May in Hong Kong is by no means the worst month to travel, although as the humidity climbs to its steamy climax towards the end of the month you may find your deodorant and your sense of humor failing. The blockbuster event in May is Le French May which is a month plus of dance, music, food and more Gallic flavored goings on that often involve some of France’s biggest names. May is also host to one of Hong Kong’s best and wackiest festivals, the Cheung Chau Bun festival, where locals clamber up a 60ft bun tower frantically plucking off the lucky buns, and the distinctly more restrained rituals that surround Buddha's birthday.
Hong Kong Weather in May
Average High: 29
Average Low: 24
Average Rainy Days: 13
Average Humidity: 87% Understand This Humidity Reading
What to Wear
T-Shorts and light cotton shirts. A sweater is also useful for the fridge air conditioning blasting out in buildings and on public transport.
Events in May in Hong Kong
Events Pick - Cheung Chau Bun Festival – May 10th. Spectacular festival on the isolated island of Cheung Chau that features stilt walking children dressed up as gods, elaborate floats and culminates in the breathtaking bun climb. Unmissable.
Le French May – April 15th – June 23rd. One of Hong Kong’s biggest cultural events, Le French May is a comprehensive cultural feast from opera and art to circus and new media events.
Buddha’s Birthday – May 10th. Watch the ritual bathing of Buddha statues at the city’s monasteries.
Riverdance – May 3rd – May 15th. Men in tights move their legs very fast. This is their farewell tour.
International Poster Triennial – Until May 23rd. 1500 posters from nearly 50 countries are taking part in this years superb poster exhibition.