Attraction No.40 Hupao Road , Xihu District, Hangzhou 310008, China Published on: 30-08-2016
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Why Hangzhou Zoo is special ?
The Hangzhou Zoo is the local zoo located in Hangzhou. Like many other scenic spots in the city, the zoo is encompassed by the West Lake Scenic Area. The zoo was founded back in 1968 and was rebuilt in October 1975. Currently, it spans a total area of 20 hectares. The zoo is worth a visit due to its unique mountain forest style.
It is designed specifically to integrate animal protection, scientific research, education, sightseeing, and popular science, making it an ideal destination for students on educational tours, for those who are in the field of animal studies, and for tourists who simply wish to enjoy seeing various kinds of animals. Most importantly, however, the animals in the zoo are kept in as natural environments as possible, so visitors can usually observe their natural behaviors. This is what makes the Hangzhou Zoo always a very popular destination for families with kids.
In recent years, the Hangzhou Zoo has decreased in popularity, perhaps due to the growth of several other scenic areas in the region. Still, many tourists always add the zoo to their itineraries when touring Hangzhou, and many locals consider it an entertaining place to visit thanks to the animals’ antics.
What to explore at Hangzhou Zoo?
The Hangzhou Zoo has over 200 different kinds of animals kept there, so kids have plenty to see. The highlights include the Panda, which is China’s national treasure, and a giraffe, which is the world’s tallest animal. There is also an elephant, known as the biggest mammal on land, and the African ostrich, which is hailed as the biggest bird. A boa, the biggest serpent, is also part of the zoo’s collection. Other animals include a golden monkey, a chimpanzee, a hylobates leucogenys, a lemur catta, a squirrel monkey, a Manchurian tiger, an African lion, and a Yangtze alligator, among many, many more.
To further entertain guests, Hangzhou Zoo also offers various animal performances, which feature tigers, elephants, lions, monkeys, bears, sea lions, and many other types of animals performing stunts. The most popular are the bear boxing and the bear skiing shows.
There is also a nice aquarium display that attracts many visitors especially due to its unusual and rare goldfish species, such as the Red Bubble, Purple Crown, Silver Lion Head, and Black Dragon Eyes. Many natives believe that the art of raising goldfish originated in Hangzhou.
In recent years, there has also been a move to plant various types of fruit trees in large numbers in Hangzhou Zoo. This has helped make the zoo also an abundant garden that offers excellent walking paths and sightseeing views.
Some structures are also built and scattered all over the zoo; these include the Pagoda of Six Harmonies, a picturesque pagoda that offers an excellent backdrop for photographs, and the Taiziwan Park. The zoo is also home to a Pupaomeng Spring and a Fish Wonder at Huagang Crook. From the zoo, guests can also enjoy a view of the Flying Clouds over Jade Emperor Hill.
If you want a change from the gardens, parks, and mountains that surround most of Hangzhou and would instead like to see some animals, the zoo is a great place to visit.
How to get to Hangzhou Zoo?
Take bus no. K4, K808, K822, 822, 527, 315, 504, and 514. If you are driving, keep in mind that the zoo is just a couple of kilometers to the south of West Lake.
- “Watching the pandas”
- “Typical Chinese zoo"
- "Great place for family"
- "Good zoo with lovely animals"
- "Great day out"
No.40 Hupao Road , Xihu District, Hangzhou 310008, China
The conditions are good, not the best....animals have confort...especially the pandas...I went in the summer....and there were many many many insects...take a spray against them OR...try another season :D
I've been to the Hangzhou Zoo twice, once while living in Hangzhou and most recently on a trip to visit friends. Although it certainly is not up to the same standards as an international zoo, we did not find it nearly as upsetting as the writer of the past review. Animals in China do not receive the same treatment as they would in a different country. That's just a fact. Frankly, the behavior of the Chinese visitors was more shocking to us than the condition of the animals or their cages. (They threw food and other objects into the cages and harassed the animals by pounding on the glass, etc.)That said, it really isn't a horrible zoo. They have two pandas as well as several red pandas and a range of other typical zoo animals, such as elephants, giraffes, monkeys, and birds. The admission price (20 RMB) also includes a fairly entertaining animal show, in which bears ride bicycles and acrobats do a few stunts. You can also pay a little extra to be picked up by the elephant.If you want to see pandas and have time to spare in Hangzhou, the zoo is worth a visit. It is only a few kilometers from West Lake, and several buses stop here along Hupao Road. Also, the entrance to the Tiger Spring is only a short walk away. The zoo entrance fee is reasonable and we were not disappointed by our visit, even though we are from a city that has one of the best zoos in the U.S.A.