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Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Kids Enjoyed Walking with the Fishes

Every city we go to, my kids want to either go to the zoo or visit the local Aquarium. For me, I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Singapore, Singapore
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Great But Could Be Better

Some great undersea things to see. Loved the sharks. Got my first seniors discount of my life for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
West Vancouver, Canada
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Delightfully spacious and well-lit aquarium filled with a great selection of Asian fish. The highlight is the impressive tunnels where you under the tanks and surrounded by fish.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
No.1388 Lujiazui Ring Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200120, China
+86 21 5877 9988
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Aquarium is huge. Many kind of rare species fish can be seen here. Kids under 100cm enter for free. Strollers can bring along inside the Aquarium.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank hafeezajamil
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every city we go to, my kids want to either go to the zoo or visit the local Aquarium. For me, I found it very much similar to Aquariums around other city and not distinct. But, the kids still liked it and thats good enough...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some great undersea things to see. Loved the sharks. Got my first seniors discount of my life for being 60.... not sure if I like this or not. The SA is worth a visit for an hour or two but it needs a little clean...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank EconomistGuy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is said that this aquarium the longest tunnel in Asia and of course it's a must to visit. Lots of sea creatures to see compare to Jakarta. Next to the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank EtaTandela
Reviewed November 7, 2018

A large, could be crowded on weekends and vacations aquarium, with very well organized tour, some of it on a conveyor belt...

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Meir D
Reviewed October 29, 2018

It is one of the best aquariums I have been through. Its huge and offers a lot to see. It does not have huge room to sit and just stare at under water life like the one in Singapore but yes it has a auto-walk...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Sourabh-Joshi-INDIA
Reviewed October 25, 2018

My first time in Shanghai and there is SO MUCH to SEE and DO! Visiting the aquarium was at the top of our list! Not disappointed in the least! Totally worth a visit! You won't be disappointed....unless you already live in the ocean.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

There are different issues at play here. The aquarium itself, is just okay. It's honestly nothing special, though it does have some excellent pieces. The Jellyfish part, the overfishing part and the tunnel are all quite good. Everything else is.....as I said, nothing special. Biggest...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank KW M
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

Not the best aquarium, but far from the worst. There are seals, penguins, turtles, sharks, jellyfish and lots of other miscellaneous fish. Good for young kids that are a bit sick of other types of site seeing. I recommend going on a week day because...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BecBennett
Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

We visited during the autumn festival and the aquarium was slightly chaotic. People pushing everywhere. The displays are good but you can see the aquarium has been around for sometime and some displays look dated. Otherwise enjoyable and worth a visit. Restaurant doesn't look too...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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October 16, 2016|
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Response from Pradeep K | Reviewed this property |
It depends upon your own interest in fishes and other marine animals. But at the least you would need one hour, which can stretch up to five hours.
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April 27, 2016|
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Response from JGBC2014 | Reviewed this property |
.The price per adult is 160 yuan. You can spend your time better in Shanghai than visiting this aquarium.
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Melbourne, Australia
Shanghai Ocean aquarium (6 Replies)
Hi Does the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium have a touch pool like Aquaria 21? What else is there to do at the Aquarium besides the tunnel? Thank you for your help LizaNTrevor
November 04, 2009|
Response fromlaowai88|
No, and that is probably better for the animals. If you visit the aquarium you will see "Do not touch" signs at every aquarium and children banging against them with their parents smiling. Now imagine they had a touch pool...
Shanghai Ocean Aquarium or Aquaria 21? (5 Replies)
Thinking of bringing my kids to one of these aquariums. Aquaria 21 is the one in Chang Feng. Which one is better? Thanks.
November 07, 2008|
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Hi personally i feel that Shanghai aquarium just beside the Oriental Pearl Tower is better.Its neat n has the longest underwater tunnel.Besides there r so many other attractions near to it like the heritage museum,Pearl Tower or take the sights from the tallest building in the world NewWorldFinancialTower at its skybridge at 101 storey high.Also its so easy to reach.From here u can proceed to the Science n technology museum a must for the kids.along the same metro line 2 at Pudong.Im sure the...More
San Francisco
Shanghai Ocean Aquarium (2 Replies)
Hi! I'm coming from San Francisco and as I am kind of a nut for sea creatures, one of my very favorite places in the world is the Monterey Bay Aquarium just a bit south from me. I'll be visiting Shanghai in the fall and after reading the DK guide, something that really piqued my interest was the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. The guide had great things to say about it (conversely, Lonely Planet barely even mentions itl). I was wondering if anyone here had been to both, and if they though the...More
March 04, 2010|
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My opinion could be subjective as i find that i like the Shanghai ocean aquarium more.I esp like the long underwater tunnel but u need to walk slowly here as the tunnel is very nice but it leads directly straight to EXIT at its end.