How close-knit is the expat community in this area? How do I get involved with it?

The expats community in Guangzhou is still relatively small, but the number of organizations for expatriates is growing. International business associations organize luncheons and seminars. Exclusive to members and their guests, these organizations tend to be country-specific, like the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce or the Finnish Business Council. Events hosted by these organizations are often held at local hotels and provide opportunities for business networking and learning more about Guangzhou.

Guangzhou also has social clubs that organize recreational and community activities, such as the Guangzhou Women's International Club. Such organizations sponsor many events including parties in people's homes and shopping excursions.
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Beside expat groups, what is the best way to make social connections outside of work?

There are also religious organizations that meet regularly, for example a fellowship of Christian of expatriates that meets weekly.
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Where can I meet other singles in this city?

Many singles meet at bars and clubs, as well at sports association events.
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Are there any unique networking opportunities for accompanying partners?

Joining expatriate clubs is the fastest way to meet other foreign residents. But you can also meet people by going to restaurants and bars popular with the foreign and English-speaking community.
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