What's the Weather like in Hong Kong in October
Hong Kong experiences a nice cooling down in October. If summer was too much for you, fall is a wonderful season in Hong Kong. The average monthly temperature is 26°C, though the end of the month is much cooler. Daytime temperatures start out at 30°C but cool off to 27°C by the end of the month. Night temperatures average a pleasant 23°C.
October is considerably drier than the previous months. On average it only rains for 8 days in October, yielding rainfall totals of only 41mm.
Typhoon season is not quite over, however. The mean occurrence of a tropical cyclone hitting Hong Kong in October is 0.9, so you can expect some kind of activity, much more so in the beginning of the month. This is when the rains will fall, and expect winds to increase also.
The days in Hong Kong last almost 12 hours in the beginning of the month and shorten to just over 11 hours at the end of the month. Expect to see the sun for an average of six hours per day. The chances of an overcast or mostly cloudy sky are 56% in the beginning of October, tapering off to 40% towards the end of the month. Otherwise, the skies are mostly clear or partly cloudy.
The average relative humidity drops to a tolerable 73% in October, helped out by decreasing rainfall and temperatures. October will still feel humid, just not nearly as bad as the summer months. Still, if you don't like humid conditions at all, you're best visiting Hong Kong in winter.
Winds continue to pick up in speed from their increase in September, averaging 5.3m/s and reaching an average of 5.6m/s by the end of the month. Winds are almost completely out of the east in October, with some periods of more northerly winds.
Depending on when you visit in October - check the fourteen-day forecast first you'll have to pack differently. October can still feel warm and humid, so you're best off bringing loose, light, comfortable clothing for exploring Hong Kong's many attractions. Shorts and sandals are fine for most establishments. Make sure you bring long pants or a dress for dinner, as many restaurants require nicer dress. And don't forget that Hong Kong loves air conditioning, so you may even want a light coat or jacket for indoors. As temperatures cool down towards the end of the month you may want to take that into consideration.
Hong Kong Hotels in October
Disney's Hollywood Hotel
Fall is a wonderful time to visit the Happiest Place on Earth, and if that's one of the reasons you're coming to Hong Kong you should consider staying at the Disney Hollywood Hotel. This four-star hotel on Lantau Island is an extension of Disneyland, but without the rides. It's themed like 1940s Hollywood, with beautiful art-deco buildings and old cars to round out the old-timey feeling. The Hollywood Hotel features 600 rooms, some of which are Disney-themed, with free Internet and access to their swimming pool and fitness center. Many of the rooms have great views, of either the park, the ocean, or the mountains beyond. There is a phenomenal international buffet at the hotel. Guests of the Hollywood Hotel will enjoy discounted tickets to Disneyland.
The five-star Kowloon Shangri-La is one of the most elegant hotels in Victoria Harbor. The Shangri-La features 688 modern, air-conditioned rooms with large windows to enjoy the remarkable views. If you can get a harbor-facing room you'll be especially impressed. The Shangri-La is home to five award-winning bars and restaurants, including an impressive breakfast buffet and one Chinese restaurant with a Michelin rating. All rooms have flatscreen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and stylish décor. The Shangri-La is also situated perfectly near the East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, the Star Ferry, and the Airport Express station. There are also a number of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues nearby.
The Four Seasons five-star hotel is one of the highest rated in Hong Kong. This world-renowned hotel takes up a substantial space in the International Financial Centre, with 399 air-conditioned guest rooms, a spa, and fitness center. There are also two award-winning restaurants in the hotel, Caprice and Lung King Heen. Rooms range from standard hotel rooms to suites accommodating long-term guests. The Four Seasons is located near the Hong Kong MTR station and Star Ferry.
Dorsett Kwun Tong
The Dorsett Kwun Tong is a no-frills, affordable four-star hotel in Kowloon East, perfect for travelers who plan to spend most of their time exploring their surroundings. There are a number of shops and restaurants nearby, and the hotel is very close to the Kwun Tong MTR station. The Dorsett Kwun Tong features 361 air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, a gym, business center, and complimentary shuttle bus. There is one outstanding Cantonese restaurant on-site, as well as a poolside bar at their outdoor pool.
Bars and Restaurants
La Brata is often rated as one of the best restaurants in Hong Kong. This exceptional Italian restaurant is located in Central Hong Kong near some of Hong Kong's popular attractions. La Brata is known for their superb charcuterie plates, featuring delicious prosciutto, salami, and a range of wonderful cheeses. The menu also features a great spread of traditional Italian pastas, with a number of different wines to pair them with. Other things that make La Brata stand out are the affordable prices, charming atmosphere, and accommodating staff. La Brata is open Tuesday-Sunday from 5:30PM-11:45PM. They close at 11PM on Sundays.
Charlie Brown Café
The Charlie Brown Café is one of Hong Kong's must-do restaurants for many visitors, especially those with children. Charlie Brown Café is located in Mong Kok and serves breakfast all day, with a lunch menu also available. The menu is a lot of fun with dishes named after the various Peanuts characters. Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and Woodstock adorn all corners of the restaurant. Sit down for just a cup of coffee, or enjoy their many pancakes, croissant sandwiches, macaroons, and burgers. The Charlie Brown Café opens at 9AM on weekends and 9:30AM weekdays. They close at 10PM Sunday through Thursday and 10:30PM Friday and Saturday.
Beef & Liberty Burgers Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong is home to over 100 bars, restaurants, and lounges, so choosing one can be overwhelming. If you're in the mood for an outstanding burger, head over up to the third floor of the Central California Tower for Beef & Liberty Burgers. This casual, cozy restaurant is often hailed as serving the best beef burgers in Hong Kong. Some of their other popular menu items include pulled pork burgers, soft shell crab burgers, and chicken sandwiches. The weekends are exceptionally busy, and this restaurant transforms into a fun bar later in the night. Lunch hours are from 12PM-3PM during the week and weekday dinner hours are from 6PM-11PM. They're open until 2AM on Friday night. Saturday hours are from 12PM-2AM, and Sunday from 12PM-10PM.
One Dim Sum Chinese Restaurant
Dim sum dumplings are widely available in Hong Kong, from street vendors to the fanciest restaurants. There is one popular restaurant in Hong Kong that specializes solely in dim sum, and you might guess the name is One Dim Sum. This busy restaurant is located in the Mong Kok district and there is often a wait for a table. While you're waiting you'll fill out your order on a piece of paper, then be served quickly once you're seated. There's not much else to this restaurant just outstanding dim sum and excellent prices. They do serve other traditional Chinese dishes as well. One Dim Sum is open at 10AM on weekends and 10:30AM on weekdays, and they close at 12:30AM every night.
Things to do in Hong Kong in October
The Mid-Autumn Festival is considered one of the most important festivals in Chinese culture, celebrating the end of harvest season during the full moon. Depending on the year this festival takes place in either September or October, as it falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. You may have also heard this festival referred to as the Moon Festival. It's a very memorable experience for visitors, so if your dates are flexible you may want to plan around the festival. Some of the attractions include fire dragon dances, carnival games, lantern displays, and the well-known mooncake pastries.
Hong King Disneyland
October is a pleasant month for wandering around the sprawling Hong Kong Disneyland. This park is much like its counterparts around the world, with thrilling themed rides, fun amusements for children, and an opportunity to meet Mickey Mouse. Some of the attractions include Sleeping Beauty's Castle, It's A Small World, Hyperspace Mountain, and the runaway mine cars at Grizzly Gulch. The park is open daily from 10:30AM until 8:30PM.
Po Lin Monastery
There's a lot of reasons to visit Po Lin Monastery, and because of this it can be very busy at times. One of the big reasons is to see the gigantic Tian Tan Buddha, also known as "the big Buddha." The large monastery is located on Lantau Island and the best way to get to Po Lin is via the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, a long ride with thrilling views. Once on the grounds you'll walk through some food and souvenir vendors, then enter the monastery. The monastery features beautiful gardens, gorgeous architecture, and amazing history. It can be a very spiritual experience for many people, while others are there to admire the beauty of it all.
Nan Lian Garden
With cooler temperatures in the air, October is a great time to walk through the beautiful Nan Lian Chinese Gardens. This free, public park in Diamond Hill is a sweet oasis from the bustling city surrounding it. The park was opened recently in 2006 and the project was undertaken mostly by the adjacent Chi Lin Nunnery. This classical Chinese garden features rolling hills, beautiful wooden structures, waterfalls & fountains, and perfectly manicured bonsai trees. The park is an expansive 35 hectares and features a vegetarian restaurant on the grounds.