Zoo & Aquarium, Beijing

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    See a Panda (of course) at the Beijing Zoo!

    by jumpingnorman Written Jan 31, 2009

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    Panda eating bamboo at Beijing Zoo

    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

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    Noahs Ark (in a Cage)

    by jono84 Written Aug 2, 2004

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    The pandas have the only decent enclosure

    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.

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    Beijing Aquarium

    by jane307 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Little sea pig

    Wonderful experience!!!
    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.

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    Beijing Zoo - Panda House

    by SLLiew Written Sep 20, 2008

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    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.

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    See the pandas

    by SLLiew Written Oct 11, 2006

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    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.

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    Beijing Aquarium - Haiyangguan

    by SLLiew Written Sep 21, 2008

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    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.

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    Beijing Zoo - Golden Monkeys and others

    by SLLiew Written Sep 21, 2008

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    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.

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    Beijing Zoo

    by ValbyDK Updated Oct 5, 2008

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    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!!!

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    sad and depressing

    by rosie235 Written Jul 20, 2007

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    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.

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    Pandas

    by solopes Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    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.

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    Five Pagoda Temple

    by nepalgoods Updated Oct 29, 2004

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    Five Pagoda Temple

    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.

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    A Home for Fish

    by Princess_Emily Written Apr 5, 2008

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    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.

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    Blue Zoo

    by Princess_Emily Written Apr 5, 2008

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    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.

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    An Animal Prison

    by bsfreeloader Written May 21, 2007

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    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.

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    The Zoo

    by wwroam Written Oct 11, 2005

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    eating and sitting

    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.

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