Popular Recreations in Beijing

Beijing Zoo

The Beijing Zoo is located at North Xizhimenwai Street, Xicheng District. Founded in 1906 during the late Qing Dynasty, the Beijing Zoo is the first of its kind to be opened in China and has the largest animal collections in the country. Covering a total area of some 86 hectares, including a water area of 86,000 hectares, it is home to about 450 species of animals, totaling more than 5,000, and 500-odd species of marine fish, totaling more than 10,000. There are mainly the Panda House, Antelope House, Elephant Kraal, Bear Hill, Rhinoceros House, Orang House, Song Bird House and Amphibian and Reptile House in the zoo. It also has African zebras, Australian Kangaroos, and musk oxen. Rare animals special to China include giant panda, golden monkey, white-lipped deer, Siberian tiger and red-crowned crane and so on. The Beijing Zoo is not only a venue for science popularization and scientific experiment but also a good place for recreation. Over 6 million domestic and foreign tourists visit the zoo every year.

Beijing Zoo

Opening Hours:

Apr. 1 – Oct. 31: 07:30 – 18:00

Nov 1 – Mar. 31: 07:30 – 17:00

Getting there:

You can take subway Line 4, get off at Beijing Zoo Station (Dong Wu Yuan Station), then get out of the station from Exit A (northwest exit), and you’ll find the south gate of the zoo.

Beijing Happy Valley

The Beijing Happy Valley is located at the southeast corner of Sifang Bridge at the East Fourth Ring Road in Chaoyang District. Covering an area of 560,000 square meters, it is the largest, most internationalized and modern theme park built with more investment than any others in China. The Beijing Happy Valley features “fashionable, dynamic, joyful, dreamy”, and integrates the marine, terrestrial and aerial recreations both in the daytime and at night. It is an important symbol of experiencing tourism in Beijing. The Valley elaborately establishes 50-odd special sights, over 10 performances items, 30-plus recreational facilities and 20-odd games and auxiliary commercial facilities, creating a mysterious world.

Beijing Happy Valley

Opening Hours:

weekdays:09:00 – 22:00

weekends:08:30 – 22:00

Getting there:

You can take Subway Line 1 and get off at Dawang Lu Station, get out of the station from Exit A; then take bus No. 31 and get off at Houfengqiao South Station, then walk 50 meters to the park.   Or, you can take Subway Line 10 and get off at Jinsong Station, get out of the station from Exit C; then take bus No. 41 and get off at Houfengqiao South Station.

Taipingyang Underwater World

Under the CCTV Tower, the Taipingyang Underwater World is a comprehensive modern center, mainly displaying the living marine resources and integrating popular science education, appreciation and entertainment. Here you can appreciate various beautiful and mysterious marine living creatures, and the beautiful scenery at the bottom of the sea. The aquarium contains more than 4,000 cubic meters of water and raises several hundred species of marine organisms, ranging from large sharks to colorful coral fishes. Over 20,000 marine fishes of more than 300 species live and swim comfortably in the aquarium. An 80-meter long automatic walkway will carry you along the tunnel and at the same time offers the best view of the aquarium. The rich-colored coral reef and swimming shoal around make you feel you are at the bottom of the sea.

Beijing Taipingyang Underwater World

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00

Getting there:

You can take public bus No. 323, 368, 374, 394, T8 (Inner Ring), Yuntong 102 or Yuntong 103, and get off at the Yuyuantan West Gate Stop. Or you can take Subway Line 1, and get off at Gongzhufen Station.

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