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About US


The Shanghai Expatriate Association (SEA) is a non-profit, multinational, member-based organization that is run by member volunteers. SEA was established in 1986 to provide an enriching social and cultural network for expat families in Shanghai and it is one of the largest groups of its kind in China. 

SEA is unique in that our members represent approximately 40 nationalities and we have over 20 events, trips, and small group activities planned each month for our 350+ member families. We welcome any non-PRC passport holder as a member. 

Membership in SEA entitles you and your family to attend any of our Events, Luncheons, Day Trips, Small Groups, or Travel Excursions, and to take advantage of our amazing membership discount program. 


On average, SEA offers over 20 activities per month to our members. 

Our Events include: 

•    Monthly coffee mornings with food and shopping
•    Luncheons at amazing restaurants with great views
•    Day trips to nearby towns
•    Historical walks
•    City walks
•    Morning, afternoon, and evening food tours
•    Chinese culture talks
•    Art and museum tours
•    Exercise classes
•    Cooking classes
•    Beer, wine, gin, vodka, whisky tastings
•    Creative activities and crafts
•    Bike rides
•    Shopping tours
•    Spa days at some of Shanghai’s most luxurious spas
•    Travel within and outside of China


We also have several small groups that you can join. Our current groups are: Mahjong, leisure biking, architecture study, monthly book clubs, an international women’s choir, and a photography group.

In addition, SEA has a member discount program. The member discount program provides SEA members with discounts at restaurants, shops, and services throughout Shanghai. Please visit the Member Discounts page to learn more.

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