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How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?

Chengdu is well equipped with plenty of playgrounds and parks for toddlers, but you will not find any public places for changing diapers. Therefore, you should plan ahead before going out with a small child otherwise you will have to use a regular public restroom if they need their diaper changed.
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Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?

One of the most effective ways to find a reliable childcare provider is through word-of-mouth. Ask other expatriates, neighbors, your landlord, co-workers and friends to see if they can recommend someone. You may also want to check some of the public bulletin boards located at supermarkets where other expatriates shop. If you do not have any luck using the suggestions above, contact your Human Resources Director or Crown Chengdu.
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Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.

Chengdu is a safe environment for children, though it is recommended that you speak to your local school to find out whether there are any particular concerns specific for your area. Children should always be accompanied and supervised by an adult and should never talk to strangers. And, unlike some places, traffic is very dangerous here so it is advised you teach your children how to be cautious especially when crossing the street.
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What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?

There are so many places to go to in Chengdu to learn about its history and customs. There are temples, museums and other historical sights, all of which are interesting and enjoyable at the same time. Chengdu also has its share of fun places such as parks and zoos.

Below are just a few examples of fun and cool places where you can spend the entire day with friends and family. They are:

  • You le Yuan Park - this amusement park is in the north of the city and features a ferris wheel, a small roller coaster and many other exciting rides.

  • Dong Wu Yuan Zoo - this zoo is in the north part of the city and features a selection of animals including bears and giant pandas.

  • Chengdu Zoo/Panda Research Base - a 45 minute drive north of the city, this is one of the only places in the world where it is possible to actually pet a panda. Set within a beautiful landscaped parkland, there are 10 giant pandas, rare golden-hair monkeys and many other animals to see!

  • RenMing Park - this park has a lake with paddle boats, teahouses, children's rides and an unusual underground tram ride. It is a great way to spend the day.

  • Wangjianglou Park - this unique park is located on the south bank of the Jinjiang River, and features 104 types of bamboo and the famous Xue Tao Well. Also, you can visit the Wangjiang Tower which was built in memory of Zuetao, a famous female poet of the Tang Dynasty.

For more information on other places to explore, visit the websites listed below or contact Crown Chengdu.
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What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?

Kids in Chengdu are very involved in after school activities and sports. They love to play basketball, tennis, badminton or ride their bicycles. They also enjoy going to the movies, game arcades and shopping with friends.
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What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?

Being a teenager in Chengdu is similar to other places. As mentioned above, they love to spend time with their friends and do fun things. Adjustment to any new place takes time, but we feel once they get settled in and meet new friends, they are going to love it here!
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Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?

Local schools and churches are good sources for getting all youth group and activity information for your area. For further assistance, contact Crown Chengdu.
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I want my child to get the most out of our stay in this country. Are there any specific opportunities to teach young people about the local culture?

Chengdu is a very historical city full of many historical sites, temples and holy places which can be visited. The local culture is also taught in the school system and children will also find that their public library is a good resource. Additionally, there are several local events that occur on a weekly basis that teach young people all about the local culture. Check with your local library for up to date happenings in each area.
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