Beijing Aquarium

Located in Beijing Zoo with the address of No. 137, Xizhimen Outer Street, Xicheng District, Beijing Aquarium is the largest and most advanced inland aquarium in China, covering a total area of 30 acres (12 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. Beijing Aquarium has seven halls: Rainforest Wonder, Bering Strait, Whale and Dolphin Bay, Chinese Sturgeon Hall, Seabed Travel, Feel Pool and Ocean Theater.

Visitors will be fascinated by the beautiful blue world upon entering Beijing Aquarium 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. Sea elephant, man-eating fish, variegated carp, glass catfish and many other rare and precious fish are some of the species found here.

AquariumFrom the movie "Shark Tale", sharks were depicted to be voracious and powerful as they feast on other creatures in the ocean. However, what the shark world is really like is for visitor to find out in the Shark Hall. They are not as depicted in the movie but somewhat serene instead!

Whale and Dolphin Bay is the home and school for whales, dolphins and sea lions. It is here that they are being trained by professional trainers for performances to entertain visitors.

The Feel Pool measures 39 yards long, resembling the long and winding coastline. Many mollusks such as trumpet shells and echinoderm such as holothurians, sea stars and sea urchins live there. Visitors can gently caress them, though with caution as some are rather timid while others are poisonous. Green turtles also swim about in the pool without a care.

Seabed travel takes visitors to a wonderful trip to the bottom of the sea. The undersea tunnel leads you into a colorful and calm ocean world, with all kinds of fish swimming inside the circular tank. Visitors can virtually touch the belly of the furious white sharks and Aquariumshake hands with turtles. The 32 fish tanks exhibit fancy fishes from home and abroad and visitors are sure to gain much knowledge about them at the end of their visit.

Finally, the Ocean Theater is a venue where animals perform their tricks. It has a capacity for 3,000 viewers, with hot and romantic Hawaii scenery in the background. The incomparably superior performance from these animal stars win rounds of applause from spectators every day.

So, please come by. All the stars of the ocean are awaiting you!

How to get to Beijing Aquarium

 By Subway:
Take subway line 4 to Dongwuyuan (Beijing Zoo) Station, get out from Exit B, and you can see the south gate of Beijing Zoo. Then buy the ticket of the zoo first, get in and then walk northward to the aquarium. 
 By Bus:
1. Take bus 305 and get off at Zhongyuan Hotel. Then walk eastward for 219 yards to the north gate of the zoo. Buy the ticket of the zoo and get inside to find the aquarium. The aquarium is on the south of the north gate.
2. Take bus 87, 105, 107, 111, 305 or 604 to Dongwuyuan (Beijing Zoo) stop, then walk eastward to find the gate.
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Ticket Price

CNY 175 for an adult; CNY87 for children

Note: Beijing Aquarium is inside Beijing Zoo, so visitors need to buy the entrance ticket of the zoo to get in. The price is:
Apr.  - Oct. : CNY 15
Nov.  - Mar. : CNY 10

Opening Hours

Apr. - Oct. : 09:00 - 17:30
Nov. - Mar. : 10:00 - 17:00
Note: Ticket sale stops half an hour before the closing time.

Where to Enjoy Animal Shows

Animal Performance Ocean Theater
Sea Diving and Feeding Performance Seabed Travel
Feeding Snailfish Performance Seabed Travel
Archerfish Performance Rainforest Wonder
Pirarucu Performance Rainforest Wonder
Feeding Chinese Sturgeon Performance Chinese Sturgeon Hall


Show Timetable

 Jul. 1st - Jul. 9th & Aug. 21st - Sep 30th, 2023

Animal Performance 11:00, 15:00 from Mon. to Fri.
11:00, 13:30, 15:45 at weekends
Sea Diving and Feeding Performance 10:30, 13:30 (not available on Tue.)
Snailfish Performance 11:30
Archerfish Performance 09:30 (not available on Thu.)
Pirarucu Performance 14:40 on Tue. and Fri.
Feeding Chinese Sturgeon Performance 14:00 on Tue., Thu. and Sat.
Stage Show 10:45; 14:14 from Mon. to Fri.
10:30; 15:00 on Sat. and Sun.

 Jul. 10th to Aug. 20th, 2023

Animal Performance 11:00, 13:30, 15:45 from Mon. to Fri.
11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 16:00 at weekends
Sea Diving and Feeding Performance 10:30, 13:30 (not available on Tue.)
Feeding Snailfish Performance 11:30
Archerfish Performance 09:30 (not available on Thu.)
Feeding Chinese Sturgeon Performance 14:00 on Tue., Thu. and Sat.
Stage Show 10:30; 15:00 from Mon. - Fri.
10:15 at weekends

Further Reading:
12 Popular Beijing Activities to Beat the Summer Heat
10 Fun Things to Do in Beijing with Family
Travel to Beijing with Kids - 11 Things to Do
9 Most Romantic Places in Beijing for Couples

- Last updated on Jul. 12, 2023 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Aquarium
Asked by Sonne from UB | Mar. 02, 2023 05:03Reply
ticket purchase
how can I purchase zoo tickets by online? Is there anyone who can help? Can you send me the direction of purchase or instruction for it?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kathy | Mar. 05, 2023 17:40

The tickets can be bought on it's official WeChat account. But it's in Chinese only. You may need help from someone who know Chinese.
Asked by ZAVI from CHINA | Sep. 26, 2020 23:35Reply
Is the Beijing Aquarium very crowded or they have limited the number of visitors?
As I want to visit with the toddler and an infant, so I am concerned about these things.
Is it good idea to visit during October holidays?
Answers (1)
Answered by Riley | Sep. 29, 2020 19:15

As I know, there is no limited the number of the visitors during the holiday. You are suggested to pay attention to the latest news.
Asked by Maria from CHINA | May. 29, 2020 05:52Reply
Is the Beijing Aquarium open these days?
Answers (1)
Answered by Charlie from FINLAND | May. 31, 2020 23:31

According to the news, the aquarium will reopen on Jun.5th.
Asked by martina from CHINA | Sep. 26, 2019 04:58Reply
Will the aquarium be open this weekend and next week during National holidays?
Answers (3)
Answered by Rowan from USA | Sep. 28, 2019 18:11

It will be close on October.1. Besides, it will be open as usual from 9:00 to 17:30.
Answered by aly | Sep. 26, 2020 23:31

Is it very crowded these days or they have reduced the number of people due to covid?
Answered by Amelia | Sep. 29, 2020 19:14

As I know, there would have crowded tourists during the National Holiday. You are suggested to book the tickets or go to there as early as you can.
Asked by JUAN from BRAZIL | Apr. 05, 2019 01:48Reply
Can I visit Beijing Aquarium even during very polluted days?
Answers (1)
Answered by James from USA | Apr. 11, 2019 22:49

Yes, you can. It opens every day,
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