A wealth of exciting Hong Kong events await in July 2016 to quench the heat of the summer months.
Temperatures are picking up, yes, we're approaching the wettest hottest weeks of the year... so don't forget to pack very light, cotton, breathable clothing, sandals, hat, etc. and also a light sweater for the air-conditioning which will be running full blast at shopping centres, restaurants and hotel lobbys.
Traveling with the kids? Amusement parks are fun rain or shine, you are even expected to get wet at some rides. On the other hand, if it is raining too hard, some of the rides might be closed.
We are also in the middle of Typhoon season... watch out for any alerts. Here's what you need to know about typhoons in Hong Kong.
So let's get on with the fun part, here's what's going on in Hong Kong this July:
Also check-out these popular ongoing events during July 2016:
And here's what's hot this summer with kids in Hong Kong
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This is a public holiday and the scope and extent of the celebrations have varied over the years including parades, flag-raising ceremonies, cultural performances, and as in the case to commemorate the 15th Anniversary, a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.
If prior years are any indication, rather than one big event, the celebrations will be likely taking place throughout the territory's 18 districts. Events to celebrate the Establishment of the HK SAR will be spreadout throughout the summer with many highlight events taking place on July 1st.
There will be dozens of events, ranging from sketching and painting activities, football matches, dancing competitions, cultural nights, dragon and lion parades, marching bands, tai chi and martial arts, carnivals and fairs.
The main events commemorating the 19th Anniversary this year include:
"Chinese Opera encapsulates the long history and traditional culture of China. The immaculately crafted movements of the hands, the eyes, the body and the feet of the actors are unique to a whole system of Chinese performing arts."
This art form has been around for centuries and to foster a better understanding of this ancient art, the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department brings the annual Chinese Opera Festival to the community.
If you have never experienced this unique kind of traditional art, this is your chance! The festival will offer daily stage performances by some of the leading Companies in the genre. Besides the stage performances, the festival also puts together an array of events from symposiums, Chinese Opera film screenings and exhibitions.
When?: June 17 - August 14, 2016
Where?: Stage Performances at various venues including a couple of locations very convenient to visitors:
How Much? Ticket prices vary depending on event.
More Info: Visit the official site of the Chinese Opera Festival.
A fascinating line up is put together every summer in all sorts of artistic fields: theatre, music, dance, film and magic! It's a great chance for family time, specially on those muggy hot days.
Besides stage programmes there are also outreach workshops, school touring programmes, backstage tours and more.
Some of this year's highlights:
Several performances in Cantonese and Japanese. All versions with Chinese and English sub-titles
When? July 8 - 10
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre
How Much? HK 140 +
Several performances in English with Chinese and English sub-titles
When? July 21 - 24
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre and Tai Po Civic Centre Auditorium
How Much? HK 140 +
When? July 23 - 24
Where? Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium and Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium
How Much? HK 120 +
For the very first time in Hong Kong, iconic One Piece characters grace the waterfront at the Central Promenade and bring fantastic splashing fun and games with water slides, themed water gun wars, photo booths, and of course, no carnival would be complete without food and beverage galore and OnePiece souvenirs to take home. Check it out!
When?: July 8 - August 9, 2016
Where?: Central Harbourfront Event Space by the Observation Wheel
How Much?: Admission HK$50, free admission for kids 12 and under when accompanied by paying adult.
Activities are extra, Adult Day Pass HK400 weekday, HK500 weekend, Child (6-12) HK200 weekday, HK300 weekend. VIP passes also available.
More info: www.onepiececarnival.com (Site in Chinese)
Organised by the HK Trade Development Council, it's not only books, books and more books on this week-long affair, lately the emphasis has also been on multimedia, e-books and e-learning resources.
Besides the publishers' exhibits, there is a range of cultural events including seminars and forums featuring
English-language world-renowned writers.
If you are a book worm, don't miss this chance to snatch some bargains (specially on the very last day of the fair)!
When?: July 20 - 26, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., extended hours on weekends, last day 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
How Much?: Visitors HK10, bring your passport to the "Tourist Counter" and enter through Bauhinia Square entrance.
More info on this year's Hong Kong Book Fair
Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park, the beloved iconic park that opened in 1949, was once the city's largest amusement park.
It closed in 1997 to give way to modernisation, but last summer, the old rides and games and the legacy of the old park were revived and recreated in one of the most spectacular settings in the Harbourfront.
The bumper cars, games and stage theatre are back this year at AsiaWorld-Expo
with many more attractions inspired by the original Lai Chi Kok
When?: July 25 - August 7, 2016
Where?: AsiaWorld Expo - Check the site for Free Airport Express Same Day Round Trip for Children Offer
How Much? Weekday General Ticket (4 - 64) + 10 tokens HK $140 Senior HK $70, more on weekends
More Info: Visit the official site www.laiyuen.hk.
Kwan Tai was the God of War and highly regarded among the police and military circles. His Birthday is celebrated on the 24th day of the 6th Lunar month, which this year falls on July 27, 2016 in the Western calendar.
One of the best and more convenient places to join in the celebrations is at the Man Mo Temple a stone-throw away from
Central, which is also dedicated to this God and where an old
statue of Kwan Tai from the 19th Century is revered.
When?:Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Where?: Man Mo Temple
How Much?: Free
If you have teenagers you will not want to miss this one! Ani-Com and Games is Hong Kong's hottest event in the digital entertainment, comics, animation, video games and toys and collectibles arena and the most popular summer carnival in Hong Kong.
Packed with the latest in big wave trend-setting entertainment, this is one of the most
prominent shows in Asia.
Don't miss the many events including stage forums and presentations, model kit competitions, comic Master's autograph sessions, etc.
When?: July 29 - August 2, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., closes 8:00 p.m. last day
More on this year's Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong
This massive outdoor party really needs no introduction...
When?: Saturday and Sunday July 30 - 31, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. until late
Where?: Streets of Lan Kwai Fong. Take the MTR to Central Station Exit D2, on to Theatre Lane and up D'Aguilar Street, just follow the crowds.
How Much?: Free!
More information at www.lankwaifong.com.
The Bianconeri are coming to Hong Kong!
South China Athletic Association Football Team will host Juventus, the Italian super club, in the only international football match to be played in Hong Kong this summer. The friendly is likely to be the highlight of the pre-season for our local football fans.
Juventus is one of the most succesful clubs in the history of Italian football and one of the most highly regarded in the world. They will bring their roster of stars including Paulo Dybala, midfielder Hernanes and left-back Alex Sandro.
When?: Saturday July 30, 2016
Where?: Hong Kong Stadium
How Much?: Find Tickets
These events feature some of the great and ancient traditions of the territory and are offered by experts in their corresponding fields:
The Symphony of Lights is Hong Kong's light and sound show, a tribute to the city and its people, their diversity, energy and vitality.
The stage is the entire city, which is what makes it so unique, you can watch the lights from just about anywhere in the waterfront.
This free show offered by the city, takes place every night at 8:00 pm and lasts aboout 15 minutes.
When?: Every Night
Where?: Can be seen from both sides of Victoria Harbour
How Much? Free
Click here for more on Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights and best spots to watch.
Happy Valley Hong Kong whether or not you are a horse racing enthusiast is an experience not to be missed!
The beautiful horses, the skillful jockeys, the crowds going wild, they all add up to an exciting, fun-filled, thrilling atmosphere in a world-class venue.
The Happy Valley race course itself is a sight in itself, the city has built around it through the years and it is now practically surrounded by skyscrapers, an awesome experience specially
at night when the city is illuminated.
When?: Wednesday Nights. First race starts at 7:15 p.m. and the gates open at 5:15 p.m. The races are done by 11:00 p.m.
Where?: Happy Valley Race Course
How Much? Depends, there are many ways to experience the races, from General Stand to Private Boxes and special packages including dinner and drinks. General Stand entrance starts at HK10.
Click here for more on Happy Valley Horse Racing, how to get there and options for viewing the races.
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