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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?
There are not many public places specifically set aside for changing diapers. In addition, playgrounds are rare outside of schools and housing compounds.
Reliable nannies and child minders usually come from word of mouth. Often child minders are referred from old expats to new.
Roads are very dangerous, so be aware of your child at all times.
Children can take up martial arts or join some local activities like the local dance class. Some enjoy swimming at the hotel pools.
During the winter there are many Ice Festivals, however low temperatures can make this unsuitable for every child.
There are not many expat children in Harbin.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
There are not many teenagers in this city. Please bear in mind that this city has a very small expat community and is not really prepared for families.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Please contact Crown Harbin for details.
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?
Learning Chinese martial arts is a great opportunity. In addition, children may like to learn writing Chinese characters with a calligraphy brush. Private Chinese tutoring at home is relatively inexpensive, so this is also popular.
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