Beijing Pacific Underwater World

Located under the China Central Radio and Television Tower in Haidian District, Beijing Pacific Underwater World, also known as Taipingyang Andover Underwater World, is a wonderful exhibition hall sponsored by Singapore and China, covering a total area of over 2 acres (8,000 square meters). The design of this aquarium is based on the Caribbean pirate ship which gives visitors a real sense of being underneath the water. Altogether, the aquarium's water content is approximately 5,200 cubic yards (4,000 cubic meters), containing hundreds of sea creatures from fierce sharks to beautiful reef fish. The aquarium uses a fresh water salinization system and a marine life self-maintenance system to ensure that the sea creatures are living under proper conditions.

Beijing Pacific Underwater WorldBeijing Pacific Underwater World consists of many different zones for visitors to have different experiences. You can know more about the endangered Humboldt Penguins, and watch the jellyfish drifting around. Enjoying the lovely view of divers swimming with the marine creatures along the undersea tunnel will give you a totally different experience. If you are lucky enough, you may encounter some beautiful mermaids dancing around.

Undersea Tunnel

The Undersea Tunnel is the main section of the aquarium. It is about 87 yards (80 meters) long. Carried along on a conveyer belt, visitors can concentrate on the beautiful underwater world without walking. The whole tunnel is made of transparent acrylic material. The colorful coral formations and rare sea fish are all around you. The landscapes in the water are very gorgeous as well. They are constructed as replicas of an ancient Mediterranean city. Around the constructions, there are many reminders of ancient civilizations, such as fine china, magnificent pillars and statues.

Penguin Enclosure

There are over 20 Humboldt Penguins living in Beijing Pacific Underwater World. They look very special. There are some ribbon pattern stripes on their face and chest making them lovely and unique. This species is distributed around the Peruvian and Chilean islands. Because of the destruction of their habitats by human activities, the Humboldt Penguins have become an endangered species in the world. With the elaborate care from scientists, the penguins have already adapted to life in the aquarium and propagated their next generation.


Jellyfish Enclosure

Walking in the jellyfish enclosure is like staying in a world of fantasy. With clever use of illumination, the jellyfish turn into the spirits of the water drifting and shining. There are more than 20 kinds of jellyfish displayed in the aquarium: the Australia spotted jellyfish, the Pacific jellyfish, and the Papua jellyfish and so on.

Seal Pool

There are two lovely and lively seals, Doudou and Benben, living in the seal pool. These two adorable creatures will put on an interesting show for visitors. Following the instructions of the keepers, they perform different actions in tandem. For example: welcoming, circling, backstroke, balancing a ball on the nose, saving people, pulling the boat and kissing the keepers. Children may have a chance of sitting on a boat pulled around the pool by the seals.

Dancing with the Sharks

In order to let the visitors enjoy the scene of divers and fish swimming together, the aquarium set up a specific area. In this area, the divers are surrounded by groups of small fish. The most exiting performance is divers swimming with sharks.

Mermaid Dancing

Pacific Underwater WorldYou can see the beautiful mermaids dancing gracefully to the lovely music. The mermaids are all played by the synchronized diving players. Their charming postures are stunning and quite unforgettable.

Touching Pool

If you want to have an intimated contact with the sea creatures, there is a touching pool in Pacific Underwater World built for people to touch the lovely creatures. Animals in the pool are carefully selected. They are all nontoxic. The staff will teach the visitors the proper way to do it.

How to get to Beijing Pacific Underwater World

 By Bus:
Take bus 40, 62, 77, 323, 368, 374, 437, 603, 624, 631, 698 or 977 to South Hangtianqiao, then walk southward for 200 meters (219 yards) to the gate.
 By Subway:
Take Subway Line 1 or Line 10 and get off at Gongzhufen Station. Then transfer to bus 977, 603 or 62 to South Hangtianqiao, then walk across the road and walk westward to the north gate.
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Admission Fee & Hours

Entrance Ticket CNY 90 for adults; CNY 70 for children between 3.9 and 4.6 feet (1.2 and 1.4m)
*Free for children under 3.9 feet (1.2m).
Combo Tickets  Entrance + Sea Lion Show: CNY 110
Entrance + 5D movie: CNY 100
Entrance + Sea Lion Show + 5D movie: CNY 130
Opening Hours 8:30 - 17:30
 Note: The entrance ticket covers mermaid dancing, dancing with sharks, penguin enclosure, jellyfish enclosure and undersea tunnel.

Performance Schedule

Performance Mon. - Fri. Sat. & Sun.
Mermaid Dancing 10:30; 14:30; 17:00 & 18:00 on Fridays;  10:30; 12:30; 14:30; 17:00; 18:00
Sea Lion Show 11:00; 12:00; 14:00; 16:00; 17:30 & 19:00 on Fridays 10:00; 11:00; 12:00; 13:00; 14:00; 15:00; 16:00; 17:30; 19:00
Dancing with Sharks 11:30; 15:30
- Last updated on Nov. 22, 2023 by Kate Liu -
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