Shanghai Wild Animal Park


Adults: 120 RMB; Children 0.8-1.2m: 60 RMB; Children under 0.8m: Free


Mar-Nov: 08:00-17:00 (last entrance at 16:00), Dec-Feb: 8:30-16:30 (last entrance at 15:30)

How to get there:

The park is located in Sanzao Town, Pudong. The easiest way to get there is to take the Metro to Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Station (Line 2), from where you can take a direct bus or taxi (around 50 RMB). Line 2 is due to be extended to Pudong International Airport in 2010; once it opens, the airport itself will be the closest stop, just 20 RMB away in a taxi. A taxi from downtown Shanghai (People's Square) costs around 150 RMB.&

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 pitifully small enclosures. It's part circus, too, with sealion shows, horse exhibits, and even greyhound racing. What it's not is an enjoyable experience.

Save your money and make time instead for Shanghai Ocean Aquarium.

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