How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
You will find these facilities, however they are not as numerous in Tianjin. Playgrounds are rare outside of schools and housing compounds.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
Contact Crown Tianjin for suggestions.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Tianjin is a relatively safe place to be. Despite the fact that a lost child will be in an environment where most people don't speak English, local Chinese are often very caring toward children and are particularly fond of foreign kids.
Just be careful when crossing the road. If you use common sense when out and about with your children, there shouldn't be any major problems. See the "Transport" section for more details.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Tianjin Amusement Park, Tianjin Nature Museum, Tianjin Water Park
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Basketball, swimming and soccer are all very popular.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
On the whole, teenagers enjoy themselves in Tianjin. An expat teen in Tianjin can lead a lifestyle that's similar to his or her counterparts in the West.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
International schools tend to be at the center of such groups/activities.
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?
In general, children tend to easily pick up the local language and culture (especially the language, often becoming the "mouthpiece" for the family). Children who go to international schools receive lessons in Chinese tradition in addition to learning the language.
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