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“Completely overrated!!!”

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
Ranked #42 of 1,334 things to do in Shanghai
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed October 1, 2012

I really expected something better for the $25 per adult (160 RMB), but we were done in 1.5 hours! The exhibits were okay, but not worth the price at all. There was no crowd control, people were "hitting" the baby sharks with their water bottles, and there was even a fake alligator in the water! This clearly is a hit for Chinese who never have a chance to visit the ocean or snorkel and pales in comparison to even the Beijing Aquarium. Don't waste your time or money. I have never written reviews before, but this was so annoying that I had to take the time to do it.

3  Thank Enewland
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Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

Absolutely laughable aquarium. Poorly staffed exhibits which for the most part are home-type aquariums set into walls. The mere fact that the museum decides to use fake alligators in its exhibits says a lot about this place. Shameful at any price, but outrageous at nearly $26pp.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

A pretty average aquarium which we only visited to pass an evening. A decent size with a lot of exhibits and entry is not expensive. All exhibits have photo guide and explanation in English.

1  Thank meowf
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

This aquarium is not huge, but holds some interesting exhibits. On display are some fishes not seen in other aquariums in the states that I've been to before. The coolness factor of this place comes from the tunnels- there are four or five of them. The two best are the one where you descend an escalator down thru a large multi story tank, and then the world's largest tunnel on display. While you must be prepared for some pushing and shoving at the majority of displays, the long tunnel had an automated walkway which kept order in it and allowed you to view everything without being josteled around.

Neat, if you like fishes!

1  Thank 1dancing_fool
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Reviewed August 31, 2012 via mobile

Very good aquarium, the underwater tunnels are amazing! If you arrive before 2 it's more likely that you'll make the feeding of the fish. Worth the visit!!!

2  Thank vstenhjem
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