Beijing Zoo

One of the Oldest Zoos in China
Beijing Zoo

The zoo is remarkable for its having the most comprehensive collection of species in China. Its history dates back to the late Qing Dynasty in 1906. The zoo is divided into three zones: the East, the South and the North Zone. The main entrance leads to the East Zone. The Beijing Aquarium is in the North Zone (fee charged separately).

Quick Facts
  • Chinese Name: Běi jīng dòng wù yuán
  • Constructed: 1906
  • Duration: 2-4 hours
  • Entrance fee: RMB 15 per person, peak season (from April 1 to October 31)
    RMB 10 per person, off season (from November 1 to March 31 of the following year)
    Coupon (including the Panda House and Beijing Zoo Tickets):
    RMB 19 per person, peak season (from April 1 to October 31)
    RMB 14 per person, off season (from November 1 to March 31 of the following year)
  • Opening hours: April 1 - October 31: 7:30 - 18:00 November 1 - March 31: 7:30 - 17:00
  • Address: No. 137, Xizhimenwai Avenue, Xicheng District, Beijing
  • Best time to visit: All year round
  • How to get there: Bus: To South Gate of Beijing Zoo: Take No. 27, 87, 105, 107, 111, 206, 209, 319, 347, 360, 362, 534, 563, 608, 614, 632, 697, 714, Te 4, Yuntong 104, Yuntong 105, Yuntong 106 or Yuntong 205 and get off at the Beijing Zoo Station, or take Beijing Subway and get off at the Zoo Station, Line 4, Exit A.
    To North Gate of Beijing Zoo: Take No. 16, 26, Yuntong 103 or Yuntong 105 and get off at the Beijing Jiaotong University Station

Highlights of Beijing Zoo

1. The Beijing Aquarium

the beijing aquariumThe Aquarium

The Beijing Aquarium is one of the largest inland aquariums in the world. It provides various services such as viewing, popular science education, and recreation.

The spectacular Beijing Aquarium is unique in that it is shaped like a giant blue conch (shell) that is lying on a sandy beach surrounded by greenery and clusters of flowers. The Aquarium is divided into seven thematic exhibition areas with the aim of “cultivating the public, informing the pupils, and maintaining a reasonable ecology”. There are more than a thousand marine species and tens of thousands of creatures managed and displayed. It promotes the awareness of aquatic organisms to visitors through plentiful fish displays, protection of precious and endangered species, and various popular science activities. Visitors improve their knowledge about marine creatures and enhance environmental awareness. They can enjoy the tour and raise the awareness to “love marine animals and protect our planet”.

2. Panda House

panda in beijing zoo Panda

The Panda House is mainly composed of the Asian Games Panda House and Olympic Games Panda Museum. The former house was built in 1989. Its structure refers to Chinese classical gardens and the form of a Taiji diagram. It is shaped like bamboo shoots. The 11 pairs of arches are like the bamboo knots which enclose bamboo shoots. The house and the grounds are divided into parts for adult pandas, young pandas, and parent & child pandas for the exhibition.

3. Golden Monkey House

Golden snub-nosed monkeys are unique to China. They are as precious and renowned as pandas are. Golden monkeys fall in three categories: Sichuan Golden Monkey, Guizhou Golden Monkey and Yunnan Golden Monkey, all of which have been listed with the first class protected animals. Beijing Zoo is currently the only zoo in the world that exhibits all three golden monkeys at the same time.

4. The Zoology Museum

the zoology museum The Zoology Museum

The Zoology Museum covers an area of 3,000 m2 and has a display area of 5,500 m2. It is by far the largest building for popular science among all the zoos worldwide. The three layered museum has eight venues: plants, insects, approaching zoos, approaching nature, knowledge of animals, biodiversity, temporary exhibition halls, and education centers. The content of animal knowledge displayed is very extensive, covering those flying in the sky, running on the ground and swimming in the water. High-tech techniques are used to vividly demonstrate all images, which are artistic, informative and interesting. The display of various animals do expand visitors’ horizons, increase their knowledge and cultivate the love for living creatures. People learn about animals and respect for nature here.

By Shirley Li
Web Editor