The Chongqing Zoo is situated in a western suburb just 5 miles outside of Chongqing, in the Jiulongpo District. Built in 1945, the Chongqing Zoo covers more than 100 acres (45 hectares) and is endowed with rolling peaks, winding brooks, green hills, cool waters, crisp fresh air and breathtaking scenery. In the zoo, an artificial lake was built which connects islands, arched bridges and exquisite pavilions perfectly together. In the lake, schools of fish swim freely. There is also a children’s playground, skating rink, open-air stage, reading room, restaurants and tea house.
The Chongqing Zoo is home to 250-plus animal species and more than 4,000 individual animals, some of which are very rare like giant pandas, red pandas, Siberian tigers, Indian elephants, etc. If pandas are what you want to see, the Chongqing Zoo is definitely the place to go! Their enclosures are meant to mimic the wild to make them feel at home and include hills, caves, rocks, streams, and even a waterfall.
The Chongqing Zoo is home to many pandas and visitors may even get a glimpse of a baby panda! This is quite a unique opportunity since pandas are mostly extinct in their native habitat of Sichuan. Pandas here are fed at each morning sometime between 8:30 and 10:30, so you can play with them and even take photos with them. The larger pandas will eat up to 30 pounds of bamboo in a single day. Being shy creatures, sometime the pandas are not out to be seen; however, you may be able to ask the zoo warden if he would feed the pandas which will coax them out of hiding.
Chongqing Zoo is the largest urban zoo in all of China, and accepts roughly 2 million visitors annually, among whom about 100,000 are foreign visitors.
Location: in the western suburb of Chongqing; No.25 Xijiao Road, Jiulongpo District, Chongqing 400050, China
Admission Fee: CNY 20 at low season and CNY30 at peak season Open Time: 8:00 am-17:00 Suggested Visiting Duration: 2 hours
How to get there: Take the electric bus No.403, 404, or take the bus No. 412, 413, 416, 419, 223, 226, and 310 to get to