Situated in the Xicheng District, Beijing Zoo was the first of its kind in China. It contains a diverse collection of animals, a number of exhibition halls and some sites of historical interest.
Beijing Zoo 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 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 China; the polar bears, American bison, zebras, kangaroos, giraffes and elephants also draw large crowds.
Beijing Zoo is comprised of 16 different exhibition areas and halls. The most popular is the Panda Hall. Built in 1989 and covering an area of around 2.5 acres (10,000 square meters), it delivers an impressive aesthetic scene while also managing to account for the practical considerations of housing such large and physical animals. The inside of the hall replicates the style of traditional Chinese gardens and is shaped in the pattern of a Tai Chi diagram.
Another famous hall, 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 halls and exhibition areas are finely 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 Changguan Tower: a two storied baroque-style building constructed by brick and wood. In the late 19th century it was occupied by the Empress Dowager Cixi (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, Beijing Zoo 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.
How to get to Beijing Zoo
Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Dongwuyuan (Beijing Zoo) Station. Get out from Exit B and you can see the south gate of the zoo.
1. Take bus 27, 87, 105, 107, 111, 332, 347, 360, 362, 534, 563, 632, Special Line 4 or 19, Yuntong 104, Yuntong 105 or Yuntong 106 and get off at Dongwuyuan Station.
2. Take bus 7, 15, 16, 19, 45, 65, 102, 103, 334, 360, or 695 and get off at Dongwuyuan Hub Station.
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There are boats cruising between Beijing Exhibition Center and Summer Palace, known as Imperial Waterway Cruise or Empress Dowager Cixi Watercourse. 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 take ferry to visit the Purple Bamboo Garden and Summer Palace.
|Schedule||10:00 to 16:00 with the interval of 60 minutes from Emperor’s Boat Pier in Beijing Exhibition Hall and South Ruyi Gate Pier in the Summer Palace; |
10:30 to 16:30 from Ziyuwan Pier in Purple Bamboo Garden also with the interval of 60 minutes
|Cruise duration||One hour|
|Ticket||CNY 50 for a single trip |
CNY 80 for a round trip
Free for children under 3.9 feet (1.2 meters).
Beijing Zoo Ticket Price
|Type||Apr. to Oct.||Nov. to next Mar.|
|Zoo Entrance Fee||CNY 15||CNY 10|
|Combo Ticket (Zoo + Panda Hall)||CNY 19||CNY 14|
|Beijing Aquarium||CNY 150|
|Sightseeing Car||CNY 10 per person|
1. The Zoo, the Panda Hall and the Aquarium are free for children under 3.9 feet (1.2 meters).
2. Visitors for the Aquarium need to buy the Zoo tickets as well.
Beijing Zoo Opening Hours
|Place||Apr. to Oct.||Nov. to next Mar.|
|Zoo||07:30 - 18:00||07:30 - 17:00|
|Aquarium||09:00 - 17:30||10:00 - 16:30|
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2. It can be bought online in advance, but I think it is difficult for foreigners because the booking page only has Chinese version. So you can buy it on the spot.