Zoo & Aquarium, Beijing
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.
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.
I guess everyone wants to see the real big and cute panda bears?! I'm shure I'm right :-)
So here are some instructions: Take subway line number 4, go to Beijing zoo station. When you get here, go out and go to the ticket office. Pay 40 Yuan ( full ticket ) and yes, you are here, ready to see the adorable pandas! Easy, isnt't it?!
Of course it will be crowded, and during summer time this is the pick season, I suppose. And yes, you will be as much popular as pandas here :-P
I highly recommend to take 1-2 bottles of water ith you , because it will be difficult to survive without them. I was in China in August and it was extremely hot. Temperature was about +36...+40C.
Back to the zoo. You will like it because zoo area is big and beautiful, and many interesting animals ( I didn't saw them before). Yes, 100% to visit!
If you come to Beijing, you have something unique that you should definitely do : Visit the pandas in Beijing Zoo. We see these lovely animals on TV and documentaries, but to see them just in front of your eyes is something special. I don't know if there are pandas available on many zoos around the world, but for me, this was the first time. If you are visiting Beijing with your family, this could be a good treat for the kids too. I suggest avoiding the weekend to enjoy the zoo more. Unfortunately, my only chance was the weekend and it was very crowded. General admission is 25 Yuan and you can also get the 40 Yuan ticket which includes a sightseeing boat trip. Due to the crowds, I had to skip the boat tour, but if you have the chance, do it. Besides the pandas, you can visit elephants, giraffes, reptiles, birds and many more. You can easily spend 3-4 hours in the zoo.
What a letdown it is for me every time I go into a Panda Express in the United States and there aren't any Panda's to view or eat. Talk about false advertising! The good news is that at the Beijing Zoo you will see the Chinese verision of Panda Express, and while they don't let you actually eat the Panda's you can see a whole bunch of them wandering around....in their cages of course. The Beijing Zoo has the largest Panda exhibit in the world and that alone is why most tourists include the zoo on their visit to China. The Panda's have a fair amount of room to roam and were also fairly active, they also had a few baby Panda's that were predictably adorable. The zoo is easy to visit as its right along the metro line and there are many other animals to see than just the cute Panda's. In fact the only way it could be anymore panderific is if they served up Panda on skewers with rice....mmm...that would be just delicious!
The panda pavilion in the zoo is well worth seeing, especially if your China trip does not take you to the pandas' natural habitat near Chengdu.
The pandas' living conditions are spacious and well kept, as befits their international celeb status!
When we were there the Chinese visitors to the panda exhibit were nice and well behaved, and sharing their vocal enthusiasm for every movement of the Gentle Giants was part od the experience.
The best part was when one panda obliged us and climbed a tree (for us, of course), and then remained perched in the tree, munching bamboo shoots.
In short: Go and see the pandas, avoid the rest of the zoo!
The Beautiful Ocean Animals, The Touch Place you can touch the starfish and sea cucumber. The Sharks you can see different kinds of sharks. Everyday has Three Perform by sea pigs and lions. The flyer is the best perform.
Beijing Zoo, situated in the west of Beijing Exhibition Center, was known for a short time after the founding of the People's Republic as the Western Suburbs Park (Xijiao Gongyuan). The grounds combine 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.
there are three parts of Beijing Zoo, East part\ West part\ North part. since the zoo is so big, if you only have few hours to be here, i think West part is better. Panda, penguin, kangaroo, giraffe...are all here. and you can also take boat go to Summer Palace from West part's pier.
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
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!!!
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.
If you are planning to go the Beijing Zoo, consider going the Beijing Aquarium as you can gain admission to both at a cheaper price. They are located next to each other of course.
The aquarium is not the best in the world but still it is fun to see a large aquarium anywhere for me. There is a seal/dolphin show and large tanks to see sea turtles as well as the Chinese sturgeons.
The only thing is that everything is in Chinese with few basic English information.
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.
Initially named The Ten Thousand Animal Garden, the zoo was built in 1908, making it 100 years old. It is located in Xicheng District of Beijing City, beside Beijing Exhibition Hall, facing Beijing Astronomical Observatory. The Zoo was originally an imperial manor during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Plants were cultivated and animals were raised here during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), Prince Foot Kang ann Mansion. After the establishment of the People's Republic of China, it was reconstructed and renamed the West Suburb Park. In 1955, the name was changed to the Beijing Zoo.
The zoo has developed rapidly and by 1987 covered an area of over 40,000 square meters. Bears, elephants, pandas, lions, tigers, songbirds, hippopotami, rhinoceroses, antelopes and giraffes were brought 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.
The Beijing Zoo now houses over 7,000 creatures of 600 different species from all over the world.
Lazy panda's eating bamboo all day- yep it's not so exciting, but it's super cute.
We saw about 4 panda's which is not the largest, but you can see them chomping away and waddling around.
You can buy panda shirts and beijing olympic 2008 shirts.
We didn't get to spend much time around the garden or the zoo, but we're told that it's a great treat!
Do not take a tour to the Garden/Zoo, you'll just be rushed through the panda garden and that's all! So take the day or at least 3 hours to see around the zoo.