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Beijing Zoo MapBeijing Zoo is on Xizhimenwai Street (Xizhimenwai Dajie), in the downtown Beijing area of Xicheng District. With an area of 90 hectares (222 acres), it ranks the largest zoo in China. It is also the earliest Chinese zoo open to the public and has the largest variety of animals of all the zoos in China. The zoo has fostered a good relationship with other zoos in over fifty countries and districts. Animals that are presented to China by other countries and celebrities are bred and can be seen here.

The zoo now has around 600 different species of animal, with the total number of all animals amounting to over 5,000. There are dedicated houses for pandas, hippos, rhinoceros, giraffes, elephants, amphibians, reptiles, golden monkeys, orangutans, otters and other animals. In the two-storey house for amphibians and reptiles, visitors may see Yangtze alligators, crocodiles, tortoises, turtles, snakes and pythons. The magnificent and attractive Beijing Aquarium situated at the north end of the zoo is the biggest inland one in Asia, allowing people to explore the spectacle of the sea world.

There are also man-made hills for monkeys, bears, lions, tigers and special zones for beasts, pheasants, and deer, and Australian and African animals. Living at Bear Hill in the northeast corner of the zoo are white bears and black bears. A landmark building of the zoo, the Liger Hill, is inhabited by African lions, Bengal tigers, Siberian tigers, jaguars, and panthers. Behind the Liger Hill, Amur leopards, clouded leopards, snow leopards and lynxes show their inherent savagery. The Pheasant Center near the south gate to the zoo displays winged wildlife, such as cobalt-winged parakeets, bustards and condors.

The zoo has a history of over 100 years, and a few historical sites can be found, some of which are used as display halls. The Changguan Hall, built as Xanadu in 1908, is a two-storey building in the European style, yet it isn't open to the public. In addition to the animals, visitors can also appreciate the peonies in a peony garden.

CNY 15
Entrance Fee
CNY 20
including Entrance Fee and Panda House
CNY 40 including Entrance Fee, Cruise Ship and Panda House
CNY 130 including Entrance Fee, Beijing Aquarium and Panda House
Opening Hours
April - October
November - March
Beijing Aquarium 09:00 - 17:30
Bus Route
7, 27, 45, 102, 105, 107, 111, 206, 206, 209, 319, 347, 362, 601, 632, 634, 714, 716, 732, 808, 814, 904 to Dongwuyuan (Beijing Zoo, 北京动物园)

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Comments and Questions

from Beijing Zoo how can we reach summer palace without the use of boat

Reply9/24/2015 9:07:57 AMliwayway acero,   Philippines

How can I reach Beijing Zoo, I am living in Beijing CBD area in Landmark Towers.

Reply9/24/2015 3:43:14 AMSaqib

from Holiday Inn Central Plaza, Beijing how long is the travel time to the zoo.
and how much would it cost taking a taxi or by train??? appreciate ur advice on the public transpo in getting there thank you

Reply5/16/2015 8:34:50 AMlyn,   Qatar

Liana :5/25/2015 9:38:17 PM

By taxi, it costs around CNY35.
By public transport, bus is recommended. Walk from the hotel to Baizhifang Qiaobei bus stop to take bus no. 679 and get off at Baishiqiao Dong. After getting off, you can find the zoo nearby.

How far from Novotel xinlo area ? How much is tickets to visit all beijing zoo ?

Reply12/10/2014 5:58:42 AMMihir,   Thailand

Cathy :12/14/2014 3:05:21 AM

I wonder whether you refer to the Novotel in Shuguang Xili? If so, it is around 9.4mi from the zoo. To visit all in the zoo, the fee is CNY20 per person.

Hi,how should we go to Beijing Zoo from Hilton Hotel Wangfujing by metro?How much would it be per Taxi?How long does it take?KR Nikolaus

Reply9/25/2014 2:32:52 AMNikolaus Lindner,   Austria

Jason :12/14/2014 3:08:44 AM

Walk from your hotel to Wangfujing metro station and take subway line 2 to Xidan. There you can transfer to line 4 to the zoo. It takes around 25min to arrive. If traveling by taxi, the cost is CNY35-40 and you can reach in around 15min.

How long does it take to finish touring the Beijing Zoo (including Aquarium)?

Reply6/12/2014 5:24:26 AMIsabella,   Singapore

Jon ( China ) :7/16/2014 9:43:31 AM

My wife and I went through the zoo alone and that took around 2.5 hours. Add another hour for the aquarium. If you go on a Friday expect massive lines. Monday-Thursday 3.5 hours total. Friday will take you around 5+ hours.

How can i go to summer place and bell and drum tower from shiji huang shan hotel? Will go this april 27 to 30.tnx

Reply4/15/2014 8:22:38 AMmyrna_mesana,   Philippines

Bonnie :4/15/2014 9:51:03 PM

from the hotel walk north and turn left. you can find a Friendship Hospital bus stop. take bus No. 15 for 5 stops to Xuanwumen East. Take subway line 4 to Beigongmen station, and leave from Exit D, you will find the north gate of Summer Palace.
to get to the Bell and Drum Tower from the hotel, you can walk north for about 90 meters and turn left at the second turning. turn right to Banzhang road after about 70 meters. go northward for about 200 meters and turn right. you will find a bus stop under the overpass after about 100 meters. there you can take bus No. 5 for 10 stops and get off at Gulou (Drum Tower) stop.

I would like to ask, how can i go to panda zoo from kempinski hotel, beijing?and how much should I pay?

Thank you

Reply5/6/2013 12:36:01 AMNur Farhana,   Malaysia

James :5/9/2013 7:08:40 PM

you can take subway line 10 from Liangmaqiao station to Haidianhuangzhuan and then change to line 4 to Beijing Zoo, the fare is CNY 2 per person.
the taxi fare will be around CNY 40 per cab.

Nur Farhana ( Malaysia ) :5/9/2013 8:07:21 PM

Is it possible for me to walk from my hotel, if i look at the map, it quite close from my hotel.

Rita :5/10/2013 7:45:00 PM

i don't think so, they are a little far from each other.

Is it possible to enter the place with pandas and take pictures with them, holding them? Hope to hear from someone soon :)

Reply12/25/2012 11:18:18 AMXenia,   Yugoslavia

Wendy :12/25/2012 5:14:09 PM

no, it is not possible to get close to the pandas, take pictures with them, or hold them in the Beijing zoo.
but it is possible in the Sichuan Panda base.

Xenia ( Yugoslavia ) :12/26/2012 1:53:25 AM

Are they close enough so I can see them nicely? :)

Rosa :12/26/2012 5:34:59 PM

yes, they are close enough for you to see. but remember to visit the zoo in early morning before 10:00. or the pandas will go to sleep after 10:00.

I just wanted to make sure that there are penguins in this zoo. I know that the ticket is separate but I don't know how much it costs. Also, could you tell me the timings for the zoo? Thanks.

Reply11/17/2012 7:56:13 AMPenguin

Ruby :11/17/2012 6:05:57 PM

As I knwo, you don't need to buy a separate ticket for the penhuins hall. The opening time for the zoo is 7:30-18:00 (Apr. 1 - Oct. 31), 7:30-17:00 (Nov. 1 - Mar. 31).
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