The Shanghai Zoo and its Giant Panda

"The Zoo in Shanghai Might be the Last chance you'll get to see some of these Animals"

The Shanghai Zoo offers a great way to see most of the Wildlife Unique to China Alone. That includes the Giant Panda on show as well as many other animals found only in China.

Many of the animals are on the Brink of Extinction and These Zoos May Be Your Last Chance to See Those animals.

There are enough amusement and leisure opportunities at the Shanghai Zoo to make it a worthwhile excursion.

Shanghai travel excursions are plenty but we love animals and getting so close to a Panda is literally a once in a lifetime experience.

The staff at the Zoo try to stress the importance of conservation for the dwindling population of indigenous animals, including the Golden-Haired Monkey, South China Tiger and The Giant Panda.

They also provide conservation details for each species and suggested ways people can get involved.

And the kids seem to have a good time with it all

Where Is The Shanghai Zoo?

The Shanghai zoo is located at...

2831 Hong Qiao Road,
Changning District,
Shanghai, China.

The Shanghai Zoo is located VERY near the Hong Qiao Airport. In fact, it is exactly at the Hong Qiao airport - within 1 mile or walking distance if you were so inclined.

Shanghai Zoo Monkey

It seemed odd to me to build a zoo near the City's International Airport and future site of the City's main Railway station. We could hear and see aircraft landing and departing the airport pretty frequently.

But there it is.

It seemed more of an experiment in air pollution and noise tolerance than an effort to conserve. As they spoke about the importance of saving the world's ecosystems, a passenger jet flies overhead.

It was actually pretty funny and even the Zookeepers kept looking overhead and then shaking their heads. Other than that, it's a pretty decent Zoo with some good people staffing it who are clearly concerned for the animals under their care.

How to Get to The Shanghai Zoo

The best way to get there is on the Shanghai Subway. Just find your way to the Hongqiao Subway Station and follow the signs out of the station.

You can also take the bus. All bus routes are clearly marked on any of the tourist Maps, which you can get out of the lobby in most of the Hotels or Hostels in Shanghai.

Learn more about accommodation in Shanghai.

Take bus #57, #48, #91, #519, #709, #739, #748, #806, #807, #809, #911, #925, #936, #941, #945 Or take any of the big tour buses marked Line #4, The Gongshe Line, The Xinbei Line, The Huqing Line, The Zhongwei Line or The Xumei Line to get there.

We took the Shanghai Subway, but the bus has huge value. It's a great way to see the city on your way out to the Zoo.

How Much Does it Cost to get in the The Shanghai Zoo?

The current Admission fee is ¥30 (Yuan) or about $4.39 (USD) but children get in free if they are under 1.2m tall or about 4 ft. Sorry, can't get on your knees.

Shanghai Zoo Giraffe

The opening hours vary by season.

  • November to February

The Zoo opens at 7:00am and closes ap 5pm.

  • March and October

Open at 7:00am again but they close later at 5:30pm.

  • April to September

The zoo opens at 6:30am and closes at 5:30pm

What's It Look Like Inside?

The Shanghai Zoo used to be a golf course. The government took up an ambitious task and landscaped the park so that the scenery flowed in a natural, harmonious way.

The result is a pretty open, natural and welcoming environment.

I like the landscape for sure and they made an effort to create an ecologically friendly environment for the animals as well.

The main entrance-way, zoo walkways, banks of the rivers, areas surrounding the Swan Lake and lawns are decorated with beautiful plants, flowers and artistically designed trellises that enhance the beauty of the surrounding areas.

The green areas or lawns cover 100,000 square meters. There are a total of 100,000 trees with nearly 600 species of plants in the zoo. There are Grasses, Perennial Flowers, Biennial Grass Flowers And Narcissus planted throughout the zoo.

What Kinds Of Animals Live In The Shanghai Zoo?

Shanghai Zoo Orangutan

The zoo houses and exhibits more than 6,000 animals. 600 of which are rare and endangered.

Specifically Rare and Endangered are the animals indigent to China. Some of them are the Golden-Haired Monkey, South China Tiger and Giant Panda.

There are also Polar Bears, Brown Bears (they interact a lot of the tourists, mainly begging for food), different types of Monkeys (they're really active), Fish close to the entrance (lots of different types of fishes in a nice presentation of tanks).

You'll also get chance to see Peacocks, Giraffe, Ducks (swan lake is just full of them), Chimpanzees, and Kangaroos.

Of Note:

The Polar Bear Exhibition Area

This exhibition area simulates the environment of the North Pole. It really is a sight to see and I'm sure the bears living in there are quite comfortable with all the snow and ice about.

Good to Know Before Visiting the Shanghai Zoo

If you don't feel like walking around the Zoo then you can take the small shuttle tour. It takes you all around the zoo, with stops at all the animal enclosures for only 10RMB.

If you decide to walk, or even if the sun is out at all in the summer or Spring then put on sunscreen and wear a hat.

Shit is expensive once they get you inside the zoo. Make sure you take your camera and a roll or 2 of film. They do sell film inside the zoo but they almost laugh to themselves as you pay the ridiculous price.

If you are going to take your camera (as you should) then take some extra rolls of film. A good place to get quality film is along Nathan Road. It can also get pricey along there.

Find out more on Ebay.

Also...

Complaint calls for Shanghai City: 021-64393615

State Tourism Office: 010-65275315

Here's a video of the zoo. The videographer clearly has an agenda, but it is interesting to watch how the Chinese people interact with the animals.

Watch the girls trying to get the attention of a peacock and then a Panda eating a cupcake.

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