Beijing Zoo, just west of the second ring road, is now the biggest
zoo in China with the largest animal number of species. It features
pandas, elephants, gorillas, and dolphins and sharks in a big sea
life center, all in a scenic Chinese garden setting.
Beijing Zoo is a natural garden with dense groves of trees,
stretches of grassland, a small stream, lotus pools and small hills
dotted with pavilions and halls. It was called Wansheng Garden in
the Qing Dynasty (literally it means the Garden of 10,000 animals).
After the Qing Dynasty was replaced by the Republic of China in
1912, this former royal garden became an experimental area for
farming and animal husbandry. The zoo was not established until 6
years after the founding of the P. R. China in 1955, when the
garden was officially opened to visitors as the City Zoo of
The highlight of Beijing Zoo is for many the hall of the giant
panda. As everyone knows, the giant panda is native to China and
recognized as one of China’s national treasures and a national
symbol. Due to people's love for them and its endangered status,
the giant pandas always receive "VIP" treatment wherever they go.
People can tell where they are in the zoo by the unique appearance
of their hall. There is plenty of bamboo, the favorite food of the
cute panda. In the hall, the lush bushes and bamboo make the place
similar to the wild habitat of the giant panda, in southwest China.
Many other halls also attract large number of tourists, among which
the hall of the giraffe, the hall of the gorilla and the hall of
the elephant are the most recommended.
The Beijing Ocean Hall measures 35,000 square meters, located in
the northeast of the zoo. Seen from afar, the hall looks like a
gigantic ocean trumpet shell. The shape of the architecture tells
the visitors that it is a place associated with the sea. Going into
this huge "trumpet shell" you find yourself really in close contact
with the sea.
The spacious hall is subdivided into several zones: the Hall of
Tropical Rain Forest, the Hall of the Shark, the Ocean Theater and
the Ocean Library and Reading Hall among others. Here the visitors
can touch the aquarium in which the dynamic ocean bottom is
visible. Through close proximity to the varied sea life, visitors
can feel as if they are at the bottom of the vast ocean.
In addition to seeing a replica of the natural conditions of the
ocean life, visitors are also invited to enjoy the entertaining sea
animal show. Those clever and cute sea animals, like the dolphins,
make your trip hard to forget.
Beijing Zoo is more than a paradise for animals. A few gardens were
built to grow the flowers that enjoy the most popularity in China,
like the Chinese rose and peony (the peony is the national flower
of China, signifying wealth and prosperity). While observing the
lovely animals and the beautiful flowers, tourists can take a break
and enjoy delicious food in the zoo.
The restaurant Bin Feng Tang offers great imperial palace cuisines.
There is another important attraction in the zoo: Chang Guan Manor,
one of the previous temporary palaces for the Qing imperial family.
However, it is currently not open for public viewing.
Our Yangtze Memories tour offers a visit to Beijing Zoo or you
could request its addition to any one of our Beijing tours. We
specialize in tailor-making tours to customer requirements.