Soon after the founding of the People's Republic of China in the 50s of the last century, on the site of the old "Garden of Ten Thousand Animals", a zoo was born in Beijing, which today has become one of the main and favorite attractions of the capital of the Celestial Empire. Historians claim that plants and animals were bred at this site even during the Qing dynasty, which ruled China since the 15th century..
Western Fringe Park
Having received this name, the Beijing Zoo, located in the western part of the city, adequately represents on its vast territory the rich fauna and flora of Central and Southeast Asia. Decorated in the tradition of classical Chinese landscape design, the zoo invites you to stroll through manicured groves and lush gardens, admire the pristine lakes with blooming lotus and meditate to the measured sound of small waterfalls near mountain streams.
Pride and achievement
More than 7000 animals, representing 600 species, inhabit the spacious enclosures of the Beijing Zoo today. The real pride of its organizers is the giant panda, which is the national symbol of the Middle Kingdom and flaunts on the emblem of the WWF Wildlife Fund. Australian kangaroos, African zebras and Manchurian tigers have also become favorites of the public, and the Beijing Aquarium, which opened in 1999, is the largest in the country. The water arena regularly hosts shows with seals and dolphins.
How to get there?
The zoo is located in the Xicheng district in the western part of the city, opposite the Astronomical Observatory..
In order not to get confused in the hieroglyphs, you should be guided by the address of the zoo on the map - it is located at the corner of Xizhimen Outer Street and Dongwuyuan Road.
You can get to the Beijing Zoo by taking subway line 4 trains, getting off at Beijing Zoo Station.
The zoological park is open 365 days a year. Opening hours:
- In the summer season from April 1 to October 31 - from 07.30 to 18.00. The panda house is open at this time from 08. to 18.00.
- In winter, from November 1 to March 31 - from 07.30 to 17.00. The giant panda can be seen from 08.00 to 17.00.
Ticket prices are 15 yuan in summer and 10 yuan in winter. The entrance to the Panda House costs 5 RMB.
For a ticket for admission only to the aquarium, you will have to pay 110 yuan for an adult and 60 for a child..
It is most profitable to purchase a complex ticket to visit the zoo, the Panda House and the aquarium. It costs 120 yuan for an adult and 60 for a child..
Services and contacts
Unforgettable photos can be taken not only in the Panda House, but also in the Beijing Aquarium. Shows with dolphins take place here:
- In summer - from Tuesday to Thursday at 11.00 and 15.00, and from Friday to Monday - at 11.00, 14.00 and 16.00.
- In winter - daily at 11.00 and 15.00.
There is an opportunity to participate in the show with archer fish every day, except Thursday. The first show starts at 09.30 am and the day show starts at 2.30 pm.
Official site - www.bjzoo.com.
Those who know Chinese can call +86 10 6839 0274.