Beijing Zoo, Beijing
Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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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Christine M S
We had been reassured that the pandas in Beijing zoo were much better off than the rest of the animals there, and as seeing pandas was on my daughterts bucket list, we went there. The place was a disa... read more »
Most parts of the zoo have been renovated over the past years, and animals are now in much better conditions. If you have limited time, don't expect to see everything in the zoo 'cos it's a very large... read more »
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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.
Beijing Zoo is a zoological park in Beijing. It is situated to the west of Beijing Exhibition Center and was known for a short time after the founding of the People's Republic as the Western Suburbs Park (Xijiao Gongyuan). The zoo occupies an area of 89 hectares (220 acres), including 5.6 hectares (14 acres) of lakes and ponds. It is one of the oldest zoos in China and has one of the largest animal collections in the country. The zoo and its aquarium have over 450 species of land animals and over 500 species of marine animals. In all, it is home to 14,500 animals. More than six million visitors come to the zoo each year. Like many other Beijing parks, the zoo's grounds resemble classical Chinese gardens, with flower beds amidst natural scenery, including dense groves of trees, stretches of meadows, small streams and rivers, lotus pools and hills dotted with pavilions and historical buildings. History In the 18th century, the zoo was known as the Sanbeizi Gardens, supposedly named after the third son of Emperor Kangxi, Prince Cheng Yin. In fact, as early as the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), an imperial mansion called the Garden of Happiness and Friendship constructed for Prince Kang stood here. And during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), part of the Sanbeizi Gardens called the Garden of Continuity (Jiyuan) became the private property of an official in the Bureau of Palace Affairs. In 1906, during the reign of Emperor Guangxu, the park area became an agricultural experimental farm and a zoo. Known as the Garden of Ten Thousand Animals (Wanshengyuan), it opened to the public in 1908. Under the successive rule of the Northern Warlords, the Japanese and the Kuomintang, the park became increasingly desolate. The only elephant died in 1937, and the Japanese, under the pretext of protecting themselves against air raids, poisoned the remaining lions, tigers and leopards. On the eve of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the park housed only 12 monkeys, two parrots and a blind emu. The park was reopened to the public in 1950, and on Apr.10th, 1955 formally named the Beijing Zoo. The Beijing Zoo is best known for its collection of rare animals endemic to China including the Giant Pandas, which are zoo's most popular animals, the golden snub-nosed monkey, South China Tiger, white-lipped deer, Pere David's Deer, Crested Ibis, Chinese Alligator and the Chinese Giant Salamander. Other endangered or threatened species include Siberian tiger, yak, Przewalski's horse, snow leopard, Tibetan gazelle, and kiang. The zoo also has a broad collection of mega-fauna such as lions, jaguars, clouded leopards, Asian and African elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, black bears, polar bears, tapirs, sea turtles, penguins, gorillas, chimpanzees, kangaroos, muntjac, addax, zebras, otters, bats, flamingos and lemurs. The Beijing Zoo has 13 of the world's 15 species of cranes. The zoo is also a center of zoological research that studies and breeds rare animals from various continents.
Awful. The cheetah had a cage so small it could barely pace. Fastest land animal couldn't even jog. I was forced to go here with my company. Don't go here willingly.
The pandas are soooooooooo cute
Prices are very reasonable and very good quality souvenirs ;-)
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