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 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
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.
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.
I must say it was something that i really wanted to see... the Pandas... even though i know i should not expect too much.
I should say I was right.. the ONLY thing that you should even spend time on should be the Pandas.. the rest, i felt more sad looking at them then excited...
Not sure if it's coz of the sand storms there that make the place look permanently sandly/dusty/dirty or it's really so
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Pandas are undoubtedly the reason why people go to the Beijing Zoo. Anyhow, there are plenty of other species to be seen as well. Especially the polar bears were extra cute, bathing and playing on an extremely hot summer day!
The Beijing Zoo, flanked on either side by monumental Capital Gymnasium and Soviet-built Exhibition Center is a great attraction. For sure you mustn't miss the Panda House. I have to admit, that's the only reason why I visited the zoo. You can join the queues to have your photo taken sitting astride a plastic replica then push your way through to glimpse the living variety.
I took some photos when the Pandas lie on their backs in their luxury pad and eating bamboo.
Open daily 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. ; 15 Yuan
If it wasn't for the pandas this is an very missable attraction. The zoo doesn't look very well run and the accomodation for the animals is very tatty. However the animals look to be in reasonable condition despite this. But the Giant Pandas are the real attraction.
I used to go to Beijing zoo very often in my university time, you can see pandas in the zoo. Another part of this zoo is Beijing aquarium.
The Aquarium was quite impressive. The tanks of exotic, colourful fish was just beautiful. The shark tank was awesome.
They put on two shows, a seal show and then a dolphin show. Very entertaining.