 6PM-11PM, Wednesdays only.
There's a lot going on at Ocean Park, and you could easily spend an entire day here. It is, after all, the largest theme park in all of Asia. Ocean Park. Some of the many attractions include Asian Animals, Polar Adventure, The Rainforest, and Marine World, just to give you a taste of what you'll find inside the gates. There is also a massive amusement park featuring 44 rides. The two main areas of the park are connected via a cable car system with amazing views. Hours are from 10:00AM to 7:00PM weekdays, and the park closes at 9:00PM on weekends.