Ningbo Youngor Zoo

Admission:

RMB 100, children under 1.4m (4ft 7in), seniors RMB 50

Hours:

8am-4:30pm daily May-Oct, 8:30am-4:30pm daily Nov -Apr

How to get there:

Take a taxi or bus no. 902, 158, 106, 388, or 365 to Ningbo Youngor Zoo (Níngbō Yǎgē'ěr Dòngwùyuán, 宁波雅戈尔动物园).

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 zoo are large enough one could easily enjoy much of a day checking out the animals and enjoying the amusements, especially with children in tow.

As with most Chinese zoos, it's possible to see behavior guaranteed to shock Western sensibilities. One may witness, for example, children banging on glass or cages and harassing animals while their parents encourage or even participate.

However, you'll feel better knowing that there is a rapidly growing animal rights movement afoot in the PRC.

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