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Go ahead and bring the kids along to The Peninsula Shanghai, since the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel offers babysitting services. English-speaking sitters are available for RMB100 (US$16) per hour, and babysitters who speak French, German, Korean and Japanese for RMB200 (US$32) per hour (prices exclude the hotel’s standard 15 percent service charge). To book a babysitter, you’ll need to contact the concierge 24 hours in advance. Sitters are well trained by the Five-Star hotel and will entertain your offspring while you’re in meetings or out painting the town red. Keep in mind that tipping is not common in China; so while it is generous to give gratuity to your babysitter, especially if she’s done a particularly good job, you don’t need to feel compelled to do so.