I wasn't sure the zoo would live up to the hype, but it did! We were there on a Monday, and the crowds were manageable. I do recommend going straight for the giant pandas when the zoo opens (if they're on your list to see), because by 11 the line to see them was 45 minutes long. What I love most about this zoo is that when there is a huge line or crowd to see something typical, like a gorilla, you can turn around and see a whole habitat filled with beautiful and interesting birds. There's always something to look at. They use the space very well. We decided to only do general admission, as it was our first trip, and we had plenty to see from 10am to 4pm. When we go back, I will give some serious consideration to a 'behind the scenes' tour. I can imagine that would be well worth the money.
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