Winter in Hong Kong runs from December to February, which also coincides with the best time to visit the city for shopping. Just saying. The weather is still pleasant with mild temperatures reaching a modest 16-degrees, very little rain, and clear, sunny skies. Snow is unheard of and frost is rare. Overall, a much more enjoyable climate compared with the hot, humid and wet summer months. And it’s not just shopping that can be enjoyed during this time.

Here’s a roundup of the top things to do in Hong Kong over winter…

Theme park fun

While this may sound like an obvious one, Winter in Hong Kong is the perfect time to tick off the attractions, while the weather is so much more comfortable. Start at Ocean Park for a day of thrills and fun. There are two major attraction areas at Ocean Park, the Waterfront and the Summit, connected by Cable Car and the Ocean Express funicular train - which gives you an idea of just how big this park is and how much there is to do. Get up close and personal with koalas, wallabies and kookaburras at Adventures in Australia, explore the North and South pole all in a day at Polar Adventure, and journey into the deep to meet sharks and rays at Shark Mystique. Step back in time and relive the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s aboard the Heritage Train at Old Hong Kong, then why not dangle off a cliff of a floorless roller coaster at Thrill Mountain? And that’s all just for starters… If you have an ounce of energy left, there’s Hong Kong Disneyland, Snoopy’s World, Wetland Park and Noah’s Ark to add to the list.  

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For Ocean Park:
Aberdeen & Stanley Tour – Green Route, Stop: Ocean Park

Carnival season

The AIA Great European Carnival takes place every winter (December – February), lighting up the Central Harbourfront in Hong Kong day and night. There’s over 60 fun rides and attractions for all adrenaline levels. Thrill seekers can have a go on the Sky Flyer, Mach 5 and the Xtreme. Family rides include the Apple Coaster, Pony Adventure and Chair O Plane. Then there’s the more traditional Carousel. Wander the stalls and win a soft toy playing all-time favourite skill games like Hook a Duck and Hoop the Block. Then when it’s time to take a break, enjoy refuelling at one of the many tasty food booths. And be sure not to miss the performances in the Big Top tent, such as entertaining circus acts and bands playing live. Winter in Hong Kong is sounding rather appealing now, right?

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Hong Kong Island Tour – Red Route, Stop: Central Star Ferry Pier 7

Take a hike

Winter in Hong Kong is the time to explore the hiking trails in this city. Many locals hike at the weekend, taking part will quickly show you why. Breath-taking views, secret beaches and the diverse wildlife make this activity a memorable experience. And in winter, you won’t be fending off the mosquitos and flies! There are four main hiking trails waiting to be discovered. The Hong Kong Trail, suitable for all levels, boasts beautiful coastal scenery. The Lantau Trail has two highlights, Sunset Peak and Lantau Peak, both stunning to see at sunset. Tai Mo Shan on the Meclehose Trail is Hong Kong’s highest peak. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world, with spectacular views of Kowloon reservoirs and the Tsuen Wan skyline below – and even China in the distance on a good visibility day. Lastly, there’s the Wilson Trail, where the fauna and flora alone is worth slowing down for. All trails are easily accessed by public transport, just be sure to pack a bottle of water and something tasty to refuel while on your travels.

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Winter in Hong Kong must be sounding like a good idea right about now. Hopefully that’s all the inspiration needed to book your trip and discover this city that has the perfect mix of bright lights and impressive architecture, with peaceful bays and natural wonders. You don’t need to look any further for a holiday destination that has something for everyone. And if you need help filling the rest of your time in Hong Kong, check out our list of Top 10 Things to Do, or for more idea's of where to visit next, check out our guide to the Best Places Visit in Winter