Shanghai Zoo (Shanghai Dongwu Yuan), Shanghai

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See the rare giant panda at Shanghai Zoo (Shanghai Dongwu Yuan), the largest zoological garden in the city, boasting more than 6,000 animals from all over the world. Set on the verdant slopes of a repurposed golf course, the spacious zoo contains enclosures sprinkled among a vast variety of trees and lush green lawns. Exploring the zoo grounds on foot, or by shuttle bus, you can encounter rare local animals, such as the golden monkey and the South China tiger, as well as a variety of mammals, birds, and amphibians that hail from other parts of the world. Put Shanghai Zoo (Shanghai Dongwu Yuan) at the forefront of your travel plans using our Shanghai vacation trip planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    My wife and I made our way out to Shanghai Zoo to see the Pandas and also the collection of wonderful animals that they have. Unfortunately the behaviour of the other customers resulted in us leaving ...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    A big zoo to spend a full day, ideally when it's not too hot or too cold. There are so much to see and so many places to wonder about, so take your time, if you can plan the route ahead, that'll be ev...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    A visit to this zoo clearly provides example of how a zoo can be maintained not just a place to house animals but to provide visitors a lovely ambience with greenery. This zoo that is located in a vas...  more »
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  • April 30, 2017
    The stand out exhibits at the Shanghai Zoo are the Panda's which are usually a bit more playful than you see at other zoos, the Giraffes are very beautiful, Peacocks are so colorful, and the water birds. I suggest trying to spend two days there so you are not rushed. It is possible if you grab a guide to cram it into one day but it is a large zoo and there is so much to see. Go in the early morning for best experience. You can get pretty good pictures of the big cats if you have a long lens like 300mm or so. I would give it 4.5 out of 5 for a rating. There are not enough places to sit so if you have mobility problems as I do it is a big strain. Be careful with picnic tables several were weak and one I literally sat down and the other end shot into the air. It was just the grace of God that I didn't end up in the mud.
  • May 7, 2017
    Having gone to many zoos around the world I only give the Shanghai Zoo 2 stars. The zoo seems to care much more about the people then about the animals. Loud music played from speakers all around the park, the animals must be crazy from it. Also, a Kiddie rides right next to them loud! The enclosures need to be update, many old. NO feeding the animals, like the signs say! What I could not believe was that parents had their young children going to the bathroom out in the open (I saw at least 4). There were many FREE bathrooms all over the park to use, please use them!! With all the security guards walking around they should be doing something.
  • June 6, 2017
    Terrible. They have a great variety of animals but they all look so malnourished... Some are chained up. They have little space to move around. Tiny cages and little vegetation for many of them. The main attractions are well catered for but for the most part we didn't feel like they were well looked after at all unfortunately. Plus the amount of locals that fed and taunted the animals was horrific. No staff going around telling anyone off. Horrible to see when there are signs up everywhere saying not to feed the animals.
  • April 24, 2017
    The two young pandas were VERY active and playful on the morning we visited! Well organized exhibitions, not so crowded when you compare Shanghai Zoo against Bronx Zoo.
  • May 28, 2017
    A wonderfull visit with our children and our fmaily in Shanghai. A very vaste Park. 👍 了不起!

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