Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

Exterior of Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
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Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is located in Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone in Pudong District and is adjacent to the famous Oriental Pearl Tower and Jin Mao Tower. One of the largest ocean aquariums in the world, it has the world's longest submarine viewing tunnel measuring 155 meters (about 170 yards) in length.

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium consists of two pyramid-shaped buildings - a main building and an annexe. The covered area is 20,500 square meters (about 263,910 square feet). As well as the large exhibition area, there is a gift shop and a restaurant that can seat 300 persons.

The main building is divided into different exhibition zones: China Zone, South America Zone, Australia Zone, Africa Zone, Southeast Asia Zone, Cold Water Zone, Polar Zone, Sea and Shore, Deep Ocean Zone and Special Exhibitions. The exhibits include more than 300 types and 15,000 water creatures and rare fishes, such as poison dart frogs, jellyfishes, moonfish, leafy sea dragons and emperor penguins.

Currently, this is the only aquarium in the world to have a China Zone. This zone specializes in exhibiting aquatic organisms and ecology of the Yangtze valley as well as some endangered aquatic species in China. Most creatures in this zone are under national protection such as the Chinese sturgeon, mullet, Yangtze alligator and giant salamander.

The Ocean Aquarium also displays the geography and culture of their native places by pictures, voices, etc. Overall the aquarium provides visitors with a tour covering the world's five Continents and four Oceans.
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After buying tickets on the first floor, visitors start the tour of the main building by going up to the third floor, ultimately making their way down to the basement.

The third floor has seven exhibition areas, i.e. the VIP hall, science education room and a waterfall.  The China, South America, Australia zones and Special Exhibitions Zone are also located on this floor.

The second floor has the Africa, Southeast Asia, Cold Water and Polar Zones. The Sea and Shore exhibit is also located here.

The basement is the main part of the aquarium where Deep Ocean Zone is located. The submarine viewing tunnel enables visitors to have a wonderful tour here. After touring the basement, visitors may return to the first floor for meals and to purchase souvenirs and gifts.

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The various creatures here are fed at fixed times when visitors may enjoy the spectacle. Times are arranged as follows:
Spotted Seals (Cold Water Zone)
09:45-09:55     14:15-14:25
Penguins (Polar Zone)
10:00-10:15     14:30-14:45
Wide Ocean (Deep Ocean Zone)
10:30-10:45     15:00-15:15
Shoals of Fish (Deep Ocean Zone)
10:50-11:00    15:20-15:30
Sharks (Deep Ocean Zone)
10:50-11:10     15:20-15:40

How to get to Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

 By Metro:
Take Metro Line 2 and get off at Lujiazui Station. Get out from Exit 1 and you can see the Oriental Pearl Tower, which is next to the aquarium.

 By Bus:
1. Take bus 81, 82, 314, 939, 993, Cailu Special Line, Lujiazui Financial City Line 1 or Lujiazui Financial City Loop Line and get off at Lujiazui Huanlu Fenghelu Station.
2. Take City Sightseeing Bus Line 2 and get off at Dongfang Mingzhu Guangbo Dianshita (Oriental Pearl Tower) Station.
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Adults: CNY 160
Children between 1 and 1.4m (3.3 and 4.6 feet): CNY 110
Free for children under 1 meter
Combo Tickets Ocean Aquarium + Science and Technology Museum: CNY 200
Ocean Aquarium + 88th sightseeing floor of Jin Mao Tower: CNY 225
Ocean Aquarium + Oriental Pearl Tower: CNY 310
Opening Hours 9:00-18:00
9:00-21:00 for Summer Holiday (July and August), National Day Holiday (Oct. 1 - 7) and Chinese New Year  Holiday  (last day of a year and the following six days in Chinese calendar)

Tickets sales and admission end half an hour before the closing time.

 Nearby Attraction: Natural Wild Insect Kingdom

 See also:
12 Popular Shanghai Activities to Survive Summer
 Top 5 Shanghai Tourist Sites in August
15 Things to Do in Shanghai with Kids
8 Fun Things to Do in Shanghai with Family
Top 3 Shanghai Ocean Parks: Which one to go?

- Last updated on Feb. 21, 2024 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
Asked by Rachel Jiaw from MALAYSIA | Dec. 07, 2023 22:26Reply
Combo ticket for shanghai sea aquarium + oriental pearl tower
Where should I buy the combo ticket to the shanghai sea aquarium + the oriental pearl tower ?
Can I buy the ticket at the counter at the day I go ? Or I need to buy it in advance before the date I go ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Hailey | Dec. 10, 2023 18:16

I haven't found such combo ticket now.
Asked by Mary from USA | Apr. 04, 2021 10:53Reply
Is there reentry?
Hi, does the Shanghai aquarium allow us to re-enter for free if we leave to go eat somewhere else?
Answers (1)
Answered by Riley | Apr. 06, 2021 18:56

No, I am afraid not.
Asked by Natalie from SINGAPORE | Dec. 29, 2019 08:24Reply
Is there a space for me to leave my luggage at the Shanghai aquarium?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mason from CANADA | Dec. 30, 2019 18:21

Yes, there is luggage storage place for tourists.
Asked by Rodrigo from URUGUAY | Oct. 12, 2019 21:02Reply
Can i buy the combo tickets at Shanghai Ocean Aquarium?
Answers (1)
Answered by Theo from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 14, 2019 19:48

Sorry, as I know, the ticket counter doesn't provide such combo tickets. Maybe you can consult the staff to confirm this when you arriving there.
Asked by Elenie from FRANCE | Jul. 03, 2019 07:41Reply
Combo tickets of Shanghai Ocean Aquarium on different days
Hello! Do combo tickets have to be used on the same day? For example can we visit the aquarium one day and the Jin Mao Tower another day? Is the queue long for these tickets? Do you advise to buy online (we can use Chinese websites)? Thank you
Answers (6)
Answered by Martin from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 03, 2019 20:38

1. Yes, the tickets have to be used on the same day.
2. In holidays you can expect long queue. You can buy tickets on the spot, but if you can use Chinese website, it is better to buy them online.
Answered by Carlo | Jun. 14, 2023 08:54

Is it possible to buy the combo tickets online?
Answered by David | Jun. 14, 2023 18:05

Yes, you can book via WeChat Mini Program. However, there is only Chinese edition.
Answered by Rachel Jiaw | Dec. 11, 2023 22:03

Hi Martin

May I know which is the website that I can buy the combo ticket ?

Thank you
Answered by Rachel Jiaw | Dec. 11, 2023 22:05

What is the name of the mini programe ? Is it written in chinese character only ?
Answered by Rachel Jiaw | Dec. 11, 2023 22:07

Hi Elenie
May I get the name of the mini programe at we chat to buy the combo ticket ?

Thank you
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