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The Beijing Zoo (Běijīng Dòngwù Yuán, 北京动物园) can be hard on animal lovers. The zoo dates back to the last years of the Qing Dynasty, having opened its gates to the public in 1908 as Wansheng Yuan (Garden of 10,000 Animals), and a number of the cages don't appear to have been upgraded much, if at all, since then. The exception: the Giant Panda House (Dàxióngmāo Guǎn, 大熊猫馆), where everybody's favorite endangered bamboo-eating cutie-pies live in relative luxury. Of course, the sight of bored pandas can be a disappointment, especially for..
Beihai Submarine World (Beihai Haiyang zhi Chuang) is a large museum with two parts. One area houses the former Aquatic Products Museum which, next to Qingdao, is the earliest and largest aquatic products museum in China. The second area has a large submarine to explore and a collection of reef fish from both the Pacific and Indian Oceans. One of the highlights of a visit is watching divers "dance" with the sharks. And like all other tourist destination, there are the obiligatory kitsch elements, such as..
Catch an arctic breeze in Polar Ocean World (Jídì Hǎiyáng Shìjiè, 极地海洋世界), where penguins cavort in the water and white furred bears laze about on the ice. After you’ve seen your share of sea-otter shenanigans, take a stroll about the multitude of aquariums where the manifold shapes and colors of over 10, 000 aquatic species await. Make sure to make some inquiries regarding the Beluga whale show, these gentle creatures put on quite the performance. If you’re day isn’t complete..
There are few places in the world where you'll find marine shows as tacky as Qingdao Underwater World (Hǎidǐ Shìjiè, 海底世界), and that fact alone is almost worth making the effort to see it. The oldest marine park in Qingdao, the aquarium's got a history that goes back about 70 years. Much more recently, the aquarium has seen major investments and construction and is now host to an impressive array of displays. Among the four underground levels you'll find an inter-tidal zone display, a seabed tunnel, a cabin passage, a marine..
Underwater World Xiamen (Xiàmén Hǎidǐ Shìjiè, 厦门海底世界) is one of Mainland China's more impressive aquariums. It's home to more than 10,000 aquatic critters and creatures from around the world. The collection includes a large selection of fish, dolphins, penguins, eels, lobsters, sharks, starfish, seals, sturgeons and even a few piranhas shipped in from the Amazon. There is an underwater glass viewing tunnel which enables you to check out the sharks and other marine life up close. This is the highlight of..
Tiger Beach Ocean Park (Lǎohǔtān Hǎiyáng Gōngyuán, 老虎滩海洋公园) is located in Dalian's Binhai District. China's largest ocean amusement park, it covers 4 km (3 mi) of coastline and features marine life from all over the world. Highlights include the world's biggest Polar Aquarium where you'll find marine animals from both polar regions including belugas, penguins, sea otters, polar bears and other creatures from these freezy climes. There's also the Coral Hall, featuring tropical fish and around 200..