The Zoo of Beijing is indeed large, full of all kinds of animals, and it will take you a whole day to have a full trip. So, if you were a fan of animals, you may want to spend a whole day in it, but if you want to experience something special in Beijing, zoo is not the perfect place. The zoo is large, so grasp a map when entering, you will find it very helpful then. You have to be aware of crowd. Take this in mind, the crowd in the zoo will surely be out of your mind.
Some facts about Beijing zoo from beijing2008.cn
Beijing Zoo was initially named Ten Thousand Animal Garden which was built in 1908. The Zoo was originally the imperial manor in the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Plants were cultivated and animals were raised here during the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911). After the liberation, it was reconstructed and was known as the West Suburb Park. And in 1955, the name was changed to Beijing Zoo.
“Beijing Zoo mainly exhibits wild and rare animals growing in China, such as the Panda and the Golden Monkey. Also, it boasts many rare animals from all around the world, such as White Bear from the North Pole, Kangaroo from Australia, Zebra from Africa. Moreover, heads of states gave some of the animals. The panda and monkey exhibits are recommendable. Most of the view does not conform to Western standards.
The buildings in the Zoo cover an area of more than 50,000 square meters, including the monkey hill, the panda hall, the lion and tiger hill, the elephant hall, the see beast hall, and many others. Altogether there are more than 30 large halls. It has a collection of more than 600 types of animal species and more than 7, 000 populations of animals.
The Zoo exhibits not only the variety of living places for the animals but also proud of the different rooms, halls, pavilions and luscious trees and plants. It combines the garden arts of the East and West that typically adapts to the environment of the wild animals living here.”
Beijing Zoo south gate
Giant Panda House
Giant Panda ( The star of Beijing Zoo)
First, I saw the pandas, there was an inside and outside enclosure which seemed quite new and spacious. It was very crowded and nosiy, and lots of people were trying to get to the front of the crowd to take photos.
I saw a white tiger and a puma (I think) inside and I found this a bit upsetting as the cages were quite small and plain, again it was quite crowded, but not so crowded as the pandas (they stole the show!).
I also saw the bears, they had a large enclosure, but the barrier was quite low and people were throwing food in for the bears to catch in their mouths. Unfortunately there didn’t seem to be any signs or staff to prevent this from happening…
The zoo grounds are very large and there are lots of place to sit and enjoy the view, there is a large lake with lots of trees and it’s very scenic.
The aquarium is very newly built, and if you want to visit this you will need to pay an extra entrance fee. I didn’t visit the aquarium, as I ran out of time, the zoo was alot bigger than I was expecting and I think I could easily have spent a whole day there.
Some requests if you will go or if you’re inside a zoo:
– Don’t make any additional action that will further stress already deprived animals. Don’t feed them with any extra food you brought.
– If you come with kids, you can do a lot if you tell them the difference between a real environments and a ZOO.