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Beijing Zoo

Beijing Zoo – ideal for human-cubs

Beijing Zoo (Bĕijīng dòngwùyuán – 北京动物园) celebrated 100th anniversary of its foundation in 2006. According to Zoo officials, Beijing Zoo has the greatest variety of animals of any zoo in China, with over 900 species and 10,000 animals. It is also China’s biggest.

If you’re near the zoo you might enjoy a wander around nearby Black Bamboo Park

Some of Beijing Zoo’s animals are seasoned international travellers- some travelling abroad on diplomatic mating missions, others having been donated to the zoo by heads of state. Rhinos were donated by the US in gratitude for China’s gift of two pandas. Elephants have been donated by various countries, including two Vietnamese elephants which allegedly participated in the Vietnam War transporting munitions.

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Beijng Zoo is huge, covering an area of around 90 hectares. There are plenty of animals native to China, but there are also the usual crowd-pullers like zebras, polar bears and kangaroos in areas dedicated to the animals of Africa and Australasia

Adults may be somewhat put off by the conditions some of the animals are kept in, a lot of enclosures are little more than concrete cells. ‘Trophy animals’, like the pandas, enjoy much more comfortable surroundings.

If you need something to entertain the kids for a few hours, then the zoo is really unbeatable.
The grounds of the zoo are quite pleasant, with trees, a stream, flower gardens and pavilions.

The newly opened Beijing Aquarium is part of the Zoo and gets rave reviews. Tickets are 100Y, but once you’ve bought that you can get into the rest of the zoo for free.

Beijing Zoo Practical Info

The zoo itself is to be found on the outskirts of the city centre, a reasonably signposted 1km (15 min) walk from Xizhimen subway. Alternatively, a taxi from the city centre should cost less than 50Y.

Opening times:

April 1 – October 31: Open 7:30——18:00
November 1 – March 31: 7:30——17:00

Admission is 15Y Apr-Oct, 10Y Nov-Mar.
The panda enclosure costs 5Y extra.

There is a student discount (to 8Y), but it only applies to students at Chinese institutions.

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