As the territory's sole provider of horseracing and legal gambling facilities, the HKJC maybe the largest single taxpayer in Hong Kong (in 2004-2005, about 9.7 percent of all government taxes came from the HKJC). But it is much admired for its non-profit business model, as it donates its surplus to charities and community projects to the tune of $1 billion a year.
Doing Hong Kong is a social network for expatriates and executives that attend events around Hong Kong. It has a “buddy” service, where members can invite people with similar interests to activities they plan to attend and vice versa. Both annual membership and visitor membership are available.
It all started with a no-frills Soviet camera called the Lomo. Lomography enthusiasts use these vintage analogue cameras to produce unique snapshots. They have a simple ethos: “don’t think, just shoot.” Many of the shots are taken at unusual angles, producing saturated colors and artful blurring. This local club runs online forums, galleries and competitions. You can pick up cameras and accessories at the store in Sheung Wan.
The society offers a place for railway fanatics to gather every month to share their assembled treasures and insights about railway collections. Learn more about railways by attending seminars, or sign up for visits to railway-related firms in China. Times of its monthly meetings are posted on the website.
Established in 1921, the HKPS is the oldest philatelic organization in Hong Kong and currently has more than 350 members. As one of the founding members of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately and a member of the Federation Internationale Philatelie, it organized the first international stamp exhibition in 1997, and national exhibitions such as Hongpex and Hong Kong Stampex. Members meet once a month at their club house and library in Wan Chai, where the society also holds postal auctions.
Formed by a group of enthusiastic bridge players, the HKCBA is the official representative to World Bridge Federation. It hosts international, national and interclub bridge tournaments, and runs classes and talks in association with the Leisure Services and Cultural Department.
This is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors while getting up close with the local wildlife. The club runs regular outings, including weekend rambles in the city’s nature reserves and country parks, and wildlife photography expeditions. All ages are welcome.
HARTS is a member of the International Amateur Radio Union, representing Hong Kong's amateur radio operators for more than 70 years. It aims to promote the science and practice of amateur radio communications and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas. The society maintains repeaters on Tai Mo Shan, Tate's Cairn, Victoria Peak and Tin Sui Wai for voluntary radio support services and emergency communication. It meets once a month, check website for details.
This is a non-profit cultural and social organization formed by Latin American and Spanish women with the aim of promoting and fostering friendship. It organizes regular social events.
Formed in 1974 "by a group of zealots who had nothing better to do.” It organizes monthly happy hour parties and various other activities. Annual membership fee is open to everybody.