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For many, the image of a panda is intrinsically linked with that of China. The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Chéngdū Dà Xióngmāo Fányù Yánjiū Jīdì, 成都大熊猫繁育研究基地) is hard at work keeping that image alive, by doing all they can to keep the outrageously cute species reproducing. 10 km (6 mi) from downtown Chengdu, the base is the best way to see and learn about these gentle and endangered creatures. Almost 100 pandas live there, with some red pandas sharing accomdations with the more famous..
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..
Situated on the northern bank of the Songhua River, the Siberian Tiger Park (Dōngběi Yǔlín Yuán, 东北虎林园) is the largest natural refuge for Siberian Tigers in the world. The park is home to about 70 tigers that are monitored and taken care of by the park tenants. For a fee, guests may purchase live animals and feed the Siberian tigers. One of the park's highlights is watching them feed, but beware: it can be a gruesome affair. Visitors to the park can get frighteningly close to the animals, perhaps even closer than..
Unless you have children snapping at your heels of a weekend, it's hard to think of a good reason to come to the Shanghai Wild Animal Park (Shanghai Yesheng Dongwu Yuan). Spread across 153 rather depressing hectares out neat Pudong International Airport, not one of the park's residents looks happy to be here. The chief attraction is the safari tour, in which you can watch tigers, lions and cheetah up close from the safety of a minibus. Elsewhere there are pandas, elephants, giraffes, zebra, deer, yak, and monkeys; all of them in rather..
Located near Dongqian Lake outside Ningbo, the Ningbo Youngor Zoo (Níngbō Yǎgē'ěr Dòngwùyuán, 宁波雅戈尔动物园) is home to over 200 species including favorites like pandas, tigers, lions, giraffes and zebras. The animal habitats are scattered among man-made mountains, lakes and islands. The zoo grounds also feature restaurants, a small water park and amusement area with a Ferris wheel and elevated tram, adding to its family appeal, and several areas of the zoo offer animal performances daily. The grounds of the..
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..