Zoos/Aquariums in Beijing

Beijing is an animal friendly city-- at least in terms of exotic animals that dwell behind bars! From the zoo to amazing aquariums and even a historical exhibit of stuffed animals, Beijing has found a way to take nature and wildlife and make it touchable and ever beautiful.

The Beijing Zoo, once a controversial animal housing facility, is now a lively, beautiful green park with delightful exhibits on animals and some information on the species as well. Still not up to western standards in terms of info or habitats, the zoo has come a long way in a mere five years. I expect the zoo to be continually improving into the future. Be aware, however, that the large cat exhibit has caused many westerners to be quite disturbed, so avoid that or else prepare yourself!

The aquarium in Beijing is said to be one of the biggest and best in Asia. With a wealth of sea life, including some creatures you can pet and prod for a few extra RMB, you'll find it an enlightening place to enjoy some clear blue water and sounds of sea. You do have to pay extra to enter the aquarium (part of the zoo) but it is worth the money and you'll be amazed at the exhibits.

Finally, when you have exhausted the aquariums and zoos in Beijing, head to the local parks where you can do some fishing, or else relax as you watch people walk their dogs and yes, sometimes their cats and ferrets.

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Beijing Zoo

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131 Xi Zhi Men Wai Avenue
Xi Cheng District

Animal Kingdom... read more

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Beijing Aquarium

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Xi Zhi Men Wai Avenue
Just inside the zoo's north gate

Fishy viewing... read more

Tai Ping Yang Underwater World

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11 West Third Ring Road Central Road
Hai Dian District

Beijing's bay of beasts... read more

Blue Zoo

South gate of the Workers' Stadium
Gong Ren Ti Yu Chang South Road,

Underwater tunnel... read more

Milu Yuan (Milu Park)

Nan Haizi Milu Yuan, Daxing Qu
Nan Haizi Milu Yuan, Daxing Qu

Elk Park and Animal Reserve... read more

Museum of Ancient Animals

142 Xia Hi Men Wai Road
Xi Cheng District

Small but interesting... read more

Xiang Shui Lake

East of Da Zhen Yu Village, Bo Hai Town
Huai Rou County

Scenic spot with caves and springs... read more

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Fishing & Picnic Tour

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Huai Rou County

Catch and eat trout... read more

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Chao Yang Park

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1 Nong Zhan South Road
Chao Yang District

Fun park with lakes and swimming pool... read more

YanQi Lake

Near the Greatwall at Mutianyu
Huairou County

Swim, fish or boat on the lake... read more
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