Code: BJ-T09

Beijing 1-Day Tour: Family Tour to Zoo & Museums

Tour Route: Beijing Zoo - Beijing Aquarium - Beijing Planetarium - Paleozoological Museum of China

Having a close contact with lovely giant pandas must be the dream of most backpacking travelers, especially for children. Following this independent tour, you are going to see this lovely creature by yourself in Beijing Zoo.
Beijing Zoo
To start this Beijing Zoo tour, you can take subway line 4 and get off at Dongwuyuan (Zoo) Station; leave from Exit B or C1 and you will find the entrance of the zoo immediately. Or, you can take bus 27, 105, 107, 111, 347, 360, 362, 534, 563, 632, 697, 714, Te 4, Te 19, Yuntong 104, Yuntong 105, or Yuntong 106 to reach the zoo.

Firstly, you will stop by the Giant Panda Hall, the most popular site of the whole zoo. You are advised to spend more time there observing these adorable giant pandas and taking pictures of them. Besides, there are more than 500 species of rare animals from both China and other countries in the world, such as golden monkeys, Siberian tigers, chimpanzees, and saltwater crocodiles.

In the northeast corner of the zoo is the Beijing Aquarium. Looking from a distance, the aquarium is just like a giant conch lying in the arm of green trees. Following signposts inside, you can visit the entire seven halls one by one. Along the way, you will encounter colorful tropical fish, sea animals, arctic animals, as well as Chinese sturgeons. You can also enjoy brilliant shows performed by dolphins, sea lions, and seals in the last hall.
Tip: You should notice that the admission fees of Giant Panda Hall and Beijing Aquarium are not included in the entrance ticket of Beijing Zoo. You should pay separately at each venue, but combo ticket of the zoo and the Giant Panda Hall is available.
After the Beijing Zoo tour, you are advised to get out from the southern gate and the Beijing Planetarium is just located across the street. Inside, you can get to know the unfamiliar outer space by viewing vivid documentaries as well as 3D and 4D movies. The vast universe is represented in the dome-cinemas, making you feel like standing among shining stars and planets. The most popular show of the planetarium is the Starry Sky Concert performed in Exhibition Hall A. The ever-changing starlit night along with beautiful melody will definitely offer you an audio-visual feast.

Tip: Make sure you don't set out this 1-day independent Beijing tour on Monday or Tuesday when the planetarium is closed.

Not far from the Planetarium to the west is the Paleozoological Museum of China, which houses thousands of precious fossils of ancient animals, such as dinosaurs, mammoths, and Confuciusornis, as well as samples of stone tools used millions of years ago. There are also documentaries dragging you back to that remote age to learn a lively lesson of this mysterious world.
The visit in Paleozoological Museum of China is going to draw to a happy ending of this fruitful Beijing independent tour. After that, you may still take subway line 4 or public buses back to your hotel.
 Recommended Guided Tours: 
    Beijing One-Day Tours from $59 per person

 Other Independent Beijing 1-Day Tours: 
    Wandering around Tiananmen Square: to National Museum, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park...
    Royal Cultural Sites: to Yonghe Lamasery, Guozijian Street, Temple of Confucius & Imperial Academy
Questions & Answers
Asked by Mr.Arnold Loke from SINGAPORE | Dec. 08, 2009 02:23Reply
My wife and I would like to visit the following places of interest in 1 day while we are in Beijin. Do you provide for such intinerary?. If so, what are the charges including pick-up and drop-off from our hotel, say near Tian'anmen.
- Hongluo temple in Hongluo Mountain
- Hongluo Lake
- Yin Hu Cave at Xiayingshui village, Fozizhuang Township, Fangshan district.
- ZhongYing Shui Bei Tai Folk-custom village
- Sheng Lian Mountain
Answers (1)
Answered by Ms.Reen | Dec. 09, 2009 19:52

Each site you listed below is far from Beijing city. Each of them will take one whole day to visit. It's impossible to cover all of these within one day. You'd better choose your favorate one.
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