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Hong Kong offers an array of social and sporting clubs and societies, which are extremely popular with expats. Many of these clubs are centuries-old institutions. For expats, these clubs and societies often become a home away from home, and boast bars, restaurants and social events, along with gyms, swimming pools and other sporting facilities. Joining a club is an excellent way to meet likeminded people and make new friends in Hong Kong.
Club membership in Hong Kong
Requirements for club membership vary from club to club. The most exclusive clubs operate on waiting lists with membership dependent on being nominated and seconded by existing members. The monthly or annual membership fee of these types of clubs can be pricey, and some operate a debenture system that can run into very high numbers. Membership can sometimes be passed on to friends or family. Some companies negotiate fast-track membership for their relocating staff as an added employment perk.
On the other hand, there are also a few less-exclusive sporting and social clubs that offer far more affordable packages, along with more relaxed membership policies.
Clubs in Hong Kong
The Aberdeen Marina Club
This exclusive club offers a selection of restaurants, leisure facilities and member activities.
The American Club Hong Kong
Another prestigious club where members can meet other expats for social, business and recreational activities. The club has a distinctly American feel, but all nationalities are welcome.
The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club
With a wide range of facilities, this club offers everything from golf, squash and swimming to restaurants and shopping. Expats who love sports will be spoilt for choice.
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club
This club is popular with the diplomatic, media and business community. A good venue for meet-ups.
Gold Coast Yacht & Country Club
Hosting an array of social programmes and dining facilities, the club boasts gorgeous architecture and stunning sea views.
The Hong Kong Club
With an elite clientele, the club has extensive facilities to suit all needs.
The Hong Kong Cricket Club
Boasting a rich history, this club offers members numerous sporting facilities and activities, though the focus is naturally on cricket.
Hong Kong Football Club
The club, offering more than just football, allows members to access superb facilities for a number of competitive and recreational sports.
Ladies' Recreation Club
Open to both women and men, this family-oriented club offers sporting, recreational and dining facilities. Rowing and sailing facilities are also on offer.
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"The easiest way [to make friends] is to join some associations or attend gatherings or meetings organised by consulates or other groups to widen the network." French expat Edouard gives some tips on meeting people and making friends as an expat in Hong Kong.
"Hong Kong has an abundance of social clubs and expat forums to join activities like wine nights, sporting groups, book clubs… You name it." Read more about Kate's time and how she made friends as an expat in Hong Kong.
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