‘Panda-mania’ at Beijing Zoo

On August 12, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Tours, by Pravin Wadhwani

Are you an animal lover? Have you ever seen a Giant Panda before? There’s only one place to look, Beijing Zoo. Travel to Beijing this Summer to  get a chance to see this popular tourist attraction. It makes a great day out for a family who are in China on vacation, in particular. It is a unique zoo in its own way as it is not only a place to go and admire all kinds of animals, but also a Chinese cultural expression. A lot of the animals at this zoo cannot be seen anywhere else, but China. Book your day out with Beijing Tours as soon as you land in China.

Located in the Xicheng District, the zoo covers about 219 acres of land and is one of the oldest zoos in China. It was founded in 1906 towards the end of the Qing Dynasty. Many parts of the zoo represent traditional Chinese gardens, which are prominent in parks across the nation. The scenery is truly beautiful, meadows, flowerbeds, streams, rivers and lotus beds spread across the park. The zoo houses 7,000 animals of 600 different species, including many animals unique to China such as the Giant Panda (below), the Red-Crowned Crane and the Pere David’s deer. Obviously all the animals are Chinese or Chinese-based. You can see a gibbon or elephant from India, a giraffe of chimpanzee from Africa or a European Wild Ox, encompassing the interests of all animal lovers.

The zoo has rapidly developed since the 1950s in particular with the arrival of the more worldwide sets of animals, especially, giraffes, rhinoceroses, bears, elephants, tigers, songbirds and hippopotamuses. It has developed so much to the extent that it now houses an Aquarium, which opened in 1999 and is now the biggest aquarium in China. As well as seeing fish species in the building, it is also a venue for special water shows performed by Dolphins and Sea Lions, a recommended display when visiting the zoo.

As noted earlier, the zoo is famous for being the home of the Giant Panda. Sure, you can see Giant Pandas in zoos across the world, such as Berlin, San Diego or Adelaide, but it here in Beijing where you see them at their most elegant. These regal creatures are classified as an endangered species, thus, in China they are thought to be rare and noble beings, which adds to how spectacular this animal is. There are only 1,000 left in the world and we laud the government’s attempts to save the declining population, through the setting up of various wildlife conservation organizations. They are also known to be loveable creatures, adored by children and adults alike. Families who visit the zoo talk highly of their encounter with the Giant Panda.

The Beijing Zoo has an admission fee of 15RMB and there is an additional 5RMB fee for entrance to the Giant Panda site. The zoo is open from 7:30am and closes at 6:00pm. Many Beijing Hotels organise cheap deals and transport to the site, however, if you wish to take the subway, the nearest station is Beijing Zoo station and it is on Line 4. So next time your in Beijing, witness one of the great site this great nation has to offer, the Beijing Zoo.


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