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When private clubs first started popping up in China, they attracted a mostly foreign membership. This, however, is changing. Many clubs now include well-heeled Chinese who have worked or studied abroad and are now joining the ranks of the private club elite.

As for community organizations and other social networks, check with your embassy in Beijing for social groups and events. Many of the embassies here are quite active with their social calendars.

Expat groups

Australia and New Zealand Association: ANZA provides opportunities for social support and networking for Australians and New Zealanders in Beijing. http://www.anzabeijing.com

AustCham Kooka Networking: Connect with the Australian community in Beijing at their meetings every Thursday evening at 6:30pm. http://www.austcham.org

French Cultural Centre: A public library, reading club, movie theater and cafe, the French Cultural Centre also offers French language classes. Library membership (RMB 200 per year) gives you unlimited access to over 20,000 French books, CDs and DVDs. 6 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6553 2627 http://www.institutfrancais-chine.com

Instituto Cervantes: This is the Beijing location of a network of Spanish cultural centers that offer language classes, art and theater salons along with other activities. The Instituto Cervantes regularly features lectures and movies. (5879 9666) http://pekin.cervantes.es

Business and Professional Organizations

Chambers of Commerce

The American Chamber of Commerce in the People's Republic of China
Address: China Resources Building, Suite 1903, No. 8 Jianguomenbei Ave, Beijing 100005
Tel: (8610) 8519-1920
Website: http://www.amchamchina.org

The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai
Address: Suite.1703 Westgate Tower, 1038 Nanjing Xi Lu, Shanghai 200041
Tel: (8621) 6218-5022
Website: http://www.britishchambershanghai.org

European Union Chamber of Commerce
Address: Beijing Lufthansa Center, Office C-412, 50 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100016
Tel: (8610) 6462-2066
Website: http://www.europeanchamber.com.cn

Canada China Business Coucil
Address: Suite 18-2, CITIC Building, 19 Jianguomenwai Street, Beijing 100004
Tel: (8610) 8526-1820/21/22
Email: ccbcbj@ccbc.com.cn
Website: http://www.ccbc.com

Australia Chamber of Commerce in China
Address: E floor, Office Tower, Beijing Hong Kong Macau Centre (Swissotel),
2 Chaoyangmenbei Dajie, Beijing 100027
Tel: (8610) 6595-9252
Email: dalwyn.bateson@austcham.org
Website: http://www.austcham.org

Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Address: Suite 100, CIS Tower, 38 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100016
Tel: (8610) 6432-2020
Email: info@bei.swisscham.org
Website: http://www.swisscham.org

Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China
Address: Room 313, Radisson SAS Hotel (Beijing Huang Jia Da Fan Dian), 6A, East Beisanhuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100028
Tel: (8610) 5922-3388 ext. 313
Email: beijing@swedishchamber.com.cn
Website: http://www.swedishchamber.com.cn/

French Chamber of Commerce in China
Address: Novotel Xinqiao Beijing, Area B, 6th Floor, 2 Dongjiaominxiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100…