Beijing Zoo

Beijing Zoo: Hours, Address, Beijing Zoo Reviews: 3.5/5

Beijing Zoo
3.5
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Rosie B
London, UK9 contributions
Terrible Terrible Place
Aug 2020
This is a terrible zoo - CRUEL.
DO NOT GO HERE PLEASE!!!!!
Huahua a baby elephant has been here in isolation since his birth and is in great distress.
Some zoos are great but not this one.
If you want to see Pandas and a great zoo go to San Diego - Great Zoo, Great City.
Written July 13, 2021
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shaq
Fuzhou, China13 contributions
My Experience at Beijing Zoo
Sep 2020 • Solo
This zoo wasn’t what I thought it would be. The animals seemed like they were in distress and dirty. It was also very overcrowded. I didn’t enjoy the experience so I went to other places instead of staying throughout the duration of my ticket.
Written September 17, 2020
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Ash_Katchem
Budapest, Hungary52 contributions
Horrendous sh@#$ show of a zoo
Mar 2019 • Friends
I walked out disturbed after about 20 Mins. Animals kept in tanks and cages that didn't even allow them enough space to turn around. I'm no expert but it was clear to me the large cats were extremely distressed, pacing back and forth in dirty concrete cells. Bears in a concrete pit that the locals poured coke into their mouths much to their amusement. Snake aquariums where the snakes were either dead or hybinating and the mice that had been put in to feed them had resorted to eating each other. Shame on you China.
Written September 5, 2020
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chrissypooh18
3 contributions
An honest review: Not an animal activist by any means
Oct 2019
When I think about a zoo, I don't set myself up to feel sorry for the animals being confined even in small spaces. I don't go in ready to be outraged. I go in with the understanding that it's a frickin' zoo. Space will be limited and perhaps animal care won't be all the way up to par. And while that isn't "right" per se, it's just reality.

That said, I've been to many-a-zoo in my time and nothing has affected me more than when I visited the Beijing zoo. My problem has to do more with the zoo catering to the human experience more so than the animals in an absolutely over-the-top and absurd way.

The zoo itself is a beautiful park that spans over 200 acres and not only has statues and animal displays everywhere occupying the space, but also a designated garden, a river-like waterway where you can literally pay someone to "river" you around the zoo and an aquarium. The zoo itself was CLEAN. Sparkling clean. We even saw some personnel wiping up a spot (presumably bird poop) off the ground with the patience a thousand bodhisattvas. Surely, the animals must be well taken care of in this type of environment... or so I thought.

What was jarring to me was that with all of this space and attention to detail, the animals were blatantly left on the back burner. Some of them were pacing in circles in closet-like enclosures filled with dirt and sand. We saw animals just wasting away in their feces in their tiny compartments. And what I didn't really understand was that some animals (in particular, some of the small bear variety--not the pandas) had more space than they knew what to do with while some were cramped up in tiny enclosures with other animals for no other reason I guess outside of them lacking significance or importance. As someone else mentioned, some animals had to stay inside because of the cold....BUT even so, their confinement areas weren't kept tidy or wasn't spacious.

What really struck a nerve with me was seeing the African elephant in a cage it barely fit in...just to keep it out of the cold...surely, with all the money they put into statues, monuments and displays they could have made these confinements bigger for these animals.

It just seems like the Chinese government spent more money and attention making this a great "park" experience for Chinese visitors versus considering the conditions of the animals.

What's more, we had a security guard follow us around the park for an extended period (likely because we're foreigners). Being followed because I'm different is something I've experienced before so I wasn't particularly moved by this. But what really made me upset was that several Chinese visitors were teasing and taunting the animals to get a rise out of them -- apparently that's against park rules and several blind eyes were turned. I often wonder what would have happened to me if I did that.

Hypotheticals aside, I am highly disappointed in my experience. This zoo is simply backwards. It has the space, it has the money, it has the visitors but it has no respect for the animals and are willing to compromise the animals' wellness just to seem grandiose in the eyes of visitors.

I don't recommend that you waste your time or money visiting.
Written April 26, 2020
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Della McConnochie
9 contributions
Panda visit
Apr 2019
The worst zoo I have visited went to see the pandas
Their house was not well cared for pandas didnt
That well cared for none of the animals looked
Mostly living in cages very distressing to see a mother
Elephant with her baby walking round in circles as their
Cage so small with nothing in it even now some years on
I still can see that and unhappy the elephants were
Beijing I did not like at all and only went to see great wall
No desire to go back at all
Written March 14, 2020
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whoismikejones
London36 contributions
You feel really sorry for the animals there.
Jun 2019
This is one of the worst zoos I have ever visited.

The worst part is that the animals are kept in really bad conditions and look exploited. Secondly, the visitors' behaviour is shocking. People bang on the enclosure windows, yell to get the attention of animals, push and shove their way to get a better view, leave their rubbish in the green spaces.

My time there was definitely not enjoyable. I left feeling really sorry for the animals.
Written February 21, 2020
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Robert K
Gold Coast, Australia250 contributions
Beijing zoo
Nov 2019 • Friends
We visited the famous Beijing Zoo and I have to admit was very underwhelmed for sure seeing the animals in very small enclosures and I think the worst part was the Panda enclosure was so sad to see concrete tree and Pandas looked like they are so bored or drugged
Not impressed at all but I did see a funny thing and that was at a food outlet and that was fries with chocolate or strawberry topping omg that was so strange
Written February 18, 2020
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Miki J
Sydney, Australia41 contributions
Average but worth it!
Oct 2019
The zoo itself was pretty average & large, a loooot of walking space between each animal and there was definitely a lot of them. We have zoo's at home, so I wasn't expecting anything different. HOWEVER main reason we went was for the Panda's and that was definitely worth it. They had quite a few and they were adorable! Highly recommended you go early though, as it gets really crowded.
Written February 12, 2020
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652mariusr
Sydney, Australia121 contributions
The main attraction here are the Pandas.
Apr 2019
We were taken on the trip to see the pandas. As it was holiday time in china, the zoo was packed so was difficult to walk around. That said, took some nice photos of some of the pandas, most were asleep. The zoo looked clean, a lot of guides around to assist if needed.
Written February 11, 2020
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BoxNZ
Wellington, New Zealand25 contributions
Nowhere near as bad as some of the reviews
Jan 2020
We read many of the reviews about the poor conditions but we were pleasantly surprised. Perhaps the conditions have got better but we felt that in most cases they were quite fine for a zoo.

We saw most of the animals (i.e. we were not just there for the Pandas) and would have no problem recommending a stop here!
Written February 6, 2020
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