Beijing Zoo is now the biggest zoo in China with over 450 species of land animals and over 500 species of marine animals, about 14,500 animals in total. It features pandas, elephants, gorillas, and dolphins and sharks, all in a scenic Chinese garden setting.
English Name: Beijing Zoo
Chinese Name: 北京动物园
Attraction Type: Beijing Attraction, Museum
Best Time to Visit: Whole year
Recommended Visiting Time: about 6 hours
Admission Fee: CNY 15
Address in English: No. 137 Xizhimen Outer Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Address in Chinese: 北京西城区西直门外大街137号
Why is Beijing Zoo so Special?
It is the earliest zoo in China to open and has the largest number of animals on display. Raising more than 500 species of exhibition animals and more than 5,000 animals; There are more than 500 species of marine fish and more than 10,000 marine organisms. Every year, it receives more than 6 million Chinese and foreign tourists. It is one of the largest zoos in China and also a world-famous zoo.
Where is Beijing Zoo?
Beijing Zoo is located on Xizhimen Outer Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, and is adjacent to Beijing Exhibition Hall and Moscow Restaurant in the east. It covers an area of 86 hectares and has a water surface of 8.6 hectares.
Main Attraction of Beijing Zoo
Beijing Zoo consists of 16 different exhibition areas and exhibition halls. The most popular is the Panda House. Founded in 1989, it covers an area of 2.5 acres (10,000 square meters) and provides an impressive aesthetic landscape, taking into account the practical considerations of raising this large physical animal. The interior of the hall replicates the style of traditional Chinese gardens and takes the form of Artest’s pool diagram.
Another famous hall, the gorilla hall, was built two years ago in 1987. This building contains a series of artificial hillocks and wooden animal installations, which are set against the background of the attractive gorilla murals. Facilities for gorillas include a medical room, a mating room and an expert feeding room. The hall itself is decorated with a series of rockeries and pools.
All halls and exhibition areas are carefully constructed to ensure animals enjoy a comfortable and healthy living environment.
The Beijing Aquarium strongly recommends anyone who visits the Beijing Zoo. The aquarium opened in 1999 and is widely regarded by tourism agencies as one of the country’s top attractions. It is actually the largest inland aquarium in the world. Aquariums feature thousands of different aquatic species-piranhas, rare Chinese sturgeons, giant walruses and ferocious sharks are the highlights. Visitors can also enjoy dolphin, sea lion and whale performances in the aquarium’s hong kong ocean park.
Here, tourists also have the opportunity to taste some nearby historical relics: Lemarck Hall was built to commemorate the life of famous French natural historian Lemarcq (1744-1829) and was also used as a research base for Chinese plant science.
The Song Jiao Ren Memorial Tower is also on the website. Song (1882-1913) was one of the early leaders of the Kuomintang, but was assassinated shortly after he was elected Chinese premier in 1913.
Another historic place is the Long Crown Tower: a two-story baroque building made of brick and wood. At the end of the 19th century, it was occupied by Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908), who was the ruler of the Qing Dynasty from 1861 to 1908. It is said that Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), founder of the Kuomintang, also lived in this hall.
With the support of the Chinese government, after 90 years of continuous development, Beijing Zoo has become one of the largest zoos in China. It provides tens of thousands of people with the opportunity to witness strange species and also lets tourists know more about the life of animals living with us.
Best Time to Travel Beijing Zoo
September and October are the best travel times.
Autumn is the most beautiful season in Beijing. As autumn grows stronger, the leaves of various trees are still fresh green, some are beginning to yellow, and some are brilliant red and flowery. Around October, the red leaves of Xiangshan Mountain became more and more red and more colorful. People who climbed the mountain to admire the red leaves came in an endless stream. In the morning after the autumn rain, the air was clear and clear.
How to Get There
- By Subway:
Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Dongwuyuan (Beijing Zoo) Station. Get out from Exit B and you can see the south gate of the zoo.
- By Bus:
1. Take bus 27, 87, 105, 107, 111, 332, 347, 360, 362, 534, 563, 632, Special Line 4 or 19, Yuntong 104, Yuntong 105 or Yuntong 106 and get off at Dongwuyuan Station.
2. Take bus 7, 15, 16, 19, 45, 65, 102, 103, 334, 360, or 695 and get off at Dongwuyuan Hub Station.
Tips for Beijing Zoo
|Type||Apr. to Oct.||Nov. to next Mar.|
|Zoo Entrance Fee||CNY 15||CNY 10|
|Combo Ticket (Zoo + Panda Hall)||CNY 19||CNY 14|
|Beijing Aquarium||CNY 150|
|Sightseeing Car||CNY 10 per person|
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