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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?

Some parents with small children may find Guangzhou challenging. Though this is improving, there are still not many public places for changing diapers. In addition, playgrounds are rarely found outside of schools and housing compounds.
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Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?

Currently, there are no English-speaking nanny agencies. However, Crown Guangzhou can assist you in finding childcare providers. Alternatively, you can seek referrals from other foreign residents at work or through networking organizations.
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Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.

As in many other countries, you should not let small children out of your sight. Of particular concern for children's safety in Guangzhou is the traffic. Chinese drivers don't always obey traffic rules and it is not uncommon to see a car driving the wrong way. As a result, car could come unexpectedly from any direction. When near traffic, keep a close eye on children and teach them to be very cautious.
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What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?

There are many amusement parks and places of interest for children such as Dongfang Le Yuan, South Lake (Nanhu) Park, Teenager Palace, Sun Island, Baomo Garden and the Guangzhou Zoo.
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What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?

The international schools organize many after-school activities. This include sports teams for swimming, football, basketball, volleyball and other sports. The international schools in Guangzhou compete with each other and also with the schools in nearby Shenzhen.
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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?

Teenagers generally enjoy themselves in Guangzhou. But, China has no legal minimum drinking age, so parents should be aware that their children will be able to buy alcoholic beverages freely.
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Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?

Currently, organizations catering exclusively to this age group are limited to those within the international schools.
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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?

Living in China gives your children a unique opportunity to learn the Chinese language. If you let them play with Chinese kids, they can quickly learn the local language and culture. A fun way to learn about the culture is to participate in China's colorful festivals, such as the Chinese Spring Festival (Chun Jie) and of course the Lunar New Year, when you should remember to give them a red envelope with brand new Chinese money inside to bring them good luck.
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Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.


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