Beijing Zoo Travel Guide
Beijing Zoo is located in the northwest area of Beijing city. It is the oldest and largest zoo in the Asia Pacific area and the world-famous home of the giant pandas.
It was initially named Ten Thousand Animal Garden which was built in 1908, proving that it already has had a history of nearly 100 years. Originally it was an imperial manor during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Plants were cultivated and animals were raised here during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Now it contains more than 7000 animals, including golden monkeys from Sichuan, yaks from Tibet, sea turtles from the Chinese sea, Manchurian tigers, and snow leopards. The Beijing Zoo is also famous for being the home of zoological research and for housing many rare birds and animals.
Beijing Ocean Hall was opened to the public inside the Zoo in 1999. It is the biggest ocean hall in China. Besides enjoying the sight of all the different species of fish, you are invited to watch the shows performed by the dolphins and the sea lions here in the Hall.
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.
The zoo is home to around 900 different species and has a population of some 20,000 animals. Some of the most popular attractions among visitors are the wild and rare animals of China itself, such as the pandas, golden monkeys, milu deer and northeast tigers. However, the collection is far from restricted to those species found only in the People´s Republic of China; the polar bears, American bison, zebras, kangaroos, giraffes and elephants also draw large crowds.
Why it is must-see sight?
Beijing Zoo has become one of the largest Zoo in China. Here 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.
Bus routes: No.27, 319, 347, 360, 362, 601, 632, 634, 714, 716, 732, 808, 814...
Some visitors who has been to Beijing Zoo offer the advise that you must see the giant pandas there, they think that they are the best giant pandas in the north of China.Especially, at present there are Olympic giant pandas there to visit.