JD is enjoying the various local parks in Shenzhen - so much better than the Kunming parks. There is one about 20 minutes walk from the flat (which we have been given use of) which has a huge children's section, with (free) sandpits as well as the usual climbing frames, swings, slides and see-saws. Unfortunately, with temperatures of up to 36°C and 90% humidity, you can't be out playing for more than an hour or so and chilled water bottles are pretty much a necessity. There's another area with free "gym equipment", so you can lift weights, do sit-ups and practise cross-country skiing whenever you feel the urge.
JD is very much into water and sand these days; filling, transporting, digging, etc. We always take a range of construction toys, buckets, spades and moulds [see photo above]. The only problem is that Chinese children aren't so well prepared, so within a couple of minutes of arriving at the sandpit there can be 3-4 local kids "borrowing" his toys ...and JD hasn't quite got the hang of sharing things just yet! So I've started taking him to more secluded places [see photo left] where he can dig to his heart's desire.
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