November is the time to get outdoors and enjoy the pleasant temperatures and clear days without the overwhelming humidity of the summer months.
A light jacket and dressing in layers is probably best as there will be some warm days with temperatures dropping a bit at night.
November is Hong Kong's Wine and Dine Month and the festival is back this year, both in person and online, allowing a broader reach to people all over the world. The Hong Kong Literary Festival will also go ahead this year as a hybrid festival of live and online events. While Clockenflap has been cancelled for 2021, the fabulous Symphony Under the Stars with the Hong Kong Philharmonic will go ahead, this is a FREE outdoor concert but you must register!
For motor racing enthusiasts, the Macau Grand Prix is taking place next door this month! Enjoy!
Here's what's up this November 2021:
- Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival Goes Virtual This Year - November 1 - 30, 2021
- The Hong Kong International Literary Festival - November 5 - 15, 2021
- International Wine and Spirits Fair - November 11 - 13, 2021
- Digital November - Let's Play - November 20 - 21, 2021
- Macau Grand Prix - November 19 - 21, 2021
- Symphony Under The Stars with the Hong Kong Philharmonic - November 13, 2021
- Clockenflap - CANCELLED - see you November 2022!
And it's starting to look a lot like Christmas...
- Hong Kong Christmas and Holiday events kick off at the end of the month
- A Disney Christmas - November 19, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Hong Kong Attractions, Tours, Activities that are OPEN This November 2021
Tours, attractions and activities that can be conducted safely while adhering to proper social distancing guidelines have reopened as have most outdoor activities.
It's time to get out! Here's a list of fun outdoor things to do that have restarted operations and can be booked now. When possible book tickets online and/or make a reservation as many of the activities are running on limited capacities.
- The Peak Tram, Peak Tower, Sky Terrace and Peak Galleria are OPEN
- The Hong Kong Observation Wheel - is OPEN
- Ocean Park - is OPEN, purchase tickets online, you also must make a reservation for the day of your visit
- Hong Kong Disneyland - is OPEN, purchase tickets online, you also must make a reservation for the day of your visit
- Sky100 Observation Deck - is OPEN
- Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car - is OPEN, purchase tickets online
- Harbour Cruises have restarted, the following have resumed sailings:
- Aqua Luna evening cruises
- Fantastic outdoor excursions: hiking, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, paddleboarding...
- Lion Rock Sunset Hiking Adventure - Victoria Harbour's most dramatic summit - 4 hours, starts from Wong Tai Sin MTR station
- Victoria Peak Private Evening Hike - 2 hours, meets at Central MTR Station, Victoria Peak Tram tickets for return optional
- Geopark Kayaking Adventure - 7 hours, meets at Hang Hau MTR Station
- The Mai Po Nature Reserve is OPEN, the WWF offers eco-visits Thrusdays through Sundays, which is the easiest way to visit the reserve without having to get a government permit. You can book an eco-visit here
- Hong Kong Wetland park - is OPEN, the Mudflat Hide has also reopened
- Sai Kung Standup-Paddle Adventure - 5 hours, meets at Hang Hau MTR station
- Hike the legendary Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Trail to the Big Buddha - 4 hours, starts at Tung Chung MTR station
- Hike the Yellow Dragon Gorge Nature Trek in Lantau Island - 5 hours, meets at Tung Chung MTR station on Lantau Island
- Plover Cove Bicycling and Hiking Adventure - 4 hours, meets at Tai Po Market MTR station
- Tai Mo Shan Waterfall Hike the tallest waterfall in Hong Kong - 4 hours, meets at Tai Wo MTR station
- The Dragon's Back Hike and Tai Long Wan Beach - 5 hours, meets at Shau Kei Wan MTR station
- Ma On Shan Climbing Adventure - 6 hours, starts at Heng On MTR ends in Saikung town
- Tolo Harbour Cycling Adventure - 4 hours, meets at Tai Po Market MTR Station
Also check-out these popular ongoing events during November 2021:
- Free cultural exhibitions: Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Feng Shui
- The Symphony of Lights Hong Kong's light and sound show
- It's race time! The Horse Races are on!
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Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival
The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is back after last year's virtual edition and yet again with a complete different format.
This year brings back unique gastronomic experiences in town for foodies and wine lovers.
Virtual programmes are also back, where you can order special tasting kits delivered to your door and participate while interacting with wine masters.
An e-wine pass takes you on a self-guided wine tasting journey across four districts...
Enjoy an epicurean journey unlike any other, whether online or in town. What's more, indulge in myriad themed events in restaurants - from Michelin-starred dishes to iconic street food - along with exclusive offers. Cheers!
When?: November 1 - 30, 2021
Fantastic Hong Kong Food Experiences...
The Hong Kong International Literary Festival
The Hong Kong International Literary Festival is an annual event featuring established and emerging writers from around the world in a programme that includes live events with panels, readings, performances, writing workshops and walking tours.
The 2021 edition of HKILF, entitled the Rebound Edition, will focus on themes of resilience, recovery and mental health, with an emphasis on new fiction and the joy of reading. Headline speakers will include best-selling and award-winning authors Amor Towles, Paula Hawkins, Damon Galgut and Karen McManus, as well as some of the most exciting emerging and established talents from Hong Kong.
HKILF celebrates English creative writing and emphasizes writing with an Asian connection.
When: November 5 - 15, 2021 main festival weekend from November 11 - 14, 2021
Where: Several venues including Asia Society, The Fringe Club, and Tai Kwun
How much: Various prices; some free admission
Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair
The largest wine show in Asia, with wines and spirits from over 37 regions being represented. It is mainly a trade show but on the last day it is open to the public.
Fun events like cocktail mixing demonstrations, wine competitions, wine auctions and of course wine tastings.
All about the world of wine for the wine enthusiast!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: With many pandemic-related travel restrictions remaining in place, exhibitors and buyers may have difficulty joining the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair scheduled for 11-13 November 2021. To assist exhibitors and buyers to overcome the business challenges brought by the pandemic, the HKTDC will organise a new trade fair, HKTDC Lifestyle Sourcing Show | Physical + Online, featuring various industries including wine & spirits products. The event will be held in a physical-digital format:
- Physical fair dates and venue: 1-3 December 2021 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
- Digital fair dates: 6-10 December 2021
Digital November - Let's Play
"Digital November" is back for the 5th consecutive year in November 2021 in Hong Kong. This year, you can discover the richness of French digital creation, through an exhibition of independent French video games.
Aimed at all those interested in French digital cultures: the general public, professionals in the cultural and creative industries, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, students, teachers and learners of French, "Digital November" is an invitation to discover French digital cultures and their applications through a series of actions and events organised by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macao and local partners.
This year Digital November will focus on video games.
When: November 20 - 21, 2021
Where: Cyberport - Er Gaming Arena - Shop 101 - 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong
How much: FREE
Next Door in Macau: The Macau Grand Prix 2021
A weekend of non-stop heart-stopping action, screeching tires, racing engines, checkered flags... and adrenaline overload! Without a doubt this is Macau's most prestigious event in the annual calendar.
The legendary Macau Grand Prix features one of the most challenging circuits in the world and a number of major races including two events that have FIA World Cup status, the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix and the Macau GT Cup. (The Forumla Three Macau Grand Prix will not run this year due to Macau's strict quarantine procedures)
The 68th edition of the Macau Grand Prix is scheduled to go ahead this November, organisers have announced a six-race schedule to be held on Macau's famous Gaia Circuit with the SAR's six casino concessionaires each sponsoring one of the six races. With 133 entries confirmed, no overseas drivers will be participating in this year's event despite the fact demand had been strong. With a record 21 customer race cars entered, Audi is the most represented manufacturer at this year's iconic event.
When: November 19 - 21, 2021.
Free practice and qualifying sessions will be held on Friday, November 19, with 15-minute warm-up sessions on Saturday followed by 8-lap opening races for all of the headline races.
The Macau Challenge Cup starts at 08:30 on Sunday, November 21, followed by the Macau Touring Car Cup at 09:35 and the Greater Bay Area GT Cup at 10:40. The Macau Guia Race starts at 12:05, followed by the Macau GT Cup at 13:10. The weekend comes to an end with the Formula 4 Macau Prix at 15:30. All of Sunday’s races are 12-laps each (all times UTC+8).
Where: Guia Circuit, Macau
How much: Grandstands MOP50 (US$6.50) for Friday, MOP400-1000 on Saturday and Sunday
All spectators must comply with the current anti-epidemic measures of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government.
Race weekend will be preceded by a series of promotional activities, starting with the 68th Macau Grand Prix Family Carnival on 6 and 7 November and followed by the 68th Macau Grand Prix Car Show on 13 and 14 November, both at Tap Seac Square.
Symphony Under The Stars with the Hong Kong Philharmonic - a FREE outdoor concert
Finally back! A night of enchanting music with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in the backdrop of the city's stunning skyline. Come enjoy the gems of classical music for an inspiring, relaxing and magical evening, fireworks and all! This is one of the city's largest outdoor concerts and it's FREE!
This year's annual extravaganzawill feature an exuberant programme of dazzling dance music, including The Blue Danube, Sleeping Beauty Waltz and Bolero.
To share this enthralling evening beyond the Harbourfront, this outdoor concert will be livestreamed on the HK Phil website, Facebook, and YouTube channels.
Concert lasts around 90 minutes, without intermission. In view of official guidelines and social distancing measures under the pandemic, this concert is set to have assigned seats of a maximum of four persons per unit.
When: Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 7:30 pm
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
How much: FREE (Pre-registration is required. Please visit the official website for details.)
Clockenflap Hong Kong's Music and Arts Festival - CANCELLED
A weekend of live musical acts, film screenings, family fun, and of course food!
And all this in Hong Kong's world class setting in the Central Harbourfront.
When: CANCELLED, see you November 2022!
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
How much: General Admission HK980 - HK1,020, 3-day passes and student discounts available. Children under 12 FREE.
Hong Kong Christmas and Holiday Events
Hong Kong Chrismtas and Holiday events sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board kick-off late November/early December and run up until the New Year's Countdown on January 1st.
One of the highlights is the Christmas Tree or centrepiece in Central's Statue Square, which becomes the season's icon and is always a stunner.
Other events include light installations and interactive displays along the waterfront, and of course, all shopping malls and hotels will go all out with their displays and holiday events.
When?: Mid-November to early January
Where?: Central's Statue Square, holiday events throughout the territory
A Disney Christmas
Parades, Carols, Christmas Trees... The entire park is transformed into a wonderland full of the holiday cheer, shiny ornaments, dazzling lights, fluffy snow, bows, balls and garlands, holiday wreaths... all decorate every corner of this magical world and make it even merrier...
You don't want to miss the magnificent Christmas Tree, the parties, the parades and of course the light-up ceremonies!
New this year is the "Disney Live in Concert!" Holiday Music Celebration, with a series of concerts on select weekends delighting guests with a musical journey from classical and joyous jazz to Broadway tunes. Each weekend will feature a different musical style.
When?: November 18, 2022 to January 2, 2023
Where?: Disneyland Hong Kong
How Much?: Christmas events included with admmission ticket
Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult
HK639 HKD570 US$73, Children HK475 HKD435 US$56
More Info and Booking at Klook.com
Ongoing Hong Kong Events
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
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 about 12 minutes.
When?: Every Night
Where?: Can be seen from both sides of Victoria Harbour, specially stunning aboard a Harbour Cruise.
How Much? Free
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The Horse Races Are On! This is how you can attend
The horse races in 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 two world-class venues, at the Sha Tin Racecourse and the iconic Happy Valley Racecourse.
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.
At this time, COVID-19 pandemic control measures have been relaxed and races will be staged in accordance with prevailing restrictions which enable the HKJC to bring more racing fans back to enjoy the on-course entertainment in person. Walk-in admission has been resumed for both public and members enclosures. Customers are encouraged to make advance bookings to secure admission for indoor catering venues. Here are the latest arrangements.
When?: Happy Valley Night Races on Wednesday Nights. On race day, 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.
Sha Tin Day Races are on Sundays. First race normally starts at 1:00 pm, earlier if there are more than 10 races. Gates open at 11:00 am.
All races will be streamed live at the HK Jockey Club Racing Channel.
How Much? 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. You can join this guided experience and learn all about horse racing and betting, Enjoy the HKJC horse races from the 2M roof deck.
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