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- Address: Shanghai Zoo, 2381 Hongqiao Rd
- Hours: Mar–Oct 6:30am–5:30pm; Nov–Feb 6:30am–5pm
- Admission: Adults 40 yuan, students: 20 yuan, senior: 36 yuan
The Shanghai Zoo (Shanghai Dongwu Yuan) is one of the best parks in China, housing some 6,000 animals representing 600 species, many of them indigenous to China. Apart from the typical zoo favorites (giraffes, elephants and seals), the giant pandas are the main draw here.
The sprawling zoo offers electric shuttles that ferry visitors from one exhibit to the next every few minutes, allowing travelers to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. The children's area features a petting zoo with interactive animal encounters, such as pony rides, geared toward little ones. The information kiosk at the entrance offers schedules for animal show and feeding times.
The zoo is open daily from 6:30am to 5pm (open until 5:30pm from March to October). Take line 10 to the Shanghai Zoo station.