Beijing Zoo

Attraction 137 Xizhimen Outer St, Xicheng, Beijing, China Published on: 08-08-2016

2 hours 30 mins
07:30 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
First-time visit
Must see
2.21 USD

Beijing Zoo is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Beijing Zoo is the largest zoo with a number of animal species in China. It features pandas, gorillas, elephants, dolphins and sharks.

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Why Beijing Zoo is special ?

Beijing Zoo was the first of its kind to be opened in China. It contains a diverse collection of animals, a number of exhibition halls and some sites of historical interest. The Zoo is on Xizhimenwai Street (Xizhimenwai Dajie), in the downtown Beijing area of Xicheng District. With an area of 90 hectares (222 acres), it ranks the largest zoo in China. It is also the earliest Chinese zoo open to the public and has the largest variety of animals of all the zoos in China. The zoo has fostered a good relationship with other zoos in over fifty countries and districts. Animals that are presented to China by other countries and celebrities are bred and can be seen here.

What to explore at Beijing Zoo?

The zoo now has around 600 different species of animal, with the total number of all animals amounting to over 5,000.

There are dedicated houses for pandas, hippos, rhinoceros, giraffes, elephants, amphibians, reptiles, golden monkeys, orangutans, otters and other animals.

In the two-storey house for amphibians and reptiles, visitors may see Yangtze alligators, crocodiles, tortoises, turtles, snakes and pythons.

The magnificent and attractive Beijing Aquarium situated at the north end of the zoo is the biggest inland one in Asia, allowing people to explore the spectacle of the sea world.

There are also man-made hills for monkeys, bears, lions, tigers and special zones for beasts, pheasants, and deer, and Australian and African animals.

Living at Bear Hill in the northeast corner of the zoo are white bears and black bears. A landmark building of the zoo, the Liger Hill, is inhabited by African lions, Bengal tigers, Siberian tigers, jaguars, and panthers.

Behind the Liger Hill, Amur leopards, clouded leopards, snow leopards and lynxes show their inherent savagery. The Pheasant Center near the south gate to the zoo displays winged wildlife, such as cobalt-winged parakeets, bustards and condors.


How to get to Beijing Zoo?

Subway:Subway Line 4: get off at Dong Wu Yuan Station, get out of the station from Exit A (northwest exit), and you'll find the south gate.

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 Dong Wu Yuan Station.


Selling points

  • Biggest zoo in China
  • Largest animal number of species in China
  • Many hall of the giant panda
  • A paradise for animals.
  • Chinese rose and peony, national flower
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137 Xizhimen Outer St, Xicheng, Beijing, China

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Tips for you

  • There are many food vendors selling fast food for okay prices and a few proper restaurants
  • Feeding show twice a day, around 10 AM and then again around 1.30 PM - except on Tuesdays
  • Dolphin & Sea Lions performance - twice a day, the first is around 11 AM & then again 3.30 PM.
  • You can get a boat ride from Beijing Zoo to the Summer Palace that runs every hour and subway back to the city center
  • It's reasonably large so be prepared for a decent amount of walking.
  • There are many sitting areas and it seemed very normal to pull out your own food and drink if you didn't want to buy it on site.
  • You can pay an extra free to get into the exhibit.
    Things to do
  • There is a quaint little coffee shop on top of the Panda house.
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It took me forever to find the giraffes, but the walk was worth it! They have a great monkey cage in the middle of the park. And the panda exhibit is really cute. As always with places in China, there is a whole lot of people. But I feel like the people were all congregated near the pandas and the animals in the front of the zoo. Going towards the back, towards the giraffes and llamas, there weren't that many people. I had wanted to go to the snake exhibit, but it was closed.

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It is the best zoo I have ever been since childhood, every section is well maintained and clean. Along the way having many nice sculptures and wall art that encourage animal protection. With Jetbay’s ( guide, we have also went into the show, the show is animated and interesting. Besides, we saw the cute giant panda!

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Interesting Zoo with large variety of animals. However extra charges apply for Pandas (5 ¥) and Aquarium (120 ¥). Boat trip takes place once an hour but no clear indication hat what specific time

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every section is well maintained and clean. Along the way having many nice sculptures and wall art that encouraging animal protection. We have also went into the show, but i guess it is only for children. It was boring for adults.

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We just had a short visit to see th e Pandas and it was wonderful to see them and a few other things coming anc going to the Pandas. It's exciting to see the shy and lovely panda for the first time, When we got to the zoo, panda came out of his house after a long time. every section is well maintained and clean. Along the way having many nice sculptures and wall art that encouraging animal protection. We have also went into the show.

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