Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities in Asia. It’s also an easy city to pack for, if you’re a woman, as unlike some other Asian cities, ‘city rules’ actually apply. If you’re planning a vacation to Hong Kong and not sure what women should wear there, follow these quick packing tips and you’ll fit right in.
Learn About Hong Kong Climate– Before you even start to pack, make sure you check weather charts to figure out typical weather in Hong Kong, at the time of year you’ll be visiting. Hong Kong can be hot and humid in summer and chilly, windy and damp in winter, with lots of weather in between. Some women visiting Hong Kong think packing summer-style clothing all year round will suffice. It won’t. At the wrong time of year, you’ll freeze to death.
Packing For The Hong Kong Climate – When you’ve figured out what the climate is likely to be like when you’re visiting Hong Kong, here’s what you should wear for each season.
Spring – Even in spring, Hong Kong can be quite humid and it’s already beginning to get hot. Women should pack casual pants, jeans, skirts and dresses with a lightweight jacket and a couple of lightweight sweaters thrown in for evenings.
Summer – In summer, Hong Kong gets hot and humid and, with the city all around you and the smog and dirt that entails, you’ll feel even hotter and more grimy. That’s why you should pack thin, lightweight cotton clothing that easily breathes. Casual pants like khakis are great, as are knee-length skirts, short sleeve t shirts and summer dresses. You might also want to pack an umbrella, as Hong Kong is a tropical climate meaning you’ll get showers at weird times throughout the day.
Autumn – Autumn is actually the nicest time of year to visit Hong Kong. The weather is cooling off, the humidity is almost non-existent, and it’s wonderful weather for walking around sightseeing. Take the usual casual pants, jeans, skirts, dresses etc. with long-sleeved t shirts or shirts, and a thin jacket for cooler days or evenings. I usually also take a sweater to throw on in the evenings as, if you’re out shopping or going to eat dinner, it can be pretty chilly.
Winter – The last time I went to Hong Kong in winter, I was frozen. But that’s also because I was coming from Bangkok, Thailand, where it’s hot all year round. If you’re a woman visiting Hong Kong from an already cool climate, you might not be so cold. Either way though, I’d recommend packing similar things to the autumn months but take either a thick jacket, scarf and gloves, or a long coat if you get cold easily.
Hong Kong Is A Conservative City – Like most of Asia, even though it’s a cosmopolitan city, Hong Kong is still conservative when it comes to appropriate women’s clothing. That means, no matter which season you visit, as a woman you should be careful to wear non-revealing clothing. Asians, overall, don’t tend to wear short skirts or sleeveless tops, not unless they’re in a ‘certain profession’, so unless you want to be treated less like a respectable woman and more like someone who should be standing on a street corner, dress conservatively.
This means, no plunging necklines or skirts that are barely covering your underwear. Try to wear jeans that actually fit you and not where your butt is hanging out at the top and, if at all possible, avoid sleeveless tops and go with a typical short-sleeved or long-sleeved t shirt or shirt. Tight clothing is fine, as in tight jeans and t shirts, just not revealing clothing.
Muted colors are also the colors of choice for most women in Hong Kong, so pack blacks, grays, browns and navy blues if you don’t want to be seen as an obvious tourist.
Sure, you may not agree with it but you are in Asia and you are in the middle of a bustling city. Dress more professionally than for a day on the beach, and you’ll be fine.
Shoes – Although I wear flip flops all year round in Thailand, I take full shoes for Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s not one of the cleanest cities when you get into some of the older alleyways, or if you’re going to be walking a lot, so a pair of comfortable walking shoes is preferable to a pair of flip flops or sandals. Save the sandals for the evening, when you’re staying in your hotel or off to dinner at a nice restaurant. Oh, and don’t wear white running shoes. No respectable Asian in any city ever wears white running shoes in the street, only in the gym.
Don’t forget too, Hong Kong is one of the best cities in the world for shopping. So, if you do find when you arrive you’ve brought the wrong things, there are thousands of stores to shop at to get what you need.
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