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Beijing Wildlife Park
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$89.00*
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Private Full-Day Beijing Wildlife Park Tour
Ranked #139 of 1,612 things to do in Beijing
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

Way better than the zoo in downtown Beijing. Booked a private car to take me to and from this place (about 150RMB each way). Well worth it. So much fun. Getting caged up in the pickup in the back of the park and driving through the wild animals was insane. An only in China experience. Highly recommend if you have a little one with you in China.

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Reviewed October 14, 2010

This is another one of those places that is unlikely to attract the average short-term visitor to Beijing and, quite frankly, that is probably for the better. Situated about 60km south of the city, you would ideally require private transport to get there and back. There is a bus (937支2) from Nanlishilu (subway line 1, exit D1 walk west) which terminates at the park - but it is over 50 stops.

Comparisons are likely to be drawn between this place and Beijing Zoo, and whilst the Wildlife Park benefits from a far more expansive parkland site with larger enclosures and less visitor numbers, it is unclear whether the animals are any better looked after than at the zoo (which has, perhaps not unreasonably, been the subject of negative criticism in this regard). There is plenty of signage requesting patrons to respect the creatures’ comfort, yet inappropriate feeding and goading is still in evidence here. I witnessed a keeper giving a chimpanzee cola from a bottle, for example, and people banging on the glass in the nocturnal house. The latter was exceptionally dismal; Spartan ‘cells’, over-lit (hence animals all asleep until awoken by the banging) with no attempt to create any ‘natural’ habitat. However, the Golden Monkey house and big-cat enclosures seemed to be much better built, both having high and lower level viewing areas.

In addition to the zoo-like area, there is also a safari-park area. I believe the entry ticket includes a coach journey through this area but we opted for a more open, mesh-enclosed truck ride for an extra 10rmb thinking that it would be better to see the animals close up. You are driven through the different spaces separated by double gates and we also paid extra so that the kids could have a bucket of carrots to feed to some of the animals. This was possibly the most disappointing and annoying aspect of the entire visit and I felt it was a complete rip-off. It particularly angered me because of the fact that we had children with us. The ‘safari’ itself is quite safe and all the really dangerous animals, like big cats, are behind another fence anyway; it is only animals like the deer, zebras, giraffes and pigs that can come close to the trucks. However, we were given virtually no time to feed the animals and came back with most of the vegetables untouched. The driver appeared to be more keen on getting into the double-gated transit points with the truck in front than allowing us time to actually look at the animals. If we were lucky, we might have stopped for 30 seconds at most in any one place. Indeed, the rate of ‘moving on’ was so fast that I often couldn’t actually either switch on or set my camera (which is a pretty simple one) to picture or movie before we were off again. The onboard guide did nothing to help the situation despite all the complaints and some Chinese folks ended up in a rather heated argument when it was time to get off. Absolutely awful.

The entrance fee, which is a whopping 80rmb, includes admission to two animal performance areas where shows are held regularly throughout the day. I missed the bird show, apart from the last couple of minutes, but it seemed rather circus-oriented (a monkey was pedaling a little bike across a high wire, with a peacock in a basket underneath, over a pool). The main show, however, used jumping and balancing bears, monkeys on bikes and stilts, and lions jumping through hoops. I felt somewhat uneasy seeing the bears walking about on their hind legs, in a human fashion, and wasn’t happy when the three monkeys rode their tandem out of the backstage area straight into the fence. Similarly, the monkey with stilts who fell off the see-saw didn’t appear so happy in itself.

All in all, I was completely underwhelmed by the experience of visiting this place. From the moment I paid for the tickets and first laid sight on the grounds, despite their pleasant appearance, I had a feeling that I was not going to be getting good value for money. The first thing we came across was a little enclosed space with doves and pigeons that you had to pay another 10rmb for a little packet of seeds to feed to them (otherwise you couldn’t go in). Then there was the safari fiasco, which incidentally drops you amongst all manner of other extra-payable activities (electric cart, photos with snakes, parrots or toy tigers, kiddies rides etc.), and finally the somewhat disturbing animal shows followed by a walk out through the depressing birds and nocturnal houses. And when you leave they also stiff you for 5rmb parking. My advice, if you are an animal fan, would be to use your money to support Beijing Zoo and your time to lobby for improving its facilities rather than spending either at Beijing Wildlife Park.

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