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Beijing Zoo

  • Beijing Zoo is the earliest and one of the biggest zoo in China with the largest number of animal species. It is home to more than 5,000 animals of 500 different species, and more than 10,000 marine fish and marine organisms of 500 different species. More than 6 million Chinese and foreign tourists come to visit the zoo every year. It is a world-renowned zoo.


  • ID : 19
  • City : beijing
  • English name : Panda (Beijing Zoo)
  • Chinese name : 北京动物园(含熊猫馆)
  • Type : Zoo,
  • Level : easy
  • Kids : Suggested
  • Elders: Suggested
  • Best season : Spring, Summer and Autumn
  • Visiting length : 4 hours
  • Distance to city center : 12 km

Introduction of Beijing Zoo

  • Beijing Zoo, situated to the west of Beijing Exhibition Center, facing Beijing Astronomical Observatory, was known for a short time after the founding of the Peoples Republic as Western Suburbs Park (Xijiao Gongyuan). The grounds combine cultivated flower gardens with stretches of natural scenery, including dense groves of trees, stretches of grassland, a small stream, lotus pools and small hills dotted with pavilions and halls.
    Beijing Zoo covers an area of 86 hectares, including a water area of 8.6 hectares. It was built in 1955 on the foundation of Wansheng Garden of the Qing Dynasty. It is the earliest and one of the biggest zoo in China with the largest number of animal species.
    Beijing Zoo mainly exhibits wild and rare animals growing in China, such as the Panda and the Golden Monkey. Visitors usually go to see the famous giant pandas, but there are many other interesting animals including golden monkeys, Manchurian tigers, white-lipped deer, yaks from Tibet and enormous sea turtles, White Bear from the North Pole, Kangaroo from Australia, Zebra from Africa. Moreover, heads of states gave some of the animals.
    The zoo is also a famous center of zoological research and they collect and breed rare birds and animals from various continents.

Photo of Panda (Beijing Zoo)

  • The photo of Beijing Zoo covers several kinds of animal: monkey, panda, penguin, fox and toucan.
  • Panda (Beijing Zoo) photo

Highlights of visiting Beijing Zoo

    Beijing Aquarium, Panda House

Helper to visit Panda (Beijing Zoo)

  • Address in English : No. 137, Xizhimenwai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
  • Address in Chinese : 北京市西城区西直门外大街137号
  • Tel : +8610-68390274
  • Post code : 100044
  • Ticket time : 7:30 - 18:00(April 1st - October 31st ), 7:30 - 17:00(November 1st - March 31st)
  • Open time : 7:30 - 18:00(April 1st - October 31st ), 7:30 - 17:00(November 1st - March 31st)
  • Closing time : Null
  • Location : Panda (Beijing Zoo) is around 12 km to downtown beijing


  • Public bus: Bus 27, 87, 105, 107, 111, 332, 347, 360, 362, 534, 563, 632, or Special Line 4(Dongwuyuan Station)
  • Subway: Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Dongwuyuan Station.
  • Private car is the best method to visit Panda (Beijing Zoo) with local tour operator.


  • high season : 20 RMB/person.
  • shoulder season : 20 RMB/person.
  • low season : 20 RMB/person.

Beijing Zoo Tour

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Map of Beijing Zoo

  • The right bottom part of this map of shows the location of Beijing Zoo in Beijing City. The main map show the inner layout of animal zone in the zoo. From this map you know there are 4 gates available.
  • Panda (Beijing Zoo) map

Hotel Near Beijing Zoo

  • 5 star/duluxe hotel
  • Presidential Hotel Beijing
  • Grand Metropark Yuantong Hotel Beijing
  • Xiyuan Hotel Beijing
  • 4 star/superior hotel
  • Holiday Inn Downtown Beijing
  • Beijing Xinjiang Plaza
  • Guoyi Hotel Beijing
  • 3 star/comfort hotel
  • Orange Hotel Select (Beijing Xizhimen)
  • Sunshine Jiayu Golden Hotel
  • History
  • Beijing Zoo was originally the imperial manor in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). During that period, an imperial mansion called the Garden of Happiness and Friendship constructed for Prince Kang stood here. Plants were cultivated and animals were raised here during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). In the 18th century, the zoo was known as the Sanbeizi Gardens, supposedly named after the third son of Emperor Kangxi, Prince Cheng Yin. Another explanation is that Sanbeizi refereed to the Qing courtier Fu Kang an. and during the Qing, part of the Sanbeizi Gardens called the Garden of Continuity (Jiyuan) became the private property of an official in the Bureau of Palace Affairs. In 1906, during the reign of Emperor Guangxu, the park area became an agricultural experimental farm and a zoo.
    Under the successive rule of the Northern Warlords, the Japanese and the Kuomintang, the park became increasingly desolate. The only elephant died in 1937, and the Japanese, under the pretext of protecting themselves against air raids, poisoned the remaining lions, tigers and leopards. On the eve of the founding of New China in 1949, the park housed only 12 monkeys, two parrots and a blind emu. The park was reopened to the public in 1950, and on April 10, 1955 formally named the Beijing Zoo.
    The zoo has developed rapidly and by 1987 it covered an area of over 40,000 square meters. Bears, elephants, pandas, lions, tigers, songbirds, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, antelopes and giraffes were brought in the late 1950s, and a gorilla cage, leaf-monkey cage and aquarium house, was opened, containing specimens of over 100 species of reptiles from all over the world, including crocodiles and pythons.
    After the liberation, it was reconstructed and was known as the West Suburb Park. And in 1955, the name was changed to Beijing Zoo.
    At present, the zoo houses over 5,000 creatures of 500 different species, including the giant panda and red-crowned crane -all unique to China-as well as the African giraffe, rhinoceros, chimpanzee and antelope, American continent, wild ox from Europe, and elephant and gibbon from India.

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    • Main Animal Houses
    • The Exhibition area of Beijing Zoo is divided east area, west area and north area. The animal houses are mainly located in the east and west area. Lions and Tigers Hill, Bears Hill, Monkeys Hill, White Bear House, Nocturnal Animals House, Cat House, Pheasant House and Panda House are located in the east area. Golden Monkey House, Amphibian and Reptile House, Gorilla House, Giraffe House, Deer House and Goral House are located in the west area. There is also a Children's zoo in this area. Children can feed some small animals. The North area mainly has Rhinoceros and Hippo House, Elephant House and Beijing Aquarium.
    • Lions and Tigers Hill Built in 1956, Lions and Tigers Hill is one of the landmarks of the Beijing Zoo. The appearance of Lions and Tigers Hill is hill-like and the interior is cave-like. The house is a home to a variety of large cats including African lions, white lions, white tigers, and tigers.
      In 2009, a bronze sculpture of a tiger named "Shan Jun" was erected on the north side of Lions and Tigers Hill. The tiger is 19.48 meters long, 9.18 meters high and weighs 30 tons. This is the first large animal sculpture in the Beijing Zoo.
    • Panda House The Panda House was built in 1990 as a gift project for the 11th Asian Games. It covers an area of 10,000 square meters, including a construction area of 1,452 square meters and an outdoor sports area of 2,000 square meters. The main building is in the shape of a coiled bamboo, with 11 semi-circular arches distributed along the direction of the bamboo section, symbolizing the 11th Asian Games. The exhibition hall and sports ground is divided into three parts for adult giant pandas, young giant pandas, and mother and child giant pandas. Each exhibition hall is relatively independent, but connected by some rooms.
      In 2008, the Olympic Panda Pavilion was built, where eight giant pandas from the Wolong Panda Reserve were temporarily exhibited. The original Panda house is renamed the Asian Games Panda House.
    • Cat Animal House Cat Animal House was built in 2007. It was originally medium animal house. The new house has a construction area of about 3,200 square meters, including an animal exhibition hall area of 800 square meters, a sports field area of 600 square meters, a tourist visiting area of 1,000 square meters, and an animal breeding house area of 300 square meters.
      Cat Animal House is divided into four areas, tropical rain forest area, temperate forest area, savanna area and alpine animal area. In addition, there is an animal science museum of about 500 square meters. The exhibition halls are connected by indoor and outdoor tourist passages.
      According to the living habits and feeding methods of various cat animals, there are eight animal houses on the first floor, mainly raising leopard cats, lynx caracal, Eurasian lynx, jaguars, cougars, and black panthers. There are four animal houses on the Second floor, mainly breeding South China leopards and Korean leopards. Each animal house has a corresponding outdoor sports field. An open-air exhibition area of cheetah is located on the south side of the house.
    • Beijing Aquarium Beijing Aquarium is now the world's largest, most modern and advanced Marine life Museum in the world. It covers an area of 120,000 square meters. The construction area is 42,000 square meters. The aquarium has a world-class living system. It uses artificial seawater with a total water volume of 18,000 tons. Beijing Aquarium houses the largest collection of marine fish and creatures. It breeds more than 1,000 marine species and freshwater fish. The exhibition area is divided into seven sections, Rainforest Wonder, Feel Pool, Seabed Travel, Bailing Town, Rare Chinese Sturgeon Hall, Whales and Globefish Hall and Ocean Theater.
      In addition, Beijing Aquarium also has a marine animal performance group, including dolphins, whales and sea lions, etc.
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    • Ancient Building in the Beijing Zoo
    • Except animals, visitors also can find some ancient buildings and historical relics in the Beijing Zoo. The most famous is Changguan Building. It was built as a royal palace in 1908 during the Guangxu Period of Qing Dynasty. Changguan Building is two-storey building with European Baroque style. The structure is mixed with brick and wood. There is a 75cm-high base of gray brick. The wall is earthy red. There is a circular platform on the top of the building with European-style railings made of copper, where one can overlook the distance. Sun Yat-sen, the pioneer of the Revolution of 1911, once lived in Changguan Building when he came to Beijing. It is not open to visitors now.
      The other historical relics include Lemarck Hall, The Memorial Tower of Song Jiaoren, Changchun Hall, Bin Feng Hall, Peony Pavilion, and so on.
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