Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is located in the Pudong New District of Shanghai, next to the Oriental Pearl Tower. It covers an area of about 13,000 square meters and inside there are 28 large-scale themed exhibition areas displaying over 300 varieties of over 10,000 rare fish and other endangered rare creatures. Among them, the most characteristic ones are poison dart frogs, jellyfish, ocean sunfishes, leafy seadragons, emperor penguins and albino sea basses

In the aquarium, there are also four subsea tunnels with an overall length of 168 meters, which can be called the world’s greatest. The peculiar subsea tunnels with moving walkways and omnibearing sightseeing windows of 160 degrees and 270 degrees make viewers feel like they are personally standing in the scene.

The Themed Exhibitions

  • China Area: Chinese alligators, Chinese sturgeons and giant salamanders.
  • The Amazon Area: Arapaima gigas, Lepidosirens and electric eels.
  • The Austrian Area: freshwater sawfishes, archerfishes and Melanotaenia maccullochi.
  • The African Area: cichlids.
  • The Southeast Asia Area: Thiania subopressa, green water dragons and Osphronemus goramy.
  • Cold Water Area: spotted seals.
  • The South Pole Area: penguins.
  • The Shore Area: sea otters, horseshoe crabs, seahorses and spider crabs.
  • The Deep Sea Area: Epinephelus tauvina, spotted eagle rays, nurse sharks and Carcharias taurus.

Feeding Time

The residents in the aquarium have their own fixed “dining” time. The divers present these wonderful feeding moments to visitors at different times. You are welcome to experience these special visiting moments.

The Displays

The Display



The Spotted Seal(Cold Water Area)



The Penguin (The Polar Region Area)



The Vast Sea



The Sea of the Fish Shoals



The Bay of the Sharks



Travel Essentials

  • Opening Hours
  • The common opening time is from 09:00 to 18:00. The time for booking tickets and entering the aquarium ends at 17:30.

  • Transportation
  • Subway

    Visitors can take Subway Line 2 and get off at Lujiazui Station, then walk about 100 meters to get to the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. Subway Line 2 reaches the downtown area, and the pedestrian walkway at Nanjing Road is at the next station to Lujiazui Station.


    Visitors can also take a bus to the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, and there are various lines available: 82, 60, 119, 792, 792B, 795 and 796.

  • Ticket Information
  • Adults: 120 yuan; Children (0.8 meters to 1.4 meters in height): 60 yuan

Questions and Answers About Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

Carter 2013-01-31
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hey , is there any discount to students who are studying in china ? And where should we stay so that all places can be near by , like center point of all places.

Dear Carter,

In most of attractions you could have a 20%-50% discount when you buy the entrance fee showing your student ID card. Shanghai is a big city, the attractions are widely distributed, it is a long distance between one and another. I suggest you stay in down town, it will be convenient to take bus, subway or taxi. In general, we usually recommend our clients stay round Nanjing Road Pedestrian street, such as the Bund Hotel Shanghai, Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai.

Lussie Lu replied on 2013-01-31
Heidi 2012-09-08
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Hi! If I have only 4 days at Shanghai, what are the MUST go places? I have 2 children 8yrs n 10 yrs old. Any to recommend? Thanks!
Shanghai attractions are plentiful and varied. The popular ones are The Bund, The Jade Buddhism Temple, Oriental TV Tower, the Shanghai Museum, The Old Alley, The Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Zhujiajiao Etc. 4 days are enough to cover the main highlights. When will you arrive and depart Shanghai? I'm happy to work out a pacakge for your reference. Ruby Zhao replied on 2012-09-09
Golnoush 2010-09-30
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Hi. Iwant to Come shanghai on october. Can you tell me that how much the ticket of Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is?
Hi Golnoush, The ticket fee of Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is CNY120(USD18) per person. Wish you a nice time in Shanghai. Grace Wang replied on 2010-10-01
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