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Shanghai Zoo

Shanghai Zoo is located in the western suburbs of Shanghai, close to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. It is a large state-level zoo and has more than 400 species of animals including giant pandas, golden monkeys, peacocks, and South China tigers. Shanghai Zoo is a good place for recreation.

  • Chinese: 上海动物园 /shung-hi-dong-woo-ywhen/
  • Age: built in 1954
  • Area: 743,000 square meters
  • Address: 2381 Hongqiao Road, Changning District
  • Features: A comprehensive park combining a zoo, landscaped gardens, and recreational activities.
  • Must-sees: giant pandas, golden monkeys, tigers, and lions
  • Suited to: travelers with kids
  • Time needed: 1–2 hours

Highlights of Shanghai Zoo

Shanghai Zoo has five zones: Primate, Herbivore, Carnivore, Bird, and Amphibian. Each zone has very cute animals to see.

Giant Pandas


You can see giant pandas in the Carnivore Zone. While their ancestors mostly ate meat, giant pandas belong to the bear family, so have always been omnivores. They have canine teeth and possess the digestive system of a carnivore so, although they have evolved to depend almost entirely on bamboo, they are still considered carnivores.

There are giant pandas and red pandas in two exhibition houses. The giant panda house is a fan-shaped structure with an indoor exhibition hall and an outdoor playground with trees, grass, rocks, and pools. Visitors can carefully observe the giant pandas there.

The red panda house is circular and also includes two parts: the inside and outside. The red pandas enjoy themselves there.

Tigers and Lions


After visiting the pandas, tourists can pay a visit to Lion and Tiger Hill. It is also in the Carnivore Zone. Lion and Tiger Hill is divided into three separate parts – the east, central, and west hills – which house Manchurian tigers, African lions, and South China tigers. Visitors can enjoy watching the vigorous figures of the tigers and listening to the roars of the lions.

Golden Monkeys

Golden monkeys can be seen in the Primate Zone. The area is planted with abundant trees and various shrubs to create a suitable habitat for them. Tourists can watch them playing and can have close contact with them. Visitors can also see African chimpanzees and baboons in this zone.

Swan Lake

Swan Lake is in the Bird Zone. A bridge spans Swan Lake from north to south. There is a pavilion with glazed green tiles at the eastern side of the lake for visitors to rest in. Visitors can stand on the bridge to watch the swans and other birds.

red-crowned cranes

In the Bird Zone, there are many other beautiful birds, such as orioles, skylarks, cuckoos, Chinese egrets, flamingos, and peacocks. To the southeast of Swan Lake is an ecological exhibition area for mandarin ducks. Dozens of pairs of mandarin ducks live there.

Other Scenic Spots

The Herbivore Zone is close to the Primate Zone. Tourists can get close to alpacas, antelopes, zebras, giraffes, and elephants. This area simulates the native environment of tropical herbivores and presents the animals in a visually accessible manner.

A rose garden is located in the Herbivore Zone near the giraffe exhibition area. Roses are in full bloom in May and October every year. The whole area is surrounded by the fragrance of the roses.

The Amphibian Zone is close to the zoo’s exit. Various fish, snakes, lizards, and tortoises can be seen there.

A lawn with an area of 100,000 square meters makes a wide and comfortable area for visitors to relax. Abundant tourist and entertainment facilities are available to amuse visitors at Shanghai Zoo.

Shanghai Zoo Travel Information

Opening times

  • November to February: 7am to 5pm
  • March and October: 7am to 5:30pm
  • April to September: 6:30am to 5:30pm

Entrance fee: 40 yuan

How to get to Shanghai Zoo:

  • By metro: Take Shanghai Metro Line 10 and get off at Shanghai Zoo Station.
  • By taxi (show this): 请带我去上海动物园。(Please take me to Shanghai Zoo.) If you depart from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, it will take only 15 minutes to drive to Shanghai Zoo.
  • By bus: Many buses can take you to Shanghai Zoo, such as bus 48, 57, 91, 519, 709, 739, 748, 806, 807, 809, 911, 925, 936, 938, 941, 945, and Tourist Line 4.

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Giant Panda Special Report