What's the Weather like in Hong Kong in July
July is the hottest month in Hong Kong and the high humidity will make that even worse. If you're easily put in discomfort in high temperatures and humidity, you may want to avoid Hong Kong in July. The average monthly temperature is 29°C. Daytime averages reach 31°C and it starts warming up as soon as the sun rises. Nights only cool down to 26°C. It has been known to occasionally reach as high as 34°C.
July sees periods of dry spells, but when it rains it really dumps. July averages 17 days of rain throughout the month, with rainfall totals averaging 252mm.
Hong Kong has the highest chances of seeing typhoon activity in July, with the odds of that happening at least once this month. When typhoons are south of Hong Kong the winds will be light and temperatures unbearably hot. As the typhoon gets closer to Hong Kong, winds will increase and torrential rains will start to fall. These usually always lead to flooding.
July has just over thirteen hours of daylight every day, and averages seven hours of sunshine every day. July only sees a slight decrease in cloudiness from June; chances of an overcast or mostly cloudy sky average 82% throughout the month with little variation.
The humidity in Hong Kong in July is best described in one word - miserable. Average relative humidity is 82%, but the high temperatures make it worse. Overcast skies and rain will increase the humidity levels while clear days will only increase the temperature. The nights are typically just as bad as during the day. Most of Hong Kong is in the air conditioning during July.
Winds start to decline in July in Hong Kong, though nearby tropical cyclone activity is definitely an exception to this. The month starts off with average winds of 4.8m/s predominately out of the south, and July ends with average wind speeds of 4.5m/s with more periods of easterly winds.
You'll need to consider three things when packing for Hong Kong in June. Hot, humid air outside; cold, dry air indoors; and periods of heavy rains. You're best off wearing some loose-fitting, light clothing for outdoor exploration. Shorts and sandals are acceptable but know that there are many establishments where long pants are required. These places are usually in some cold air conditioning, so that won't be a problem. It's always a good idea to bring a nice raincoat and umbrella in case you're stuck in the heavy rains. Check the fourteen-day forecast right before you start packing for a better idea of expected weather.
Hong Kong Hotels in July
City Garden Hotel Hong Kong
The City Garden Hotel, an affordable four-star hotel, is a great option for July. This hotel boasts a great location in the Causeway Bay district, right in the middle of shopping and amazing restaurants. The City Garden Hotel has 613 air-conditioned, comfortable rooms. Many of the rooms have outstanding views, but this isn't guaranteed. Amenities include complimentary smartphones, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and business center. The City Garden Hotel is a short walk from the Fortress Hill MTR station, and the hotel also provides a free shuttle to other parts of the city. You'll be able to choose from three amazing restaurants on-site, including the award-winning YUE restaurant.
Disney's Hollywood Hotel
Families coming to Hong Kong to spend some time at Disneyland may want to stay at the four-star Disney Hollywood Hotel. This fun hotel, located on Lantau Island, is themed like the old Hollywood of the 1940s, complete with appropriate cars from the period and art deco buildings. The hotel features 600 rooms with great views of the park, the surrounding gardens, or the ocean. Some of the rooms are themed, which are fun for children and the young at heart. The hotel also includes complimentary Wi-Fi, a business center, and a swimming pool. An international buffet is very popular with the guests. Discounted theme park tickets are available to hotel guests.
The Luxe Manor
The four-star, stylish Luxe Manor hotel in the bustling Tsim Sha Tsui district is quite an eccentric experience. This boutique hotel features 153 guest rooms dressed up with a peculiar European spin, and also has six suites with wild themes. Another aspect that makes Luxe Manor a unique hotel is its dining and lounge options. Luxe Manor is home to the first authentic Nordic restaurant in Hong Kong, called FINDS. You'll want to check out the live music and other entertainment at the Dada Bar + Lounge, a hip venue inspired by the Dadaism art movement. The hotel's location makes it a perfect place from which to explore Tsim Sha Tsui's shopping and entertainment.
The Kowloon Shangri-La is one of the finest hotels on Victoria Harbor. This five-star hotel features 688 modern, air-conditioned rooms with flatscreen TVs, large windows with expansive views, and free Wi-Fi. The rooms that face the harbor are exceptionally noteworthy if you can reserve one with those views. The Shangri-La is just steps away from the East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, and also close to the Star Ferry and Airport Express station. There are five award-winning bars and restaurants in the Shangri-La, including one Chinese restaurant with a Michelin rating and a noteworthy breakfast buffet. The Shangri-La's great location makes it perfect for exploring other dining, entertainment, and shopping options
Bars and Restaurants
Braza Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse
If you've never experienced a Brazilian steakhouse before you'll need to go to Braza Churrascaria while you're in Hong Kong. Just sit at your table, enjoying their outstanding cocktails and taking in the ambiance, as servers rotate through your table with giant skewers of succulent meats. The green coaster on your table indicates you're ready for more; flip it to the red side to let them know you're full. Braza Churrascaria is located in Central Hong Kong and serves dinner starting at 6PM. They also carry lunch hours from 12PM to 3PM.
You may not be expecting much from a restaurant that serves only bao burgers, but you'd be wrong about Little Bao restaurant in the Sheung Wan neighborhood. The prices could be considered on the high side, but then again this is a place you go to just as much for the experience as you do the food. The atmosphere and the entertaining staff are just as praised as the sandwiches. Some of their popular hits include pork belly bao, truffle fries, and ice cream baos. You may end up waiting for a seat but you won't be bored in the fun, social atmosphere while you're waiting. Little Bao is open daily from 6PM-11PM, and also serves lunch on the weekends from 12PM-4PM.
One of the top Italian restaurants in Hong Kong is La Brata, located in Central Hong Kong. Actually, it's not just one of the top Italian restaurants, it's one of the top restaurants overall in Hong Kong. La Brata features a variety of fresh pastas and wines to pair with them, all at affordable prices. The staff is one of the finest in Hong Kong and the atmosphere will make you feel right at home. The charcuterie plates are worth the visit alone, with exceptional international cheeses, prosciutto, salami, and other fine meats. La Brata is open Tuesday-Sunday from 5:30PM-11:45PM, except for Sunday when they close at 11PM.
MO Bar, Landmark Mandarin Oriental
You'll find the stylish cocktail lounge & restaurant MO Bar inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Central Hong Kong. MO is open pretty much all day. In the mornings they serve an excellent breakfast buffet. For lunch and dinner they have menus featuring contemporary dishes with European and Asian influences, made with fresh organic ingredients. After dinner, the MO Bar transforms into a swanky lounge, serving up some of the finest hand-crafted cocktails in the city by some exceptionally talented bartenders. The nights will be late here, and the party often lasts until the closing time of 1AM Monday thru Friday, 1:30AM Thursday thru Saturday, and 11:30PM on Sunday. Food is served from 7AM-11PM.
Things to do in Hong Kong in July
Hung Shing Yeh Beach
One of the most popular beaches in Hong Kong is Hung Shing Yeh Beach. This beach is located on Lamma Island and requires a thirty-minute ferry ride from Central Pier 4. Once on Lamma Island, it's about a thirty-minute walk to the beach. Keep this in mind if you don't do so well in the hot, humid weather. Despite this, it's still an extremely popular beach. The water is absolutely clear, and the sand is the perfect fine, white powder you'd expect on a tropical beach. Hung Shing Yeh beach has a number of facilities like toilets, changing rooms, and barbecue grills if you want to make an evening picnic out of it.
Hong Kong Museum of History
If you're caught up in some never-ending rains, head over to the Hong Kong Museum of History in the Tsim Sha Tsui district. You could easily spend an entire day in this giant museum and not see everything, or just stay for a few hours. The museum will take you from prehistoric times to present day in life size, walkthrough mockups of whichever period of history the exhibit is about. The museum is organized very well by time period, so there won't be any unnecessary hunting around for what you want to see. Weekday hours are from 10AM-6PM and weekends are from 10AM-7PM. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
Hong Kong Maddam Tussauds
July can be a hot and muggy month to explore Hong Kong Madam Tussauds, but you'll have ample opportunity to jump in the air conditioning after walking from attraction to attraction. Besides, if you're traveling with children this is especially one of the best things to do in Hong Kong. The park isn't as large as its American counterparts, but you'll still be treated to the same magical rides and attractions. Visit Sleeping Beauty's Castle, ride the teacups, and take an adventure in Hyperspace Mountain. The park is open daily from 10:30AM until 8:30PM.
Tian Tan Buddha
Visitors call it "the big Buddha", but it's officially known as Tian Tan Buddha. This attraction on Lantau Island is a part of the Po Lin Monastery. It can be a very spiritual experience for some, while for others it serves as a source of awe and inspiration. The monastery is full of beautiful gardens, gorgeous architecture, and amazing history. This day of exploring the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha will also include the infamous Ngong Ping 360 cable car, as this is how most people prefer to visit. There are a few eateries and souvenir shops once at the monastery.