Beijing Zoo

Price guide: Budget

137 Baishiqiao Road, Xizhimenwai Avenue, Beijing

Price guide: Budget

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By Tom O'Malley, your Beijing expert

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expert-rated things to do in Beijing
Expert overall rating:3.7 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Escaping the crowds, Nature / wildlife

Best for Families - Expert review of Beijing Zoo

The pandas here get the VIP treatment, but other animals – like tigers – don’t fare so well.

With dog ownership on the rise, the Chinese are only recently becoming a nation of animal lovers. Seems it’s too late for some of the poor tigers, elephants and other creatures who endure Alcatraz-like conditions here, not to mention domestic tourists going to great, cage-rattling lengths to get a rise out of the sullen beasts. Conversely, the giant pandas are given luxury accommodation, housed in a much larger, better equipped complex that requires a supplementary ticket. The zoo park itself makes for pleasant wandering in warm weather, and the nearby Beijing Aquarium is actually pretty good.

Price advice: 

Zoo entry is dirt cheap at just 15 RMB a ticket, plus an extra 5 RMB for the panda house.

Expert tips: 
Combine with a visit to the Beijing Aquarium on the northeast corner of the zoo park for an animal-themed family day out.
In summer, it’s possible to get a boat from the zoo to the Summer Palace, running along an old canal.

More information on Beijing Zoo:

Price guide:
Zoo / wildlife park / aquarium
137 Baishiqiao Road, Xizhimenwai Avenue, Beijing
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 7.30am-5.30pm

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