Attraction No.18 Gaoliangqiaoxie Street, Haidian District, Beijing 100081, China Published on: 02-08-2016
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Why Beijing Aquarium is special ?
Located in Beijing Zoo, it is the largest and most advanced inland aquarium in China, covering a total area of 4.2 hectares. It is designed in conch shape with orange and blue as its main color, symbolizing the mysterious vast sea and endless vitality of marine life. It has six halls: Rainforest Wonder, Shark Hall, Whale and Dolphin Bay, Seabed Travel, Feel Pool and Ocean Theater.
Visitors will be fascinated by the beautiful blue world upon entering it and where the unforgettable journey of getting close to ocean creatures begins. One will also feel like returning to mother nature upon entering the miniature rainforest that consists the primary jungles of the Amazon Basin, home to over 100 species of rainforest fish and fresh water fish.
What to explore at Beijing Aquarium?
Tropical Forests: The meandering paths, the down-pouring waterfalls, the zigzagging brooks, the mystic statues and the ever-chirping birds all remind any perambulator they are in the miniature version of the mysterious Amazon primeval forest.
The Touchable Pond: Here you can touch all kinds of mollusks of different shapes and forms, and not acapella. The waves sound is your band. Kids would jump into the Touchable Tank to enjoy all the fun a giant sea turtle can bring them. Main Aquatic Species: Sea urchin, Sea anemone, Starfish, Hermit crab, China Limulus.
The Undersea Loop: A tour in the giant undersea loop finds you beginning the tour from the South China sea and moves onto the East Pacific, the India Ocean, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and then finish your tour inside this giant acrylic plastic loop like Alice out from her wonderland.
The Shark Pier:The biggest acrylic plastic showcase shelf, the mysteriously dark ocean bed, and the shark bearing its killer teeth right in front of you ,scraping by with the skin of its teeth all remind you that you are standing in front of a big 3D display tube that can give you a holistic vision of the contents.
Chinese sturgeon Hall: Looking through the transparent acrylic plastic tube , you can see a live rendition of the habitat and the reproduction process. And you can also get further info from the bulletins which give real insight into the legendary and charming life of a sturgeon. The underwater sturgeon feeding demonstration showcased how man and this creature coexists harmoniously. Main attractions: Sturgeons and underwater sturgeon feeding demonstration.
The Dolphin-whale Bay:This place is home to some really smart aquatic creatures. The friendship between the dolphins and the trainers are forged during the daily training and visitors can also have a man-to-dolphin session. Trainers will also tell you some interesting stories about the whales.
The Oceanic Theater: The romantic and Hawaiiresque oceanic theater can hold more than 3000 visitors and is very popular among the visitors. The diversified performances by these animals on the sapphire-like water constantly earn stand ovation from the excited audiences. Main attractions: Flying-rocket man, Sea lions, dolphins playing balls, etc.
How to get to Beijing Aquarium?
Subway: Subway Line 4: get off at Zoo Station, get out of the station from Exit A (northwest exit), and you'll find the south gate of Zoo where it is located.
Bus Route: Take bus no.360, 319, 347, 362, 534, 714,87, Yuntong 106, Yuntong 104, 563, Yuntong 205, Te 4, 614, 697, 209, 608, 107, 105, 206, 111, Yuntong 105, 27, 632 and get off at Zoo Station.
- Fantastic aquarium
- Fun for kids!
- Beluga whales highlight
- Big and amazing aquarium
- The surprising aquarium
No.18 Gaoliangqiaoxie Street, Haidian District, Beijing 100081, China
Tips for you
The show begins at 3pm
The aquarium is located at the back of Beijing zoo. You must pay the entrance to the zoo (40 CNY at time of visit), walk through the zoo then pay a separate entrance fee to the aquarium (150 CNY). The aquarium is a relatively new building so all the exhibits are modern and visually appealing. They have everything from small tropical fish to eels to jellyfish to dolphins to sharks and everything in between. There are several floor to ceiling tanks that toddlers and young children can get right up close to in order to see all the fish. In the middle of the aquarium is a large central area where you can use the washroom, buy snacks, play arcade games and buy souvenirs. Kids are welcome to run around here and let off some steam. I took my 11 month old son in his stroller. It was relatively easy to push him around with most ramps clearly marked. I couldn't find a baby change area so I changed him on the floor in a corner. No one minded. He and I both had a great time. I would definitely recommend it to families with young children.
The beluga tank is heartbreaking, obviously most people are oblivious to the intelligent animal who's pathetic home they're banging on, simply seeing it as an exhibit. It's disgusting. As previously discussed by another poster, the open water sea turtle tank is grim as children are touching and grabbing the already repressed creature.also the dolphinarium is horrible and seeing the shows is supporting cruelty. Please, spend the 120RMB on something like the Forbidden City, don't support this horror.
Going to the aquarium was overall a memorable experience. I didnt understand why the additional 120 rmb pp on top of the entrance fee to the zoo was justified especially when they had a lot of normal fish but then quickly realized further into it they have giant stadium like shows and amazing type tank structures that you can walk under and over to see the unique sea like creatures.pros-dolphin show-at least 2-3 hrs of entertainment-mostly great pictures/atmospherecons-expensive overall-no live sharks-super crowded-need to get a seat at the show early or expect to fight other audience members as they try to take ur standing spot-needs more exotic fishoverall, i still recommend going only since if your going to be at the zoo then why not esp if money is not an issue.