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What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

If you are out by the schools it is easy to visit and have dinner with neighbors. Downtown there are expat clubs but from Shunyi the trip in and the commute does not make it attractive. - Oct 24, 2017
Going out for all varieties of Chinese food, going to a kung fu show, dancing, what have you. - Dec 3, 2015
Dinner and get togetehrs with other expats. - Apr 12, 2015
The Great Wall, bars, restaurants. There are many parks and temples but after you see one or two of them, you wonder if you've already been there because they all look the same. there's really not much inside Forbidden City to see (big hype). Summer palace is nice but only if you don't go during summer time when it's shoulder-shoulder. The Beijing zoo has some pandas but they were dirty and lazy, yet another hype. The Center for Performing Art (the Egg) can be a good entertainment, depending on what's playing. - Aug 17, 2014
We go out for dinners with friends a lot and have frequent at-home, casual gatherings with kids and adults. Much of the social life involves eating:) That is true among the Chinese public as well though. - Jul 18, 2014
Yes, tons of expats, good restaurants and bars. - Jun 19, 2013
Plenty of places to go out for dining and entertainment, though if American movies are your thing you'll only get to see about 10-12 a year in the theater, as they restrict the number that can be shown. Many people entertain in their homes, as going out frequently can drain your wallet rapidly. - Aug 27, 2011
Tons - Apr 7, 2011
Practically anything you can imagine and lots of things that you can't. You'll never want for something to do in Beijing. From wandering the hutong of Nanlouguxiang late at night to dancing all night at the Great Wall to learning great Chinese cooking to trivia nights, the social scene is exciting and vibrant. Or try board games, tea and KTV with your new Chinese friends. - Jan 18, 2011
There's always something going on. Lunch with the ladies, dinner parties, hiking and camping with the boy scouts - something for everyone. Mostly informal gatherings. Summertime socializing tends to revolve around the pool, so bring a cover-up! - Apr 29, 2010
Big variety. - Jan 26, 2010