Travelers don’t have to venture out into nature to get an up close look at one of China’s top wildlife attractions. That’s because since 1955 Chongqing Zoo has been showcasing the country’s most rare and most beloved animals—like giant pandas and the South China Tiger—to visitors. This destination is stationed along the Yangtze River and serves as a hub for both research and conservation. It’s home to some 230 species and more than 4,000 animals.
In addition to natural landscapes, protected areas and animal exhibitions, families will find an amusement park, outdoor stage, restaurant and even a dry skating rink. The Chongqing Zoo is the perfect place to spend an afternoon—or even an entire day—getting a unique look at nature without ever leaving the city.
The zoo is located about 8 kilometers from the center of the city on Xijiao Road in the Jiulongpo District of Chongqing. Entrance fees are CNY30 per person between February and October and CNY20 per person from December to January. Fees are reduced for children and travelers with luggage can store their bags at the Visitor center near the zoo’s main entrance.