A wealth of exciting Hong Kong events await in July 2017 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 2017:
And here's what's hot this summer with kids in Hong Kong
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HK419 HKD385 (US$49)
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Buy tickets online and save on 24h and 48h Hop-On Hop-Off Hong Kong Big Bus
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Add Madame Tussaud's
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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 this year being a special Anniversary, a fantastic fireworks display is in the programme!
The theme for the 20th Anniversary of Establishment of the HK SAR is "Together, Progress, Opportunity" and actitivities are organised by state offices as well as many community groups.
"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 13 - August 13, 2017
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 month's highlights:
When? July 6 - 9, 2017
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre
How Much? HK 140 - HK380
When? July 26 - 27
Where? Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
When? July 29 - 30, 2017
Where?Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium
How Much? HK 140 - HK 320
More Stage Programmes in July 2017:
Giant sand sculptures, rubber ducky galore, lakeside barbeque fests... It's a funtastic water party at Ocean Park this summer! Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Squidward Tentacles and the rest of the gang at Bikini Bottom will make their way to the Waterfront and help quench the heat of the summer.
When?: July 1st - August 27, 2017
Where?: Ocean Park Hong Kong
How Much? Included with General Admission to the Park.
Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
Ocean Park Discount Tickets Adult
HK438 HKD380 US$49, Children HK219 HKD193 US$24
This summer, for the first time ever, Marvel Super Heroes are assembling at Hong Kong Disneyland!
Join as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. to fight against Hydra alongside Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Doctor Strange and many other Super Heroes!
When?: Summer 2017, exact dates TBA
How Much? Included with General Admission to the Park. Special Summer Pass for Student Residents HK$759 for unlimited visits all summer.
Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult
HK619 HKD524 US$67, Children HK458 HKD366 US$48
As part of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR celebrations, the LCSD and the Home Affairs Bureau have organised three spectacular shows performed by world-famous military bands including the Military Band of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, the Military Band of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, the Hong Kong Police Band and other bands from the rest of the world.
When?: July 13 - 16, 2017
Where?: Various indoor and outdoor venues: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Hong Kong Coliseum, Yuen Long Theatre
How Much?: Varies
This massive outdoor party really needs no introduction...
A showcase of different beer brands from around the world with more than 60 booths offering delicious food, fine beers and interactive games alongside all-day performances.
When?: Saturday and Sunday July 15 - 16, 2017 - 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.
When?: Saturday July 15, 2017 - 8:00 p.m.
Where?: AsiaWorld Expo - Arena (Hall 1)
How Much? HK$700 + More Info and Tickets
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 17, 2017 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?: Monday, July 17, 2017
Where?: Man Mo Temple
How Much?: Free
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 19 - 25, 2017, 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
The Premier League is returning to Hong Kong with the news that Liverpool, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace, will compete for the Premier League Asia Trophy here this summer as part of Hong Kong's 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR celebrations.
A stellar line-up of players and managers will bring the Premier League experience to fans in Asia, giving fans there a taste of what is to come in the 2017/18 campaign.
When?: Wednesday July 19 and Saturday July 22, 2017. Two matches on each of the two days
Where?: Hong Kong Stadium
How Much?: HK$466 + Find Tickets:
More info: www.premierleague.com/asia-trophy
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 28 - August 1, 2017
How Much?: HK$35 Tickets available onsite and in advance at 7-11 and Circle K Convenience Stores
More on this year's Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong
Basketball legend Yao Ming will lead an exhibition match in Hong Kong this summer through the annual "Yao Foundation Charity Tour" as part of the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the handover.
Chinese sports icon Yao Ming will hand-pick star players from the NBA and the mainland to feature in the game.
The NBA stars will be chosen from the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, and San Antonio Spurs. Hong Kong players Lo Yi-ting and Duncan Reid will join the CBA team.
The game will be broadcasted live by China Central Television Five (CCTV5) nation-wide, so that basketball fans around the world will be able to share the excitement.
When?: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 5:30 pm
Where?: Hong Kong Coliseum
How Much?: HK$380 - HK$7,800
In addition a basketball carnival at Kowloon Park will take place during the visit according to organizers. Details to follow, stay tuned!
These are some popular ongoing events that are worth checking out, specially since they are FREE or offered for a low fee!
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. The "Come Horseracing Tour" provides transportation to/from your hotel, dinner and drinks and access to the Member's Boxes.
Click here for more on Happy Valley Horse Racing, how to get there and options for viewing the races.
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