Beijing Zoo

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.

Beijing Zoo
Beijing Zoo
Map of Beijing Zoo
Map of Beijing Zoo (Click to enlarge)

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.

Panda in Beijing Zoo
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Beijing Aquarium is highly recommended for anyone visiting Beijing Zoo. Opened in 1999, it is widely-recognized by tourist bodies as being one of the country's top attractions, and is actually the largest inland aquarium in the world. The aquarium features thousands of different aquatic species - man-eating fishes, precious Chinese sturgeons, huge sea elephants and fierce sharks are some of the highlights. Tourists can also enjoy shows performed by dolphins, sea lions and whales in the aquarium's Ocean Theater.

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

 By Subway:
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.

 By Bus:
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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 By Boat:
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).

 Note: Imperial Waterway Cruise was suspended from Septemebr 6th, 2018. It is expected to reopen in April of 2019.

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.

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

 Recommended Itinerary: 
1-Day Beijing Private Tour: Summer Palace - Zoo - Lama Temple - Hutong Tour
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Neighboring Attractions:
 Beijing Planetarium
 Paleozoological Museum of China
- Last modified on Nov. 15, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Zoo
Asked by Bel from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 14, 2018 19:35Reply
How can we go to Beijing Zoo from Tian'anmen square?
How much far and how much is the fare is we are going by taxi or using the subway?thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Qahira from SINGAPORE | Nov. 15, 2018 18:22

By metro, first walk about 3 minutes to Qianmen metro station and enter from the Northeast Gate A to take the metro line 2. And get off at Xizhimen metro station where to transfer the metro line 4 Daxing Line. Get off at Zoo metro station and get out from the Northeast Exit B. The whole ride needs about 20 minutes and CNY4 per person.

By taxi, it may cost about CNY30 - 40 in the day time.
Asked by Quyen from VIETNAM | Nov. 04, 2018 05:48Reply
I stay in Shangri -la hotel, should I take a taxi or subway to the Beijing zoo?
Answers (1)
Answered by Oliver from USA | Nov. 06, 2018 18:34

You don’t need to take the subway or taxi, and there are many direct buses near the hotel. You can walk about 3 minutes to the North Zishuqiao and take the bus No.534 and get off at East Baishiqiao. Then walk about 5 minutes to the zoo. The whole ride just needs about 25 minutes.
Asked by kath from CYPRUS | Oct. 19, 2018 02:56Reply
we are staying at the Mercure Beijing Downtown. How easy will it be to get to the zoo from there?
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Answered by Wolowitz from USA | Oct. 21, 2018 19:10

You can first walk about 15 minutes to the Nine Dragoons Mountain metro station where you need to take the metro line 7 and get off at Caishikou station where you transfer to metro line 4 Daxing Line and get off at the Zoo station. It may take about one hours and CNY5 per person.
Asked by Lenora Black from USA | Sep. 27, 2018 08:47Reply
we will be around Tiananmen square and wondered what is best way to get to Beijing zoo?
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Answered by Mitch from USA | Sep. 27, 2018 23:11

Dear, you can walk about 3 minutes to Qianmen metro station where you can take the metro line 2. Then get off at Xizhimen Station and transfer to take metro line 4 and get off at the Zoo station from Exit B. Walking about 2 minutes later, you will see the zoo.
Asked by Jony from BANGLADEAH | Sep. 23, 2018 00:08Reply
Is the Beijing Zoo open everyday?
Answers (1)
Answered by Isis from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 24, 2018 20:58

Yes, it is.
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