Thursday, January 21, 2016

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

Living in a tropical country, there are a number of existence that we only see on books or the television.  From these, a bucket list is formed or at least the so-called what-to-see-before-you-die enumerations.  The snow is a given, polar bears and of course the giant panda.

Before the skies turn dark and the zoo closes, we made it to the scenic Chinese garden featuring varied animals for public viewing in the name of the Beijing Zoo.  We only have one goal and that is – to see the giant panda up close.


THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

As we entered the Giant Panda Hall, there were less visitors.  No shoving and cramped space this time unlike my first visit.  But the giant pandas were elusive.  One was eating bamboo non-stop while the other one stays at one corner as if contemplating.

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

The Giant Panda is native to China and said to be recognized as one of China’s national treasures and a national symbol.  At the hall, the backdrop mimics lush bushes and bamboo groves, same as their wild habitat at Southwest China.  Outside the hall, there are pandas playing on their makeshift playground.  Indeed, the Chinese treat them like children.

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

As we move forward after watching the pandas, the Beijing zoo appeared to be a natural garden.  The small hills with pavilions and halls are surrounded by a small stream and lotus pools that’s nearly frozen on account of the below zero temperature.  The dense grove of trees and grasslands were refreshing.  If only we were not late in arriving, we could have stayed more and simply loiter.

I love the winter breeze and the smell of the pine trees that surround.

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

Dubbed as the Wansheng Garden in the Qing Dynasty (literally translated as the Garden of 10,000 animals), it would have been great to see all those animals but the same is quite impossible for us.  We opted for the most important ones or at least the ones that we see on our way to the exit.  With the exception of the giant panda, we have no maps and planned itineraries inside the zoo after all.

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

Beijing Zoo has rare Chinese animals, that apart from the Giant Panda, it houses the Sichuan golden monkey, Manchurian tigers, the South China tiger, yaks from Tibet, arctic fox and a lot more of selection around the world.

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

I specifically came to mainland China to experience snow.  But to no avail. No snow fall at the Beijing Zoo.  Even without achieving my purpose, the short winter stroll was all worth it.

Relaxing and rejuvenating.

THE SHORT WINTER STROLL AT BEIJING ZOO

Options to Get There:
·     Take the subway Line 4, take off at Dongwuyuan Station and exit from Exit B;
·         Take either of the following Bus Numbers: 103, 105, 111, 7, 27, 904, 808, 107, and 102


Operating hours and admission fee vary depending on season.  From April 1 to October 31, it is open from 7:30AM until 6PM at RMB15 and from November 1 to March 31, it is open from 7:30AM until 5PM at RMB10.


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