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Beijing Tour Guide: Beijing Zoo and Aquarium


Beijing Zoo, situated to the west of Beijing Exhibition Center, was known for a short time after the founding of the People's Republic as the 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 was originally built in 1908, and initially named the Ten Thousand Animal Garden. The Zoo is a comprehensive zoo, which includes the Beijing Aquarium. Originally, it was a Ming Dynasty imperial manor, but during the Qing Dynasty, the area became an animal husbandry and plant cultivation area. After the demise of the Qing Dynasty, the park was reconstructed and known as the West Suburb Park.

On the eve of the founding of the People's Republic of 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.

At present, the zoo houses over 7,000 creatures of 600 different species, including the giant panda, red-crowned crane and Pere David's deer-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.

The Beijing Zoo mainly exhibits wild and rare animals from China and abroad. Visitors from around the world come to visit the zoo for the Panda and the Golden Monkey, both native to China. The zoo boasts a population of 20,000 animals with at least 900 species. Conditions at the zoo used to be very poor and still lag well behind the best Western zoos, but facilities are being improved.

 Visitors coming to the zoo can take a boat (only operational in the warmer months) all the way to the Summer Palace and Purple Bamboo Park.

 The best time to visit the zoo is during the warm months, when all the animals are still active.

 Though the Beijing Zoo has been extensively remodeled in recent years, it still is not up to world-class standards when it comes to animal living conditions. The zoo, however, is open to giant pandas, which are worth a detour on the way to the aquarium.

 The aquarium, which opened in 1999, is an attraction that both the young and the young at heart will enjoy. It’s located in the northwest corner of the Beijing Zoo. This means visitors will be able to see two attractions at the same time

  

 

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