Things to Do in Hong Kong in May

In this post, you’ll find all the best events and things to see and do this May in Hong Kong. We have a Top 10 list of things to do that is updated for 2020. 

 

 

TOP 12 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MAY IN HONG KONG

Wondering what to do during your trip to Hong Kong in May? Here we have listed our top 12 picks for this month. 

Don’t forget to check out our list of Hong Kong tours:


1) The Affordable Art Fair

The entire family can have fun at the Affordable Art Fair from May 15 – 17, 2020. 

You’ll see over 100 galleries showcasing their art, from local and international artists. The focus is helping people find inspiring and beautiful art that doesn’t cost a fortune to bring home. This is a traveling art fair that pops up all over the world. 

 

 

Of course, there’s plenty to do even if you don’t plan on buying the art! The fair will be full of educational and interactive activities, from a children’s art tour to workshops and talks. 

Aspiring DJs can even take a DJ workshop! 


2) Hike Dragon’s Back

Many consider Dragon’s Back to be the best city trail within Asia. It is roughly 8 km long, which is just under 5 miles.

This hike offers some of the best views of the city. And in May, you’ll be surrounded by green trees and other foliage.

 

 

Some of the hike is a dirt pathway, while other parts include steps and some pavement. All of it is far away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s city streets, however.

If you want a guide for your hike, here is a guided tour of the area for 250 HKD, which includes public transport costs. 


3)  See Avril Lavigne Concert

Avril Lavigne, the quintessential pop-punk singer-songwriter, is back on tour after many years! 

 

 

From Sk8er Boi and Complicated to her most recent hit single Head Above Water, if you’re an Avril Lavigne fan, this is a can’t-miss concert. 

She wrote her most recent album while struggling with Lyme disease and it has reached the top of the charts, so you’ll hear some new material. But don’t worry, she will still be performing her greatest hits. 


4) Explore the Temple Street Night Market

This street bazaar is bustling every night with pop-up vendor stalls. You’ll find countless trinkets, crafts, electronics, clothes, and other items. 

 

 

Make sure you try your hand at haggling if you see something you like – it’s expected!

And if you’re looking for some nightlife culture, try to find karaoke sessions in the side streets. There are plenty of side streets to discover, too, since the market covers more than three full blocks of the main vendor street. 


5)  Save More with a City Pass

If you’re considering going to multiple attractions while in Hong Kong, the all-inclusive Hong Kong iVenture Card grants access to 20+ attractions and experiences in the area as well as nearby Macau.

 

 

Depending on how much you use the pass, you can save up to 50% on retail prices.

Here are several attractions included on the pass:

  • Peak Tram
  • Hong Kong City Tour
  • Safari Park Shenzhen
  • Rickshaw Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour
  • Victoria Harbor Cruise
  • And more!

The pass also comes with a pocket-sized city guide with information on available experiences, city tips, and directions.

Get a tourist discount pass here.


6) Discovery Bay Sunday Market

Once a month, you can find a market full of handmade goods and crafts in Discovery Bay Plaza. Vendors apply for each monthly market, and they try to get a good mix of products and entertainment. 

 

 

The markets are completely free to browse, and could make for a fun day out! 


7) Hang Out in Tamar Park

This beautifully-landscaped public park is close to the Admiralty MTR station and often hosts live music and community workout classes such as yoga. 

 

 

It has plenty of grassy space, a romal garden, the Tamar Cafe, water features, and an amphitheater that can hold several hundred people. 

The weather is started to get hot and it’s also the start of typhoon season. So you might want to take advantage of any days with clear skies by taking a picnic to Tamar Park! 


8) Take the Victoria Peak Tram

If you want some great views of Hong Kong that aren’t in a high-rise building but also aren’t as far out as Dragon’s Back, Victoria Peak – known by locals as just “The Peak” – is a great option.

 

 

The very popular tram is the fastest and most direct route from the bottom of the Peak.

There is also a fun terrace at the top so you can relax once you’re there. If you want to avoid the largest crowds, go during or before the 9:00 am hour on a weekday. 

It is also advisable to purchase a ticket in advance! A tram & sky terrace ticket will help bypass the queue when you arrive.


9) Take a Secret Food Tour

Hong Kong is known for its diverse cuisine with many cultural infusion dishes. Thanks to its history as a major trading port, you can find Cantonese, European, Chinese, and Southeast Asian dishes and street food.

 

 

A fun and interesting way to get to know the local culture is through its food. You could spend days or weeks strolling through the different streets to find new food stalls and restaurants!

However, if you want someone to lead you directly to the best street food and restaurants, taking a Secret Food Tour is the perfect tour for you! The tour lasts 3 to 3.5 hours.


10) Sightseeing Tours

Looking to see as much as possible in a short amount of time? Or maybe you’re a fan of convenient transportation that includes some narration. You can take the popular hop-on-hop-off bus tour through the city for a great tour that allows you to spend as much time you want at the stops.

There is an audio guide available in 10 different languages, including English, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian.

 

 

TIP: The deluxe ticket comes with a 2.5-hour walking tour (snacks provided!) and a Peak Tram Sky Pass to get to the top of Victoria Peak.

Looking for something to do after dark? Take an evening cruise to see the city from the harbor while sipping on a glass of wine.

Pay-what-you-like walking tours are a budget-friendly way to see Hong Kong. We have a full post listing all the free walks available in Hong Kong.


11) See the Beethoven 250th Anniversary Series

If you’re a fan of classical music, there are several great concerts this spring to attend, all celebrating Beethoven’s 250th anniversary! May’s concert features the Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii as the main soloist.

 

 

This evening concert offers a great opportunity to get dressed up and go out on the town.

  • Soloist: Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii
  • Date: 22 & 23 May 2020
  • Time: 8:00 pm
  • Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
  • Find tickets here

12) The Last Day of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival

The festival lasts a full week and includes Taoist ceremonies, live music, parades, lion dances, and a Bun Scrambling Competition. The end of the festival also features an impressive tower climb by multiple climbers! 

 

 

May 1 is the final day of this year’s Cheung Chau Bun Festival, which celebrates the ending of a plague several hundred years ago and is a great opportunity to explore one of Hong Kong’s smaller islands.

 


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