Beijing Zoo

City: Beijing

Country: China

Municipality: Beijing

Opened 1906


Species 950


The Beijing Zoo is best known for its collection of rare animals endemic to China including the Giant Pandas, which are zoo's most popular animals, the golden snub-nosed monkey, South China Tiger, white-lipped deer, Pere David's Deer, crested ibis, Chinese Alligator and the Chinese Giant Salamander. Other endangered or threatened species include Siberian tiger, yak, Przewalski's horse, snow leopard, Tibetan gazelle, and kiang. The zoo also has a broad collection of megafauna such as lion, jaguar, clouded leopard, Asian and African elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, black bear, polar bear, tapir, sea turtle, penguin, gorilla, chimpanzee, kangaroo, muntjac, addax, zebra, otter, bat, flamingo and lemur. The Beijing Zoo has 13 of the world's 15 species of cranes. The zoo is also a center of zoological research that studies and breeds rare animals from various continents.

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Beijing Zoo
No.137 Xizhimenwai Street
Xicheng District

Phone number 86-10-68315131

Opened minimum 7.30am - 5 pm

Entrance fee

  • Adult 15 RMB
  • Child 6-18 years 7,50 RMB

Entrance fee for zoo and pandahouse

  • Adult 19 RMB
  • Child 6-18 years 9,50 RMB

Entrance fee for the aquarium (the aquarium is in the middle of the zoo, so a seperate zoo ticket is needed)
  • Adult 150 RMB
  • Child 6-18 years 75 RMB

The zoo has a children area and a petting area


The zoo grounds originally housed an imperial manor during the Ming dynasty, that became part of the estate of the general Fuk'anggan during the Qing dynasty. In 1906, the Imperial Ministry for Agricultural, Industry and Commerce established an experimental farm, which held a small menagerie. The Viceroy of Liangjiang, Duanfang, purchased a batch animals from Germany and deposited them there. The animal collection attracted great interest when the farm opened to visitors in 1908. Empress Dowager Cixi and the Guangxu Emperor each visited the zoo twice. The farm was known as the Wanshouyuan or the "Garden of Ten Thousand Beasts". Among the historical buildings at the zoo is Changguanlou, a Baroque-style country-palace of Empress Dowager Cixi, designed by a French architect and built in 1908. It remains one of the best preserved Western-style palaces in China. After the Qing dynasty was overthrown in 1911, the zoo became a national botanical garden during the Republican period. During the Second Sino-Japanese War, many of the zoo's animals died of starvation, and some were poisoned by the Imperial Japanese Army. Only 13 monkeys and one old emu survived the war. In the 1930s, with French aid, Lamarck Hall, named after the botanist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, was built at the experimental farm and housed plant research. After Beijing became the capital of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the city government renamed the Beijing Agricultural Experimentation Center the Western Suburban Park (西郊公园) and began gradually rebuilding the zoo. In 1952, national leaders Mao Zedong, Zhu De, and Ren Bishi donated their war horses to the park. The park was renamed the Beijing Zoo in 1955. The zoo sent staff to study zoo management in the Soviet Union and Poland, and began to trade animals with Eastern Bloc countries - Burma, India, Indonesia, and Japan - to expand its collection. Leading Chinese universities also established a research presence in the zoo to study animal behavior and to breed endangered species. The zoo's development came to an abrupt halt during the Cultural Revolution as zoo staff were purged, research work stopped, and contacts with foreign zoos were severed. In the 1970s, as China forged diplomatic relations with the Western bloc, the zoo received animal gifts from the Australia, France, Mexico, Nepal, Spain, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The zoo also organized a four-year mission to Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania, which brought back 157 species and 1,000 animals including and aardvark, African elephant, baboon, giant tortoises, giraffe, Grant's gazelle, oryx, ostrich, Thomson's gazelle, wildebeest, and zebra. During the 1984 Summer Olympics, the Beijing Zoo sent a pair of giant pandas, Yingxin and Yong Yong, to Los Angeles for an exhibition. In 1987, Yong Yong and Ling Ling went on exhibition at the Bronx Zoo.1999 opened the zoo aquarium, the largest in Beijing

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After entering the main gate we turn left and soon after see a big water fowl lake with pelicans and ducks. Folowing the lake we see opposite the bird area. Here there are 4 main houses, one of exotic big birds like storks and flamingos. Another for parrots and a pheasantry. The last house is a hose you can enter where sea birds fly arround you. Back to the main southern path we turn right and follow it inside to the western area. Soon after we can follow the small path to the reptile house, a large building with giant tortoises, several species of crocodiles and the rare chinese giant salamander to mention a few. Following this path we then enter the area for snob-nosed monkeys. The zoo has 3 species. Then its time too see the great apes and the house for marmosets. The exterior enclosures are home to ring-tailed lemures and south american monkeys. It is followed by two monkey houses. Here you see several species of gibbons and baboons. Turning south we then have the penguin house and an enclosure for otters. Taking the next path to the north we have aplay ground and somes species of cranes. Going ob the other side of the stream and turning right we have the deer yards. Here we not only find deer like the Pere David's deer, but also animals like the Kian, red goral and different species of antelopes. In this area we also find the children's zoo. Passing the giraffe house and turning left we have some African animals. Going a bit south then we have two houses for tapir, one for tapirs frome latin america, the other for Malayan tapirs. In this area we also have some aviariaries. Heading north again we meet llamas, alpacas, the bison and some kangaroos. Crossing the bridge we have a large aviary for birds of prey followed by the rhino house, home to indian and white rhinos as well as hippos. Across are some enclosures for Przewalski's horse and bactrian camels. The next house is home to African and Asian elephants. The last house in this area is the huge aquarium, home to fish, sea lions andwhales. Crossing the bridge again we go a bit to the south and having on the right several pitts for tigers and lions. Going a bit back and following the path along the stream towards the car bridge we small cats like the lynx as well as the cheetah. Following are the asian black bears and brown bears, as well as the polar bear.Then we meet small carnivores like the corsac fox as well as the red panda. Its followed ba pheasantry, some cages for monkeys - like the ring-tailed lemurs and a house for noctural animals. The last area is for the Giant Pandas. Here you also meet the golden snub-nosed monkey and other chinese species.

DE: Peking Zoo ist der Artenrichste Zoo des landes, es werden neben chinesischen seltenheiten wie große pands und 3 Arten von Stumpfnasenaffen auch mehrere nicht chinesische Tiere gezeigt, wie Zwei Arten Elefanten und drei arten von Tapiren. Der Zoo verfügt auch über große Aquarium und Terrarium Häuser

DK: Beijing zoo er landets mest artsrige have. Den viser ved siden af kinesiske rariteter som den store panda og 3 stumpnæseabearter også flere eksotiske dyr, som 2 elefantarter og 3 tapirarter. Haven har ligeledes et stort akvarium og et stort terrarium
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