Situated in the Xicheng District, it 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.
It is home to around 450 different species and has a population of some 5,000 animals. Some of the most popular attractions among visitors are the wild and rare animals of China itself, such as the giant pandas, golden monkeys, milu deer and northeast tigers. However, the collection is far from restricted to those species found only in the People's Republic of China; the polar bears, American bison, zebras, kangaroos, giraffes and elephants also draw large crowds.
|Map of Beijing Zoo (Click to enlarge)|
Another of the its famous halls, the Gorilla Hall, was constructed two years earlier in 1987. The building houses a series of artificial hillocks and wooden apparatus for the animals which sit against a backdrop of attractive gorilla murals. Facilities introduced for the gorillas include a medical room, a mating room and a specialist feeding room. The hall itself is decorated by a series of rockeries and pools.
All of its halls and exhibition areas are constructed so as to ensure that the animals enjoy a both comfortable and healthy living environment.
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While at here, visitors also have the chance to sample some the nearby historical relics: Lemarck Hall was built to commemorate the life of Lemarck (1744-1829), a famous French natural historian, and has also been used as the Chinese Botanical Science Research Base.
Also on the site is the Song Jiaoren Memorial Tower. Song (1882-1913) was one of the early leaders of the Kuomintang, but was assassinated soon after he was elected as China's premier in 1913.
Another site of historical interest is the Changguanlou: a two storied, baroque-style building constructed from brick and wood. In the late-19th century it was occupied by the Empress Dowager Ci Xi (1835-1908), ruler of the Qing court between 1861 and 1908. Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), the founder of the Kuomintang, is also said to have lived in the hall.
With the support of the Chinese government and having undergone continual development throughout its 90-year history, it has become one of the largest in China. It provides thousands with the opportunity to witness strange and exotic species at firsthand, and also allows visitors to learn more about the lives of the animals that inhabit the world alongside us.
Take bus no.360, 347, 362, 534, 714, 87, Yuntong 106, Yuntong 104, 563, Yuntong 205, Te 4, 608, 107, 105, 111, Yuntong 105, 27, 632 and get off at Dong Wu Yuan Station.
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.
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There are boats cruising between Beijing Exhibition Center and Summer Palace, known as Royal Boat Cruise. The Zoo is one of the stops. Usually, it takes about 5 to 10 minutes from Exhibition Center and 45 minutes from Summer Palace. After visiting the Zoo, one can embark and continue to next destination.
|Schedules:||10:00 to 16:00 with the interval of 60 minutes at both Exhibition Center and Summer Palace|
|Ticket:||CNY 40 for a single trip; |
CNY 70 for a round trip;
(including the zoo, the panda's house and the boat)
Children lower than 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) are free of charge.
|Admission Fees:|| |
Entrance Fee for the zoo:
|Children lower than 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) are free of charge.|
|Opening Hours:||Zoo||Apr. 1 to Oct. 31: 7:30 - 18:00; |
Nov. 1 to the next Mar.31: 7:30 - 17:00
|Aquarium||Apr. 1 to Oct. 31: 9:00 - 17:30; |
Nov. 1 to the next Mar.31: 10:00 - 16:30
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Tip: Visitors can take ferry from the zoo to visit Purple Bamboo Garden, and even to the Summer Palace.