Beijing Zoo, Beijing
So I wanted to see a panda and the best place for that is the Beijing Zoo! You will see them doing their everyday eating of bamboo leaves, moving slowly about and sleeping. But other than the panda, the zoo also has wonderful flower garden and lotus pools. You will enjoy walking around these scenic grounds!
The original name of this zoo. which is located at located in the Xicheng District, was Ten Thousand Animal Garden in 1908. Even during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). plants were cultivated and animals were raised here. Then after the liberation, it was reconstructed and was known as the West Suburb Park. And in 1955, the name became Beijing Zoo.
With over 50,000 square meters to fill, the zoo has collections of the Golden Monkey, the White Bear from the North Pole, kangaroos, zebra, lions, tigers and elephants. All in all, it has a collection of more than 600 types of animal species and more than 7, 000 population of animals! Amazing place!
The Beijing Zoo is also adjacent to the Beijing Aquarium. The ticket price for each includes the other.
The Beijing Aquarium is the largest inland aquarium in the world, and has an Amazon rainforest, a marine mammal pavilion, a shark tank, and a dolphin show
Id like to start by insisting that i do not like to see animals pent up in tiny, inhumane conditions, where the cages are regularly filfthy and disgusting. And that is the state of Beijing Zoo, one of the largest in the world.
The actual site is not too bad, although there maybe a few too many stalls selling panda hats and flags etc.
Why i recommend visiting, is purely because of the vast range of animal species. Fair enough it wasnt top of my list, but i certainly enjoyed it. The New Aquarium is huge, and by far the best part. Being so intimate with the animals is good to; the fact that the cages are much smaller than in most zoos means you are bound to see them.
Definitely make sure you visit the monkey enclosure and the bear pit. And they wont allow you to leave until youve seen the gorgeous Giant Pandas.
It was second visit to the Beijing Zoo. I was glad to see so many pandas. You need to buy another ticket to go into the Panda house besides the Zoo entry.
There were 8 new pandas from Sichuan on exhibit for the Olympic Games.
So there was more pandas at one place other than the Panda reserves in Chengdu and Woolong.
As usual, the pandas are usually sleeping or eating bamboo leaves.
Beijing Zoo is the second zoo that I went in China. Great to see the pandas this time not behind cage but a glass wall. As usual, the pandas are either snoozing or eating their favorite and only food - bamboo leaves.
There are other rare animals in the zoo like the Golden Monkey, lesser pandas, endangered cranes but we only had limited time to explore the zoo. So most of the time was spent with the pandas and Golden Monkey of the southern China.
The Beijing Zoo is more than just pandas. There are endangered endemic species like Golden Monkey, Lesser panda and rare crested ibis which are cranes which has been artificially bred and being reintroduced into the wild.
The zoo is actually like a park with boatings and long walks over bridges and ponds.
Zoo closes at 6pm and security personnel a little bit overzealous in clearing crowd. The indoor snake amphibian house has the lights turned off and causing crowded evacuation.
We only went to the zoo to see the panda bears. The panda bears have their own house and this was one of the more modern buildings. I think the rest of the zoo looked out of date.
Beijing Zoo also contains an aquarium, but I didn't go there so don't know if it's any good.
A crazy story: It was very hot in the zoo the day we went there, and the panda bears didn't move much. A drunk Chinese jumped over the fence and tried to get the panda moving. It worked and he was bitten by one of the bears. Didn't see it, but read about it in the newspaper a couple of days later. Crazy!!!
I didn't spend much time at the zoo as I found the whole experience quite upsetting. The animals were in horrible cages with little comfort and stimulating activities or surroundings. I did however want to see the Panda's so that was my only reason for visiting here.
The zoo is in the same place as the aquarium so you can buy a combined ticket.
China has the exclusive of the remaining animals of this nice species, and that’s reason enough to include a visit to the zoo in all packages. Be prepared to see more heads and backs than pandas, and, while waiting your turn, think a while about our role in this world, as the only creature able to think, plan, organize or… destroy.
Five Pagoda Temple (Wutasi) is an Indish looking temple in the north of Beijing Zoo. It has been constructed in 1473. It is a very surprising building, looking very exotic in the middle of modern appartement-houses.
It houses the Stone Carving Art Museum. The museum stores about 6000 stone sculptures of different dynasties.
Nice way to spend a few hours of free time in Beijing. Blue Zoo Beijing was the first walk-through aquarium established in Beijing, the capital of China. Blue Zoo Beijing is the largest aquarium of its type in Asia. The main attraction is the central tank holding 3.5 million litres of artificially produced salt water. A complete eco-system has been created in this tank to allow thousands of fish to live in as natural an environment as possible.
The Beijing Zoo is China’s largest and purportedly its best. I had heard horror stories regarding the condition of the Shanghai Zoo and the behavior of the people, but observing similar conditions and behavior first hand still came as a bit of shock. With few exceptions, the animals were kept in small cages that contained little more than concrete floors, food trays, and a branch or two or an elevated platform on which to lie. Many of the animals appeared malnourished and sickly, and nearly all of them looked stressed. Given the number of people banging on glass and shouting at and throwing things at the animals, it’s little wonder why. Some such behavior can be expected from kids, but these were adults. I would suggest boycotting these zoos until this behavior changes, but, if you are desperate to see Giant Pandas, you will see them and more than 500 other neglected species for Y35.
Wary of zoos, I chose to go to the Beijing Zoo nonetheless since it was on the way to Summer Palace and it was my only chance to see pandas on this trip.
I found the poor old pandas in probably the worst enclosures in the zoo,which is odd considering they are probably the big attraction. The zoo seems rooted in 1960's.A lot of money and effort was being put into upgrading the parks side of the zoo. I hope the pandas are in line for their share too.
Situated in Xicheng District, the Beijing Zoo is a zoo combining cultivated flower gardens with stretches of natural scenery, including dense groves of trees, stretches of grassland, a small stream, lotus pools and small hills dotted with pavilions and halls.
Bears, elephants, pandas, lions, tigers, songbirds, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, antelopes and giraffes were brought there in the late 1950s and a gorilla cage, leaf-monkey cage and aquarium house was opened containing specimens of over 100 species of reptiles from all over the world, including crocodiles and pythons.
Now the zoo has over 7,000 creatures of 600 different species, including the giant panda, red-crowned crane and deer-all unique to China-as well as the African giraffe, rhinoceros, chimpanzee and antelope; the wild ox from Europe and the elephant and gibbon from India.
Address: Xizhimenwai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
By Bus: Bus No. 27, 347, 360, 632, 634, 714.
The zoo is located outside Xizhimen Beijing. During Ming Dynasty, the Beijing zoo as the site of an imperial park. In the late Qing times, it was an experimental field for farming arts and zoo was put up there. In 1908, Empress Dowager Cixi did another rebuilding job and used it to house a collection of 700 animals imported from Germany, was therefore called Wanshengyuan (the ten thousand animals garden). After 1949, it was officially given name “ Beijing Zoo”.
A lot of constructions have been built ever since for monkeys, elephants, bears, tigers and lions, deer, hippos, reptiles, pandas, aquatic fowls and small animals. The collection of animals here has been growing both in species and Quantity. One can see here animals peculiar to China such as giant pandas, golden hair monkeys, tufted deer, wild horses, white-lipped deer, and also exotic animals from other parts of the world such as gorillas, polar bears, giraffes, African elephants and penguins
Lots of animals but their accomodations are not the Forbidden City. There are a lot of Pandas and many other animals. Take your walking shoes as this zoo is big in terms of area. Admission to the zoo including the Pandas is 15RMB. It is cheaper if you don't want to see the pandas.
The pandas have nicer accomodations than when we were here in 1990