How close-knit is the expat community in this area? How do I get involved with it?
The expat community is close-knit and tends to congregate by nationality, gender or interests. For example, the German community coordinates activities, as does the Shekou International Women's Club. "The Snake Pit" is the sports and social club for foreigner residents who enjoy outdoor sporting activities and socializing over a couple of beers. Every Saturday afternoon, this group organizes an activity called the "Hash," which is a mini-bus excursion to a social event at one of many local venues. To find out more about networking organizations for foreigners living in Shenzhen, ask other foreign residents who you meet here; they are a great source for this information.
Beside expat groups, what is the best way to make social connections outside of work?
There are religious organizations that meet regularly; for example, a fellowship of Christian expatriates that meets weekly.
Where can I meet other singles in this city?
Many singles meet at bars, clubs and at sports association events.
Are there any unique networking opportunities for accompanying partners?
Joining expatriate clubs is the fastest way to meet other foreign residents. Typical social activities include after-work golf and card games.
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