Beijing Aquarium - Ocean and Amazon Wildlife, HUGE!
The Ocean Park of Beijing is not just a huge aquarium, it's also an Amazon forest with trails that run along waterfalls, singing birds and babbling brooks. Thousands of water species and some land species of animals inhabit this park which is a combination of entertainment and enjoyable education. People of all ages will enjoy this park.
- Chinese: Beijing Haiyangguan (北京海洋馆 Běijīng Hǎiyángguǎn /bay-jing heye-yang-gwan/)
- Floor space: 42,000 sq. m. - largest inland aquarium of its kind
Visitors walk through a primeval forest in the Amazon while viewing 22 fish tanks along the way. Many species of fish are colorful and active as they explore their habitat and note the humans outside the tanks. The forest greenery and sounds of the birds take visitors to a different place while there.
The meandering paths, the down-pouring waterfalls, the zigzagging brooks, the mystic statues and the ever-chirping birds all remind any perambulator they are in the miniature version of the mysterious Amazon primeval forest. The 22 display tanks of different sizes and shapes are scattered like pearls betwix the rock cracks and forests according to the topography. The essential tropical forests landscape really makes you linger on. Main aquatic species include: the Colorful fairy fish, Glass catfish, African Prince, Koi carp, pirarucu, blue sharks, Gold pomfret, Monkfish, Herringl, Gar, Archerfish, Angelfish, Piranha, Olfactory striped bass.
The Touchable Pond
The aquarium has constructed a 52-yard-long coastline with tides so visitors can actually touch mollusks of different sizes. They can also see a giant sea turtle, sea urchins, starfish, sea anemones and hermit crabs.
With the golden sunshine caressing the silvery beach and the waves whispering to the various creatures residing in happy tides, visitors to this 48-meter-long miniature coastline are sure in for a treat. Here you can touch all kinds of mollusks of different shapes and forms, and not acapella. The waves sound is your band. Kids would jump into the Touchable Tank to enjoy all the fun a giant sea turtle can bring them. Main Aquatic Species: Sea urchin, Sea anemone, Starfish, Hermit crab, China Limulus.
The Undersea Loop
Travel through six oceans just by walking through a big plastic loop. Start at the South China Sea and end up in the Atlantic. Large Aquariums, 32 in fact, run all through the loop so that about 13 species are on view, including a sea horse and clownfish.
A tour in the giant undersea loop finds you beginning the tour from the South China sea and moves onto the East Pacific, the India Ocean, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and then finish your tour inside this giant acrylic plastic loop like Alice out from her wonderland. The transparent loop with 32 giant tanks on it unveils the mysteris of the ocean right under your nose. The typical oceanic creatures inside the tanks include: Whip Butterflyfish, Long-nose unicornfish, Sickle Butterfly, Palette Surgeonfish, Sea anemone, Sea Horse, High-fin fish, yellow tang，Blue stripped butterflies, Sickle Butterfly, Spiny Puffer, coral, Groupers, Stone Fish, Boxfish, Heart spot Acanthurus, Clownfish, Panda Dragon, Dr.Fish.
The Shark Pier
A 3-D tube awes visitors as sharks swim all around them, and some are great white sharks. People with guts or lunacy can dive and dance with sharks and feed them.
The biggest acrylic plastic showcase shelf, the mysteriously dark ocean bed, and the shark bearing its killer teeth right in front of you ,scraping by with the skin of its teeth all remind you that you are standing in front of a big 3D display tube that can give you a holistic vision of the contents. Be ready for the litany of pleasant surprises that will challenge both your imagination and your sight. Hold your breath, literally, in this shark zone. You are going to leave here really impressed. Main attractions: White Sharks, Grey nurse shark ,the great white sharks. Various activities like diving ,shark-feeding and dancing with sharks are available for dare-devils.
Chinese Sturgeon Hall
Dubbed as the Panda in the ocean and endemic to the Yangtze River, Chinese sturgeons are on the top of the 27 kinds of sturgeons and enjoy state-level protection. Looking through the transparent acrylic plastic tube , you can see a live rendition of the habitat and the reproduction process. And you can also get further info from the bulletins which give real insight into the legendary and charming life of a sturgeon. The underwater sturgeon feeding demonstration showcased how man and this creature coexists harmoniously. Main attractions: Sturgeons and underwater sturgeon feeding demonstration.
Dolphin Whale Bay
Trainers have dolphins perform for visitors while they educate listeners about whales. Human-dolphin meets are also possible. The Oceanic Theater also has sea lions, dolphins and a rocket-man performing in this 3,000-seat area.
This place is home to some really smart aquatic creatures. The friendship between the dolphins and the trainers are forged during the daily training and visitors can also have a man-to-dolphin session. Trainers will also tell you some interesting stories about the whales.
The Oceanic Theater
The romantic and Hawaii-esque oceanic theater can hold more than 3,000 visitors and is very popular among the visitors. The diversified performances by these animals on the sapphire-like water constantly earn stand ovation from the excited audiences. Main attractions: Flying-rocket man, Sea lions, dolphins playing balls, etc.
- Open: summer (April 1 – October 31): 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM, winter (November 1 – March 31): 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM PM; tickets may be purchased till half an hour before closing
- Ticket Price: 120 yuan per person (includes admission to Beijing Zoo); children's admission is ¥60, and two kids under 1.2 meters (four feet) are free with one paid adult
- Address: 18 Gaoliangqiaoxie Street, Haidian District (海淀区高梁桥斜街乙18号)
- Location: 3–4 miles northwest of Tian'anmen Square, it is in Beijing Zoo, just north of the Nanchang River.
- Transport: Take a taxi; bus 7, 15, 19, 27, 45, 332, 334, 347, 360, 601, or 708; or subway line 4 to Zoological Gardens (动物园)
It is within Beijing Zoo, so there are myriad possible activities and sights to see. You could easily spend a day there.
Tian'anmen Square is not far away and everyone should see this giant, 109-acre landmark of Beijing. The northern gate separates The Forbidden City from the square. The Great Hall of the People is on the west side and the National Museum of China on the east.