Integrated communities bridge age gaps

Updated: Dec 14, 2023 By Li Menghan Print
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Photo shows a mother and her child talking with a community doctor at the Binfen Community in Hangzhou's Binjiang district, Zhejiang province. [Photo provided to]

Consisting of five resettlement-housing residential areas, the Binfen Community is a typical example of a mixture of residents from all walks of life and of different ages in the pilot communities. Around 40 percent of the population is original to the community and others are renters, most of whom are young employees of high-tech enterprises.

The community provides a variety of facilities and services, such as professional childcare centers, supermarkets, hospitals, fitness centers and interest-oriented classes.

External elevators have been installed to address the problem of seniors struggling to go up and down the stairs. Baby strollers have dedicated parking areas, young people working overtime have 24-hour convenience stores, and every resident and even their pets can have their own family doctors.

The public activity hall often holds various activities such as free clinics, dessert making and traditional handicraft techniques classes. Through on-site and online registration, residents can both have free access to these activities and organize their own events.

"The operating model of integrated community effectively bridges the gap between the young and the old, as well as urban and rural individuals who have relocated to the area due to resettlement," said a community officer surnamed Xuan. "It fosters a friendlier atmosphere for a promising future."

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