Suzhou Networking

How close-knit is the expat community in this area? How do I get involved with it?
Suzhou is a smaller, more close-knit expat community than Shanghai. The Suzhou Expat Association organizes lunches, outings and activity groups for the expat community. You can join through their website.
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Beside expat groups, what is the best way to make social connections outside of work?
Local chambers of commerce have regular meetings and events; DUSA is the most prominent in Suzhou. Many of the local bars and restaurants organize tours and events targeted at expats. Many bars show foreign sports events to appeal to the expat community. The Blue Marlin, a German-inspired bar chain in Suzhou, caters to families and offers entertainment for children so expats often congregate here. There are also parties for foreign festivals, such as Octoberfest and Christmas.
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Where can I meet other singles in this city?
Many singles meet at bars and clubs.
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Are there any unique networking opportunities for accompanying partners?
Clubs for expat women or spouses are the main forums for accompanying partners looking to network. The Suzhou Expat Association has a women's group that holds luncheons, craft groups and a Mahjong club (a popular Chinese game). The Suzhou Expat Association also organizes charity fundraisers and a fair that partners can become involved with. Many spouses also get involved through the international schools.
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