Beijing Zoo

Address: 137 Baishiqiao Road, Xizhimenwai Avenue, Beijing, China

- Budget


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.

Value for money

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.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Nature / wildlife