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Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

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Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is located in Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone in Pudong District and is adjacent to the famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jinmao Tower. One of the largest ocean aquariums in the world, it has the world's longest submarine viewing tunnel measuring 155-meter (about 170 yards) in length.

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium consists of two pyramid-shaped buildings - a main building and an annexe. The covered area is 20,500 square meters (about 263,910 square feet). As well as the large exhibition area, there is a gift shop and a restaurant that can seat 300 persons.

The main building is divided into different exhibition zones: China Zone, South America Zone, Australia Zone, Africa Zone, Southeast Asia Zone, Cold Water Zone, Polar Zone, Sea and Shore, Deep Ocean Zone and Special Exhibitions. The exhibits include more than 300 types and 15,000 water creatures and rare fishes, such as poison dart frogs, jellyfishes, moonfish, leafy sea dragons and emperor penguins.

Currently, this is the only aquarium in the world to have a China Zone. This zone specializes in exhibiting aquatic organisms and ecology of the Yangtze valley as well as some endangered aquatic species in China. Most creatures in this zone are under national protection such as the Chinese sturgeon, mullet, Yangtze alligator and giant salamander.

The Ocean Aquarium also displays the geography and culture of their native places by pictures, voices, etc. Overall the aquarium provides visitors with a tour covering the world's five Continents and four Oceans.

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After buying tickets on the first floor, visitors start the tour of the main building by going up to the third floor, ultimately making their way down to the basement.

The third floor has seven exhibition areas, i.e. the VIP hall, science education room and a waterfall.  The China, South America, Australia zones and Special Exhibitions Zone are also located on this floor.

The second floor has the Africa, Southeast Asia, Cold Water and Polar Zones. The Sea and Shore exhibit is also located here.

The basement is the main part of the aquarium where Deep Ocean Zone is located. The submarine viewing tunnel enables visitors to have a wonderful tour here. After touring the basement, visitors may return to the first floor for meals and to purchase souvenirs and gifts.

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The various creatures here are fed at fixed times when visitors may enjoy the spectacle. Times are arranged as follows:
Spotted Seals (Cold Water Zone)
10:40-10:50     15:40-15:50
Penguins (Polar Zone)
11:00-11:15     16:00-16:15
Wide Ocean (Deep Ocean Zone)
10:10-10:25     14:40-14:55
Shoals of Fish (Deep Ocean Zone)
10:30-10:40     15:00-15:10
Sharks (Deep Ocean Zone)
10:30-11:00     15:00-15:30

Tips
Opening 
Hours
Daily Opening Hours
9:00-18:00 (Tickets sales and admission stops at 17:30)
Summer Holidays (July and August), National Day Holiday (Oct. 1st - 7th) and Chinese Spring Festival  Holiday  (last day of a year and the following six days in Chinese calendar)
9:00-21:00 (Tickets sales and admission stops at 20:30)
Admission
 Fee
Adults
CNY 160
Children (1–1.4m tall)
CNY 110
Elders (over 70 years old)
CNY 90
Handicapped people
CNY 70
Individual Membership Card
CNY 388/ Year
Family Membership Card (2 adults and a child under 16 years old)
CNY 888/ Year
Transportation  
Public Bus
Take bus 81, 82, 85, 583, 774, 795, 798, 799, 870, 961, 971, 985, 992, 993 or 996 and get off at Lujiazui Subway Station or Lujiazui Ring Road
Subway
Take Subway Line 2  and get off at Lujiazui Station. Get out from Exit 1. Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is about 200 meters (about 219 yards) from the station.
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 Nearby Attraction: Natural Wild Insect Kingdom

Related Tour: Shanghai City Tour