Lions and Tigers and Bears… Oh My! (and more Pandas)

After our disappointment at missing the Pandas at the Shaanxi Panda Reserve while we were in Xian, we wanted to give ourselves a final stab and seeing them in a nice environment at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park. The park is the first national ‘safari’ park in China and is about 35km outside of Shanghai city centre. They have a special Panda Garden there along with a bamboo forest to feed the four new Pandas they received this year during the lead up to the Shanghai World Expo. We’d read reports that getting to the park was a bit of a mission as it isn’t on a metro line but we actually found it really easy!

First we hopped onto metro line 2 at People’s Square and got off 8 stops later (towards Pudong International Airport) at Zhangjiang High Tech Park. From there we got on the Zhangnan bus (pronounced Chang-nan) at the bus station just over the road to the metro exit. There are quite a few ticket booths there where we asked an attendant which bus we needed – they don’t have numbers or any English writing on them so we wanted to make sure we got on the right one. The ticket to the Shanghai Wild Animal Park cost 5 Yuan (50p), which is brilliant considering that the bus journey was about 25 kms. The actual bus stop where we needed to get off was right opposite the park entrance. See, easy peasy!

Once we’d paid the park entrance fee (120 Yuan, which includes the bus ride for the ‘safari’ part of the park) we checked out the site map and realised how huge this place must be! Our first stop was to the Panda Garden and when we got there we were so pleased to see the brilliant area that they had developed for them! They had trees to climb and bamboo to munch on and all looked really happy and healthy! The bamboo forest was really big too, so they definitely wouldn’t run out of food!

We spent quite a while just watching them play and climb trees, taking far too many photos in the process! Here are some of our favourites…

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As well as the Pandas, the park was home to a vast amount of other creatures, including tigers, lions, bears, elephants and rhinos. It also had an animal kindergarten full of baby goats, pigs and tigers. Unlike in Beijing Zoo we were happy to take our time and go to see pretty much every animal in the park. All of their enclosures were big and leafy green with plenty of outside space. We’ve put together a few more of our fav pictures of the rest of the animals…

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One of the highlights of the park is their safari section where you have to get in a bus to go around it. It’s just like a mini Jurassic Park, with big metal gates that open to let you into each area. The areas are divided into herbivores and meat-eaters where all the animals are allowed to roam freely like they would in the wild. It was absolutely amazing to see them all looking so natural and we even got to witness some tiger-nooky, something that I’m sure not many people have ever seen! Here are the best pics we could take through the bus windows…

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Once we had finished at the park (it took around 5 hours to get around, including a short rest for lunch) we headed back to the city and got ready to go out and walk along the famous shopping street – Nanjing Road (East). This runs all the way from The Bund towards People’s Square for 3.4 miles. We got there just as all the neon lights were coming on and the whole street was buzzing. The amount of designer stores and shopping malls on this one street was immense. It reminded us a bit of Wangfujing Street in Beijing, but wasn’t quite as impressive. Nevertheless, we still took some photos of the bright lights!..

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