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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 dating back to colonial times. 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.
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
Address: 8 Shum Wan Rd, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2555 8321
An exclusive club that offers a selection of restaurants, leisure facilities and member activities.
The American Club Hong Kong
Address: 28 Tai Tam Road, Tai Tam, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2842 7400
Another prestigious club where members can meet other expats for social, business and recreational activities.
The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club
Address: 139 Tai Au Mun Road, Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2335 3700
This private club is open to all nationalities and provides a wide range of facilities. Expats who love sports will be spoilt for choice.
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club
Address: 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2521 1511
This club is popular with the diplomatic, media and business community. A good venue for meet-ups.
Gold Coast Yacht & Country Club
Address: 1 Castle Peak Road, Castle Peak Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2404 2222
Home to an array of social programmes and dining facilities, the club boasts gorgeous architecture and stunning sea views.
The Hong Kong Club
Address: 1 Jackson Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2978 9500
With an elite clientele, the club has extensive facilities to suit all needs.
The Hong Kong Cricket Club
Address:137 Wong Nai Chung Gap Road, Tai Tam, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3511 8668
Boasting a rich history, this club offers members numerous sporting facilities and activities.
Hong Kong Country Club
Address: 188 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2870 6500
Located close to the city, the club offers a respite for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Hong Kong Football Club
Address: 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2830 9500
The club, offering more than just football, allows members to access superb facilities for competitive and recreational sports.
Ladies' Recreation Club
Address: 10 Old Peak Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3199 3500
Open to both women and men, this family-oriented club offers sporting, recreational and dining facilities.
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
Address: Kellett Island, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2832 2817
One of the oldest and most prestigious sports clubs in Hong Kong, this club offers facilities for rowing and sailing.
United Services Recreation Club
Address: 1 Gascoigne Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3966 8600
With its sophisticated decor and military legacy, the club offers numerous facilities for sport and recreation.
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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.
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