New in town or simply want to make more friends? Don’t be scared, Hong Kong is one of the easiest places in the world to meet people as newcomers are arriving every single day. In this post we’ll share some of the easiest ways to meet people and have an awesome time!
One of the best ways to meet people is through Meetup, a platform with many activities organized by the community. It’s a great website, because it hosts the biggest variety of events, meaning you can find an activity you’ll like and can meet people from all types of backgrounds, cultures and age, depending on what you’re looking for.
Internations is a good way to get to know mostly expats in the city. Every month they host an official event, which is usually drinks in a bar and there are some smaller events hosted by their members throughout the month.
3. Dating Apps
Truth to be told, if you’re single one of the most effective ways to meet people are surely dating apps. The popular ones in Hong Kong are probably the same ones you already have installed on your phone: Tinder, Happn, OkCupid, Bumble.
You may know Couchsurfing as a platform to host travelers or find a place to stay when you’re traveling, but they also host weekly events where you get to meet backpackers and locals alike. They always make sure to get good deals, so you won’t need to spend much and will get to meet lots of cool people who love traveling.
5. Chamber of Commerce
Missing home? Depending on what country you’re from, it probably shouldn’t be too difficult to meet some of your fellow countrymen in Hong Kong. Check out the chamber of commerce and see what events are coming up. There are also InterCham – mostly some European Chambers of commerce – events for Young Professionals hosted around once in 2 months.
6. Sports Teams
Joining a sports team is one of the easiest ways to meet new people and as Hong Kong is such a diverse city, you’ll be sure to find whatever sports you want to play. Check out this guide by Sassy to get you started.
If you feel like doing something useful and at the same time meeting new people, there are numerous organization in Hong Kong that can use your help. If you love pets you can ask check out Hong Kong Dog Rescue to walk dogs. Or join the amazing people at The Guest Room who volunteer to help the homeless. For more opportunities check out Hands On Hong Kong.
8. Friends of friends
Ask your friends from back home if they know anyone in Hong Kong before you move. They will probably be happy to introduce you and since they’re friends of friends you will probably have some things in common.
9. Global Social Networking
GSN hosts monthly networking events for young professionals in hip bars & clubs on the island side. It’s a good mix of locals and expats and usually they’ll also arrange some deals on the drinks :).
Of course you don’t need to use a website or an event to meet people as you can also simply meet them on the corner of the street if you’re not scared to strike up a conversation. Especially the 7/11s in LKF are the perfect spot to widen your network of friends.
GeoExpat is a forum that can be very useful to get all your info on life in Hong Kong. There is also a section dedicated to meeting new people.
12. Startup events
Besides social events, there are also many professional networking events like anywhere else in the world. If you’re interested in startups, there are a plenty of events, workshops and talks around town. Check out the co-working spaces to get started: Garage Society, The Hive, WeWork, Paperclip, CoCoon, Campfire.
13. Join a class
Meet like-minded people and develop new skills. What’s not to like? What about a yoga class, Chinese class or cooking class? Whatever you want to do, you’ll find it in Hong Kong.
Love food? There are a couple of meetups dedicated to trying new restaurants, but joining the Foodie events is another thing we can recommend. This food magazine hosts monthly events in the best restaurants in town. Yum!
Co-workers are the obvious and easiest way to start meeting people in a new city. Make sure to go for lunch together often and see if your co-workers are up for a drink after work.