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“One of the best zoos I've ever been to”

Chimelong Safari Park
Ranked #3 of 712 things to do in Guangzhou
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Guangzhou Chimelong Safari Park wild animal world belongs to the first batch of the national, Guangzhou's only national 5A scenic spot tourism resort, located in Panyu, Guangzhou. The park with large populations of wild animal breeding and self driving ornamental features, known as the most China international standard of national wild animal zoo, is the world's population, up to the wild animal theme park. 6 highlights waiting for you to explore: long long wild animal world 4 highlights, the paradise of rare animals, self driving tours of animals, animals, animals to grab the eye, animal science base, leading the industry trend.
Reviewed December 14, 2017

For someone who's visited practically every zoo and safari in the UK, and knowing the standards at places like Beijing Zoo and Badaling Safari (both of which are terrible, regardless if you care about animals or not,) I wasn't expecting much which is why initially we only went to Chimelong Paradise and the Water Park.

However our expectations were blown away upon entering. Although it was busy, the staff were still extremely friendlier than they are at most attractions, something I've only seen at Chimelong so far. The attractions were all reasonably clean, had lots of information about each animal and the animals themselves seemed much livelier and active than any I'd ever seen in England. There were also quite a lot of them-in terms of tigers, there must have been around 50 of them, including white tigers and baby tigers too. This is a similar case for the amount of birds and monkeys, as well as having about twenty elephants, which is an incredible number.

The monkeys and birds also seemed to be able to freely roam the park-whilst queuing for the sky ride (which only at most, takes about an hour. Sounds like a lot but this was during the summer holidays on a good day, so.) we noticed that there were gibbons just walking about on man-made pathways and ropes on the trees above. The birds too, seemed to casually fly across the lake, no net on top, and the vultures stared passively at us from their posts which we noticed they were not chained to. All in all, it seemed that the animals were technically free to leave but just choosing not to. We asked a zookeeper if they had clipped their wings so they could not fly away, but he said all they'd done was train them not to leave-if they had clipped their wings, how on earth were they flying across the lakes then?

I definitely recommend the sky ride. It's free, takes you across to places you can't see on the ground and has amazing vistas of the lakes and mountains. The train is also a good idea, as you go right up and close to the animals in the safari section of the park for free-a giraffe even at one point poked its head in through the car!

The zoo also has amazing facilities. The restaurant was much better than expected, although pricey, and the gift shops sold some actually decent merchandise, including very well crafted soft toys and rather useful ponchos as it started to pour about halfway through the day due to a tropical storm. We stayed from the minute it opened to just before it closed, and still felt like we hadn't seen it all. What an incredible place! Chimelong has everything a zoo should have, without losing its interactive and human touch.

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Chimelong_Group, Customer Service at Chimelong Safari Park, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2017

Thank you so much for your positive feedback and we are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience in Chimelong Safari Park. It will be our pleasure to offer you another delightful experience on your next visit. Thank you!

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Reviewed December 1, 2017

We are "kiwis" from New Zealand - one of the reasons we came to Guangzhou was the chance to see Pandas -they are so cute ! We stayed at Shifu Holiday Inn, the taxi to Chimelong was 27km and took almost 1 hour - cost was 85 CNY which for 4 people is only approx NZ$5.00 each. There were several types of tickets available, and very little information in English, so took a while to sort out what to do. The Zoo is basically in 2 parts - the "Safari on Wheels" section which takes you past the bears, elephants, tigers, lions etc - you cannot walk this section. The second part is "Safari on Foot" where you see Swans, monkeys, Pandas etc. So it is essential that you do both "Safaris" as they are completely different parts of the Zoo with different animals. We bought tickets for 300 CNY which gave us entrance to both sections. If you are a "local" you can take your own car around the "Safari On Wheels", but for tourists like us, the Entrance fee lets you get on the free "Train" which departs every 10 minutes approx and takes you past the various animals - it stops quite close to the various Lions, Bears, Deer etc, usually for about 1 minute, so you need to have your Camera ready - we got heaps of really good photos.The Safari On Wheels part takes less than 1 hour. But the Safari On Foot section is huge - it takes 2 - 3 hours to check out the numerous displays and the Pandas. There is a "Jurassic Park" section full of fake animated Dinosaurs that pop out from behind trees and roar at you - the are quite realistic - at the end you walk through a huge cave approx 4 meters high with some massive loud dinosaurs - bring a video camera - it's awesome. There is another cave full of snakes - some real and some fake - don't worry -the real ones are behind glass ! The highlight is definitely the Pandas - you get really close to them -you can almost touch them ! we have travelled to several countries and Chimelong is without doubt the best Zoo we have ever visited. It is a huge place, quite tiring walking around for 2 or 3 hours, but definitely worthwhile and an unforgettable experience.

Thank Mike M
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Chimelong_Group, Customer Service at Chimelong Safari Park, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2017

Thank you so much for your positive feedback and we are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience in Chimelong Safari Park. It will be our pleasure to offer you another delightful stay on your next visit.

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Reviewed November 30, 2017 via mobile

It doesn’t look like a normal zoo, it’s bigger and it seems that animals there are kept in good conditions. It is close to Hanxi Chanlong metro station, just 10 minutes walk or free shuttle bus, entrance fee is 250rmb, it includes a cable car and 4D theatre. You can easily spend the whole day wondering around, we were lucky and it wasn’t too crowded on the week day. Tigers, pandas, koalas, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, different birds- this list is not over yet. Great place to visit.

Thank Anyrubina
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Chimelong_Group, Customer Service at Chimelong Safari Park, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2017

Thank you so much for your positive feedback and we are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience in Chimelong Safari Park. It will be our pleasure to offer you another delightful stay on your next visit. Thank you!

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Reviewed November 23, 2017 via mobile

Safari and circus performance were both amazing. We were both extremely impressed. Would definitely come back from the states and visit with kids! Must go to.

Thank Ran X
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Chimelong_Group, Customer Service at Chimelong Safari Park, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2017

Thank you so much for your positive feedback and we are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience in Chimelong Safari Park. It will be our pleasure to offer you another delightful experience on your next visit. Thank you!

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Reviewed November 19, 2017

Before you decide to visits the place, be prepare to check the travel option. If you are traveling by taxi, it can be very expensive and time consuming. The best is to taxi the metro. Cant really remember the name of the station where you can take a shuttle bus to the park.

1  Thank Novice O
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Chimelong_Group, Customer Service at Chimelong Safari Park, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2017

Hello! Thank you very much for your review and comment! There are free shuttle buses running from Hanxi Chimelong Station to Guangzhou Chimelong Tourist Resort. The Service hour is from 08:30 to 22:15. It will be our pleasure to offer you another delightful stay on your next visit. Thank you!

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