Beijing Zoo

On August 20, 2012, in Beijing, Entertainment, More Places of Interest, Must-sees, by Jack Li

One of the animals that have been linked with China, probably the most important one, is the panda. If you go on your China Tour and you don’t have time to see them in their natural environment you should go to a Zoo. And if you go to Beijing, the Beijing Zoo is an obligatory […]

One of the animals that have been linked with China, probably the most important one, is the panda. If you go on your China Tour and you don’t have time to see them in their natural environment you should go to a Zoo. And if you go to Beijing, the Beijing Zoo is an obligatory stop in your Beijing tour. The Zoo is especially a very recommended place if you go with children.

The Beijing Zoo is not entirely like a Zoo in Europe, a part from the animals it is also a park where you can walk on the shore of a Lake, a river or a pond and it is actually a very nice place to spend a day (although is a bit full of people).

The main attraction, of course, are the pandas, they are set separately of the other animals in a big complex called “Panda house” where there are a dozen pandas that live there, it’s the nicest part of the Zoo and also the most crowded.

There are also a lot of other animals that live in the 89 hectares of the Zoo, they are divided by their species and normally they have a little complex for them, like the “Feline” complex where you can see panthers, cheetahs, bobcats or even a stranger Asian species that are not widely known like the Maruls.

But there are other animals that have their own status, either for their size (like the elephants or the giraffes) or for their importance (like the lions or the tigers), they are widely announced through the entire park.

Another important part of the zoo is the Aquarium, it’s the bigger aquarium in China and it offers also a very large range of aquatic animals, there are also a lot of shows that can be seen in the aquarium so if you are tired of walking why don’t you go inside and enjoy a dolphin show?

The Beijing Zoo, opened in 1903, has also other attractive places besides from the animals and the park, there are no less than four buildings that are considered monuments and can be visited from the outside.

So if you want to spend a day in a very nice environment, walk in a very nice park and, besides all that, see a lot of animals that you will not see  in any other place, especially Asian fauna, don’t doubt it and make a visit to the Beijing Zoo during your Chinese Tour, it’ll be an experience that you won’t regret!

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Shopping at the zoo

On July 10, 2012, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Must-sees, Shopping, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

The first time I traveled to China, I didn’t put a lot of stuff in my suitcase because I thought I would buy a lot of cheap things to bring back home, especially clothes. I thought that in during my Beijing Tour I could easily find good looking clothes at a cheap price. It was […]

The first time I traveled to China, I didn’t put a lot of stuff in my suitcase because I thought I would buy a lot of cheap things to bring back home, especially clothes. I thought that in during my Beijing Tour I could easily find good looking clothes at a cheap price. It was a long way to go before I actually found my match. I first went to big shopping malls with all western shops and brands, the prices were the same than in Europe, except it was in RMB (20€ = 200¥). Therefore, it means that it was even more expensive since Euro currency’s rate is lower than Chinese Yuan’s. That wasn’t what I was looking for, so I went to some fake markets. There are 2 big fake markets in Beijing : the Silk market at Yonganli station and the Yashow market in Sanlitun. I’ve never seen such markets : five-floor buildings only dedicated to counterfeit goods and one of the rare places where salesmen speaks English and a bit of many other languages. You have to bargain for each article in order to not to be fooled, and get very low prices. But the good thing is that except buying clothes, you can also find bags, accessories, jewelry, watches, sun glasses and some electronic devices (especially epilation machines which are the hardest thing to find at a good price in China).

Fortunately, thanks to a Chinese friend of mine I finally found a place that met my shopping expectations, the wholesale market. This market is actually divided into 7 markets, all located near the Beijing Zoo. The most popular ones are Julong, Tuanlegong and Shiji Tianle. I usually go to the Julong market which is an underground shopping center, the entrance is besides McDonals and Ito Yokado supermarket. At wholesale stores, they don’t sell branded goods, but all the things they sell is bound for exportation, so the clothes are quite fashionable. I can spend hours and hours looking for the perfect gem, actually sometimes I just don’t know what to choose since the choice seems unlimited among those mountains of clothes. If you are ready for this type of expedition, the better is to arrive around midday since the market closes his doors at 4:30pm. What I like there is that you don’t need to bargain, prices are already quite low and most of them are written on signs. For example I bought a pair of ballerinas for only 29RMB and cool T-shirts for 10RMB. Other thing, you won’t probably see a lot of foreigners there, only few salespersons can speak English, but they know basic sentences like “how much is it?”. I only shop at the Zoo Market on weekdays, I feel much more comfortable since it isn’t overcrowded, and you can slowly wander among the alleys.

 I think that this is definetly the place to go if you are tired of bargaining during your travel to Beijing.

How to get there ?

Subway: Take the subway line 4 directly to Beijing Zoo (动物园).
Buses: No. 16, 105, 107, 111, 347, 808, 814
Express buses: No 104,105, 106, 205

Julong Foreign Trade Market 聚龙外贸市场)
Exhibition Square, 135 Xizhimen Waidajie, Xicheng District, Beijing
地址:北京市西城区西直门外大街135号展览馆广场

Shiji Tianle (世纪天乐)
28 Xizhimen Waidajie Nanlu, Xicheng District, Beijing
地址:北京市西城区西直门外大街南路28号

Jinkailide Building (金开利德大厦)
136 Jinkailide Building, Xizhimen Waidajie, Xicheng District, Beijing
地址:北京市西城区西直门外大街136号金开利德大厦

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Come See the Wild Animals of Beijing

On November 7, 2011, in Beijing, China Attractions, Cool Places, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

If you find joy going to zoos and aquariums then travel to Beijing. You can visit the zoo and aquarium in the same day, since the aquarium is located in the zoo. All you have to do is get on a subway that is close to your Beijing hotel and go to line 5. Make […]

If you find joy going to zoos and aquariums then travel to Beijing. You can visit the zoo and aquarium in the same day, since the aquarium is located in the zoo. All you have to do is get on a subway that is close to your Beijing hotel and go to line 5. Make sure you get off at the Beijing Zoo Station, take Exit A.

The Beijing Aqarium is 4.2 hectares. In the Aquarium you will find that it has 6 halls. Each hall is unique and has only sea animals that you find in those locations. The Rainforest Wonder hall is designed as a mini rainforest. So when the visitor walks through, he or she can feel like they are walking through the rainforest. It holds fascinating fish such as sea-elephant, man eating fish and variegated carp and glass catfish.  

The Shark Hall is where the sharks live. The aquarium is trying to teach the visitor that sharks are not man eating animals but normal animals that eat other fish. The Dolphin Bay Hall holds all the whales and dolphins and sea lions. In this hall the visitor can get educated on each animal. Feel Pool Hall is children’s favorite part, seeing as they can feel for themselves the different water wild life. The animals you can feel are mollusks, shells, sea stars and sea urchins. While visiting this hall you can see a green turtle swimming around.

Seabed Travel Hall will take you to the bottom of the sea. The visitor can travel through undersea tunnels to see the amazing life’s that live down on the seabed. White sharks will swim close to the glass so the visitor can get a good look. The visitor will also be able to see 30 or more fish tanks in this hall. The Ocean Theater Hall is where the animal’s actors come out and show their real talent. Come see what they can do.

When you are done visiting the aquarium make sure you visit the zoo. There are 450 different species that you can locate in the zoo and 5000 animals from all over world. If you want to see famous animals in China the Zoo is right for you. In the zoo you can see the golden monkey, milu deer, northern tigers and best of all the pandas. The zoo also houses the American polar bear, bison, zebras, kangaroos, giraffes and elephants. There are 16 exhibitions areas and halls. The zoo constructed each exhibit and hall to ensure that the animals are happy in their living environment.

If you are on a Beijing Tour with little ones, make sure you stop by the Beijing Aquarium, and Beijing Zoo. They will enjoy every minute of it. The Beijing Aquarium opens at 9am and closes at 5pm daily. The Zoo opens up at 7:30am and closes at 6:00pm. The cost of the aquarium is 120-RMBs and the zoo cost 20-RMBs. It will be a good idea to plan on sending the whole day at the zoo and aquarium.

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Visit the Zoo Market for a Local Shopping Experience!

On October 8, 2011, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Shopping, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

For anyone planning to travel to Beijing who enjoys shopping and getting off the beaten track to where the locals hang out, it is definately worth making a trip out to the Beijing Zoo Market. This is an underground clothing market located opposite the Beijing Zoo, with the nearest subway stops being Xizhimen or Beijing […]

For anyone planning to travel to Beijing who enjoys shopping and getting off the beaten track to where the locals hang out, it is definately worth making a trip out to the Beijing Zoo Market. This is an underground clothing market located opposite the Beijing Zoo, with the nearest subway stops being Xizhimen or Beijing Zoo. The market is located between the second and third ring road in the west of the city, close to the student areas surrounding the big universities. It may be a short trip from your Beijing Hotel but the subway is simple, fast and the most practical transport mode to take. There is also an aquarium nearby worth a visit.

 

The market itself is predominantly clothing and accessories, generally focusing on women’s apparel however there are stalls selling menswear and children’s clothing. There is less of a focus on imitation designer goods, however these are still available just at a smaller volume than the notorious tourist markets such as the Silk Market and Yashow. You can often find many high street branded items, often these are a mix of copies with tags sewn in and genuine overstock from the factories. In my recent visit there was very convincing knitwear and clothing from H&M, Fornarina, ASOS, Topshop, New Look and Zara, which is probably a combination of genuine and imitation. Prices here are very good and not subject to the huge inflation you will experience at the other markets for having a western face.

 

Haggling is possible here but generally only a small margin from the quoted price. Many items such as jewellery, scarves and other accessories are sold at fixed prices. During my visit in the busy Golden Week public holiday I found a range of bargains at the cheapest price available in the city. Here is a short list of rough prices as of October 2011:

Scarves (depending on thickness) 25-40rmb

Purses (branded and unbranded) 35rmb

Necklaces/Earrings 10-35rmb

Tights (many styles and patterns) 10-20rmb

Vest tops (branded and high street) 12-30rmb

Cardigans 40-65rmb

Jeans 50rmb

Shoes/Sandals (high heels are more) 40-70rmb

Coats and jackets 70-140rmb

Skirts 30rmb

 

Once you are all shopped out there are a few budget options for food within the market itself, mostly vendors dotted about selling ice cream, drinks or grilled corn on the cob. If you are after a more substantial meal before heading back to your Beijing Hotel there is a McDonalds just outside the subway entrance and a short walk away (directly joined on to Xizhimen subway station) is the large Capita Mall which has a range of eating options, alongside more shopping if you still have money left over!

 

Beijing Zoo Travel Tips

On August 15, 2011, in Activities, Beijing, More Places of Interest, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Beijing Zoo is located in the Xizhimen Wai Street of Xicheng District. The zoo covers an area of 86 hectares and the water surface in the zoo covers an area of 8.6 hectares. In the east of the zoo there is the Beijing Exhibition Hall and Moscow Restaurant. The previous names of the zoo are […]

Beijing Zoo is located in the Xizhimen Wai Street of Xicheng District. The zoo covers an area of 86 hectares and the water surface in the zoo covers an area of 8.6 hectares. In the east of the zoo there is the Beijing Exhibition Hall and Moscow Restaurant. The previous names of the zoo are Farming Experiment Field, Natural Museum, the Ten Thousand Animals’ Garden and Western Suburbs’ Park. It is the oldest zoo and has the most animal species. It has more than one hundred years of history from 1906 to now. There are more than 450 species and 4500 animals for exhibition. Also they have more than 500 species of marine fish and marine animals. The Beijing Zoo receives 6oo million tourists every year. It is one of the large zoos and also the famous zoo in the world.

Best Time to visit Beijing Zoo

It is wonderful all year

Beijng Zoo Tickets:

Busy season: (April 1st—October 31th)

Coupon Ticket: 20RMB/person (including entrance ticket and panda house’ ticket)

Entrance Ticket: 15RMB/person (not including the ticket for panda house and the ticket for circus performance)

Ticket for Panda House: 5RMB/person

Low season: (November 1st—March 31th)

Coupon Ticket: 15RMB/person (including entrance ticket and the ticket for panda house)

Entrance Ticket: 10 RMB/person (not including the ticket for Panda House and the ticket for circus performance)

Ticket for Panda House: 5RMB/person

Students and foreign students (not including adult education, amateur education, night school or Handa, etc.) with the valid documents will enjoy preferential price. Busy season: 8RMB. Low season: 5RMB.

Mosquito craft: from Beijing Zoo to Beijing Exhibition Hall, 20 RMB/person, from Beijing Zoo to the Summer Palace (including the entrance ticket of the Summer Palace), 70RMB/person

Preferential Measures:

  1. The preschool children under 1.2 meters are free of charge.
  2. Students and foreign students (not including adult education, amateur education, night school or Handa, etc.) with the valid documents will enjoy preferential price. Busy season: 8RMB. Low season: 5RMB.

Ticket for Beijing Aquarium:

Adults: 120RMB/person

Primary and secondary students: 60RMB/person (with personal ID)

60 year olds and older people: 50RMB/person (with valid document)

Children under 1.2meters free of charge (an adult can bring 2 children under 1.2 meters and more than two children required to buy students tickets).

How to Get to Beijing Zoo

By subway: the line 4 and get off at Beijing Zoo.

By bus:

Take No. Te 4, No.7, No.15, No.19, No.27, No.45, No65, No.87, tram 102 and 103, Yuntong 104, 105, 106, tram105, 107, 111, Yuntong 205, night 206 and 209, No319, No.332, No.334, No.347, Man 360, Kuai 360, No.362, No.534, No.563, No.608, No. 614, No.632, No.685, No.697, No.714 and get off Beijing Zoo.

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Giraffe House

On August 15, 2011, in Activities, Beijing, More Places of Interest, by Jack Li

The Giraffe House of Beijing Zoo was built in August, 1957. Located in the south of the Longhe river, it is the highest house in the west of the zoo.  The Giraffe House is a tall building but only has one story. It has a steeple, which is very European. The highest part of the […]

The Giraffe House of Beijing Zoo was built in August, 1957. Located in the south of the Longhe river, it is the highest house in the west of the zoo.  The Giraffe House is a tall building but only has one story. It has a steeple, which is very European. The highest part of the building is 8.9 metres.

The central hall is 5 metres wide and 20 metres long. Giraffes live in seven separated rooms which cover an area of over 200 square metres. There is an enclosure near at hand between the visitors and giraffes which enables people to appreciate giraffes safely.

Next to the seven rooms are five outdoor sports grounds, which cover an area of over 3000 square kilometres. The sports grounds are separated by railings. Different animals can be put into different grounds for exercising. The sports grounds are surrounded by a visitor passage of 2.5 metres wide. Besides the railings outside the enclosure, there is a wall of 0.6 metres high to add more security.

Buildings inside the Giraffe House are all big and tall, which were designed especially for the special feature of the Giraffes.

Beijng Zoo (Beijing Dongwu Yuan)

Amphibians and Reptiles House

On August 15, 2011, in Activities, Beijing, More Places of Interest, by Jack Li

The Amphibians and Reptiles House is in the southwest part of Beijing zoo. It was built in 1979 with an area of 4345 square metres. It was one of the best houses in Beijing zoo. There are two floors in the house with functional rooms for exhibition, visiting, operations, food making and 90 exhibition rooms […]

The Amphibians and Reptiles House is in the southwest part of Beijing zoo. It was built in 1979 with an area of 4345 square metres. It was one of the best houses in Beijing zoo. There are two floors in the house with functional rooms for exhibition, visiting, operations, food making and 90 exhibition rooms in different sizes according to different animals. Among these rooms, the Yangtze alligator room is of 179 square metres while the one for snakes is less than 1 square metre. On the left side of the hall, the reptiles like crocodiles and turtles are on display. The crocodiles have the largest room. On the right side of the hall is a display hall of 12 metres long, 6.4 metres wide and 11 metres high. The first floor is for the amphibious animals. The Snakes are on the second floor. In the middle of the second floor there is an artificial tree which snakes can climb up and down. The hall has an air-conditioned system and a moisture adjustment system which was very advanced facilities when it was built in 1970s. Outside the Amphibian House are three sports ground, connecting with the crocodile exhibition. The amphibian sports grounds are decorated by the amphibian animal sculptures like crocodiles and frogs. In the east side of the house, there is a lake linked with the building by hanging ladders. The design of the Amphibian and Reptile House is vivid, lively and practical. It is one of the most important and successful architecture in the 1970s and 1980s.

Beijng Zoo (Beijing Dongwu Yuan)

The Beijing Zoo

On November 15, 2010, in Beijing, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The Beijing Zoo is a fun and family orientated animal park in the heart of Beijing’s capital city. You can take a China Depot Tour there to help get the best out of your trip to the zoo and for easy access to the site. It is one place you should definitely put on your […]

The Beijing Zoo is a fun and family orientated animal park in the heart of Beijing’s capital city. You can take a China Depot Tour there to help get the best out of your trip to the zoo and for easy access to the site. It is one place you should definitely put on your on travel to do list because you wouldn’t want to come all the way to China and not be able to see a panda! Taking a flight to China is

Panda's in Beijing Zoo

The zoo enclosure is very big and holds a huge selection of animals to go see. There are exotic birds to eagles, giraffes to elephants, monkeys to wolves, and even lions to bears! So it’s definitely worth a trip to the zoo if you like animals or not, just make sure you take a camera so you can take a lot of pictures.

The pandas are the most popular animal in the Zoo and have a great sanctuary for them here. Usually they are full of energy and excitement so going at the right times would be more beneficial for your trip to go during the afternoon or late afternoon, otherwise you’ll see a lot of sleeping animals. My favourite part of the day was seeing the lions, a few of the were inside and some were outside in a natural habitat. Other animals such as rhino’s, hippo’s and hyena’s are on show as part of the zoo.

Bear

As part your China voyage, make sure you at least check out the Beijing Zoo as part of your China Travel.

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