I have just moved into Yanlord building 11. The facilities here are excellent for children (although I have none myself we have loads of amily and friends visiting with young children so it was a good reason to move here). I cannot say much about Shimao as I have only seen 2 apartments there but they do seem more modern and spacious, whereas the Yanlord apartments seem alot older and may need more maintenance. However, Yanlord have 2 balconies one off the main living area which I think is better than Shimao having either no balcony or one of a guest bedroom? It all depends on your priorities. If hotel style apartments and no balconies are good for you then Shimao...if you want balcony, closer to metro and town but don't mnd a "not so elegant" apartment then Yanlord is a good choice. Oh and the English spoken by Yanlord staff isn't so good but your agent can help with that. Yanlord seems safe for children with at least 2 lifeguards at the large pools and they seem well maintained. There are lots of play areas for children. Hope this helps!