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Meeting Expats after Moving to Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a melting pot of nationalities from all over the world. The one thing that most will have in common is that they will not know very many people, meaning there are thousands of people proactively trying to make new friends. This makes meeting people that much easier.

Here the Gateway team share some of the more popular methods for making new friends while living in Hong Kong.

Joining a society or club to do with one of your interests is a very effective way of meeting like-minded people. Sports teams are especially well-developed in Hong Kong, with many rugby teams, cricket teams, squash clubs and clubs related to many other sports. Also running and trekking clubs are common in Hong Kong and there are often trips off to some of the more remote islands for hiking and jogging.

If you’re keen to meet expats that come from your home country, then your best bet is to apply to your chamber of commerce. Most countries will have a chamber of commerce in Hong Kong. The chambers generally organise frequent events aimed at getting people to network and converse.

3 Responses to Meeting Expats after Moving to Hong Kong

  1. John Horne March 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Great advice. I believe that this is so important when moving to hong kong or any other expat-heavy location. Social life in Hong Kong is great.

  2. Sasha April 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Really good to know! I was a bit concerned about finding new like-minded people as I arrived in Hong Kong. Thanks for the advice about the online communities, Couchsurfing, Meetups etc. I hadn’t come across them before.

  3. Ruth August 9, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    I also recommend to check out MeetUps – if you like some exercise, go and join the Hong Kong Hiking MeetUp group which organises hikes almost every day (mornings/evenings, daytrips to different islands, etc.). You will meet lots of locals and foreigners!

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