Blue Zoo Beijing (Gongti Richina Underwater World)
Blue Zoo Beijing, also known as Gongti Richina Underwater World, is an amazing aquarium situated under the Artificial Lake of Beijing Workers' Stadium. Built in 1997, it is the first five-star aquarium in Beijing. Covering an area of about 9330 square yards (7,800 square meters), the Blue Zoo is one of the biggest artificial underwater worlds in the country. The main exhibition pool here contains 4,450 cubic yards (3,400,000 liters) of water, in which raises 600 species, 5,000 sea fish and over 500 species of shellfish. In addition, the sea creatures give performances to entertain their visitors.
The aquarium is divided into two districts. The first district has a transparent underwater tunnel. Through the tunnel tourists can enjoy the undersea landscape in different aspects. There are also many exhibition zones with different themes in this district, which help tourists know more about sea creatures and have an enjoyable and colorful journey in the aquarium, including Sea Fish Zone, Touching Zone, Shark & Sea Turtle Zone, Freshwater Fish Zone, and Giant Salamander Zone. The Second District is relatively small and is mainly about the South Pole. The unique features of the polar continent and the interesting polar animals help people know more about polar explorations.
Sea Fish Zone
Shark & Sea Turtle Zone
Freshwater Fish Zone
Giant Salamander Zone
Famous Dwelling Creatures
Stone Fish: It has bright colors but looks very ugly. Because it always disguises itself as a stone and waits for food, the fish gets a nickname of "dangerous stone". It body contains strong toxins, which makes it the most poisonous fish in the world.
Clown Fish: Clown Fish coexists with sea anemones. The sea anemone protects the clownfish, while the clownfish helps to keep the sea anemone clean. So for thousands of years they have coexisted in the sea peacefully.
How to get to Blue Zoo
1. Take Subway Line 6 and get off at Dongdaqiao Station. Get out from Exit A and walk for about 800 yards (730m) to the north.
2. Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Chaoyangmen Station. Get out from Exit A and walk for about 1,200 yards (1.1km) to the east.
1. Take bus 515 or 615 and get off at Gongren Tiyuchang Nanmen (the south gate of Workers’ Stadium) Station.
2. Take bus 43, 110, 118, 120 or 403 and get off at Chaoyang Yiyuan (Chaoyang Hospital) Station.
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|Admission Fee||Adult: CNY 150 |
Children below 3.3 feet (1.0m): Free
|Opening Time||May to November: 08:00 to 20:00 |
December to next April: 08:30 to 18:30
|Sea Lion's Performance||Sea Lion's Tank||09:50-10:05; 11:30-11:45; 13:00-13:15; |
14:15-14:30; 15:30-15:45; 16:30-16:45
|Dance with Sharks||Underwater Tunnel||10:10-10:30; 14:30-14:50|
|Mermaid Performance||Underwater Tunnel||11:00-11:10; 13:30-13:40; 15:00-15:10; 16:00-16:10|
|Underwater Ballet Show||Underwater Tunnel||11:10-11:20; 13:40-13:50; 15:10-15:20; 16:10-16:20|
|Feeding Show||Coral Reef Island||10:35-10:40; 14:50-14:55|
Note: The timetable is for reference only. For final schedule, please refer to the announcement in the aquarium.
Recommended Nearby Attractions:
Temple of the Sun