How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Some parents may find Shekou and Shenzhen difficult to navigate with small children. Though this is improving, there are still not many public places for changing diapers. Playgrounds are rarely found outside of schools and housing compounds.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
Currently, there are no English-speaking nanny agencies. However, Crown Shenzhen/Shekou can assist you in finding childcare providers. Alternatively, you can seek referrals from other foreign residents at work or through networking organizations.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
As in any other place, you should not let small children out of your sight. Traffic in Shenzhen is of particular concern for children's safety. Chinese drivers don't always obey traffic rules and it is not uncommon to see a car driving the wrong way. As a result, a car could come unexpectedly from any direction. Keep a close eye on children and teach them to be very cautious when near traffic.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
There are several amusement parks for children such as Happy Valley, Honey Lake, The Ocean World and Xiao Mei Sha Beach and Zoo.
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
The international schools organize many after-school activities. These include sports teams for swimming, football, basketball, volleyball and other sports. The international schools in Shenzhen compete with one another and with the international schools in nearby Guangzhou.
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 Shekou and Shenzhen. But China has no legal minimum drinking age, so parents should be aware that their children are able to buy alcoholic beverages freely.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
In Shenzhen, there are no organizations that cater to this age group exclusively.
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. They can quickly learn the local language and culture by playing with Chinese children. 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 new Chinese money inside to bring them good luck.
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