Beijing Zoo, located to the west of the Beijing
Exhibition Center, has become one of the most popular travel attractions
in Beijing for families and visitors. It has over 600 different
species, including many endangered unique species in China, such
as Panda and Golden Monkey. Also, Beijing Zoo is proud of many rare
animals from all around the world, such as White Bear from the North
Pole, Kangaroo from Australia, and Zebra from Africa etc. Before
the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, it was called
the Western Suburbs Park (Xijiao Gongyuan), contained only a handful
of attractions. Travel to Beijing, you could get to know a paradise
of wild animals in this modern city.
The Beijing Zoo site is comprised of 16 different
exhibition areas and halls. One of the most popular of these is
the Panda Hall. Built in 1989 and covering an area of around 10,000
square meters (2.5 acres), it delivers an impressive aesthetic scene
while also managing to account for the practical considerations
of housing such large and physical animals. The inside of the hall
replicates the style of traditional Chinese gardens and is shaped
in the pattern of a Tai Chi diagram. Another of the zoo's famous
halls, the Gorilla Hall, was constructed two years earlier in 1987.
The building houses a series of artificial hillocks and wooden apparatus
for the animals which sit against a backdrop of attractive gorilla
murals. Facilities introduced for the gorillas include a medical
room, a mating room and a specialist feeding room. The hall itself
is decorated by a series of rockeries and pools. All of the zoo's
halls and exhibition areas are constructed so as to ensure that
the animals enjoy a both comfortable and healthy living environment.
Since Beijing Zoo's ground area has expanded, many more species
of animals got a home in it, including larger, popular species such
as bears, lions, tigers, elephants, pandas, antelopes, hippopotamuses
and rhinoceroses by the late 1950s. Also, a reptile house was opened,
containing over a hundred of different global species, including
crocodiles and pythons.
With the support of the Chinese government and
having undergone continual development throughout its 90-year history,
Beijing Zoo has become one of the largest in China. It provides
thousands with the opportunity to witness strange and exotic species
at firsthand, and also allows visitors to learn more about the lives
of the animals that inhabit the world alongside us.
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Stadium "Bird's Nest"