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Beijing Zoo, Beijing

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Explore a historic research center which studies, breeds, and shelters one of largest collections of animals in the country, Beijing Zoo. One of China's oldest zoos, built during the late Qing Dynasty, the compound occupies an area of 89 hectares (220 acres) and receives about six million visitors annually. Take a stroll through traditional Chinese gardens under dense groves of trees and observe all sorts of animal species, including the most popular giant pandas. You can also visit the nation's biggest aquarium and watch shows performed by sea lions and dolphins. You must purchase a ticket to visit the zoo. To visit Beijing Zoo on your holiday in Beijing, and find out what else Beijing has to offer, use our Beijing vacation generator.
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  • Beijing Zoo is not a must - except to see the Pandas in real. Went there with the kids and was disappointed of how Amal and old the enclosures for the animals are. Except the Pandas that have a nicer ...  more »
  • What a experience!If you need the loos make sure you take a English map and a Chinese map,! Also there's 2 sorts off loos, so you don't get shocked! The toilet paper isn't in the loos as you think! It...  more »
  • Some of the animals (especially the elephants) were hard to watch, because of their small cages... the pandas looked ok, but the rest? So sad...  more »
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  • They do not clean or keep up with the pandas atmosphere looks like a junk yard. Pandas need green grass and trees they need see lots of green and a pool. I saw couple pandas with only rocks. During summer they need ice play with and a pool. I saw none of that. China suppose represent pandas. At the zoo they treat the worst. Other zoos treat there pandas so much better.
  • The Beijing Zoo: Where the Pandas are the Kings! It opens daily from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM, 5:00 PM in the winter. Just like the Old China, the Zoo resembles the past, with cages and animals. It is located in the Xicheng District and there are over 500 species of animals. For example, there are golden monkeys, tigers, birds, and Pandas. This facility has close to 20 exhibitions. The Panda Hall was built in 1989 and covers an area of 2 acres. The government has taken care of ensuring that all animals have a space and they seemed content…well the Pandas especially seemed to be happy animals. Another site worth see is the Gorilla Hall. It was constructed in 1987. All the animals have access to veterinarians, food and recreation. The Gorillas are extraordinary and bright. In fact, one wink at me! While you are there make sure to visit the Aquarium. It has coral reefs and an Amazon type of rainforest. There is also a shark pool, whales, dolphins and more. Another site you might see is the Song Jiaoren Memorial Tower. A national hero, Song was assassinated in 1903 when he became a prime minister. There is also a site called Changguanlou. This is a two storied, baroque-style building constructed from brick and wood. In the late-19th century the Empress Dowager Cixi occupied it. She was one of the most powerful women in Imperial China. From a king concubine she borne an emperor a son and that did it! The building is simply beautiful. A bystander told me that at time you could see her ghost standing by the widows! I was happy to just see the beloved pandas. You can get to the Zoo by boat from the Summer Palace. The boats are the Royal Boat Cruise and for about 15 dollars you can stop in vary places. There are the city buses and also the subway line 4, to which you would get off at Dong Wu Yuan Station. Leave the station from exit B and you will be at the entrance of this entertaining Zoo. There is a gift shop…take home a little panda and place it somewhere in your house…think back of your time in China and keep on going – travel and see the world with open eyes and heart.
  • Good place to see Pandas. Vast area , you need a whole day to cover. Animals are not kept in good condition. In any case it is must place to visit in Beijing!
  • The animals were kept in sparse and barren conditions. Most of the animals looked depressed and lethargic, with some pacing around its cages continuously (and anxiously). I don't recommend visiting this zoo unless you want to see really sad-looking animals.
  • Lovely ambiance and a huge space, but to say the animals are poorly looked after is a huge understatement. Tigers so thin their ribs stick out and lay around, unmoving. Snake cages aren't properly climate-controlled, so they seek refuge in their water dishes. Guests showing up with grocery bags full of food to feed the obese zebras right under the "No feeding" signs. Ostriches with no feathers on their bodies. Rhinos walking round and round in tiny enclosures, a tell-tale sign of distress. Sadly, I could go on. It's really, really tragic and had I known, we never would have gone. As it was we left early and went on a long walk to clear our heads.