Chinese Name: 西安秦岭野生动物园 Pronunciation: Xī’ān Qínlǐng Yěshēng Dòngwùyuán
Building Time: 1954
Recommended Time for a Visit: 4-5 Hours
Occupied Area: About 1.7 square kilometers
Best Visiting Time: March to November
Address: 500 meters south of No.107 Provincial Highway, Chang’an District, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China
Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday
Note: No entry after 17:30.
Admission Ticket Fare
March 1st to November 30th
December 1st to End of February
Note: Children from 6 to 18 years old and students with student cards enjoy half the price.
Ticket Free of Charge Policy
1. Children under six years old or 1.2 meters are free of charge.
2. Senior citizens over 65 years old (with ID card) are free of charge.
3. People with disabilities (with disability certificate) are free of charge.
What You Need to Know About Xi’an Qinling Wildlife Park
The Main Entrance
Located in Chang’an District, Xi’an, Xi’an Qinling Wildlife Park is listed as the national 4A tourist attraction as well as the first wildlife park in Northwest China. It is a comprehensive garden project which integrates wildlife relocation protection, science popularization education, and tourism.
Xi’an Qinling Wildlife Park has various species of animals, including mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles, with the largest animal population in Northwest China.
Relying on the good ecological environment at the northern foot of Qinling Mountains, it has realized the protection of a large population of wild animals, with more than 10,000 animals from over 300 species.
The park is mainly divided into four areas: walking tour area, grassland area, beast area, and the world of birds. The walking tour area, very close to the park gate, is the area with the largest number of rare animals. The area has the most performances and visitors can have the closest contact with the animals. This area raises more than 8,000 animals from over 260 species, including pandas, Asian elephants, white tigers, hippos, chimpanzees, golden-nosed monkeys, and kangaroos.
The grassland area in the north of the park, the most characteristic are of the park, is the largest grassland animal area in China, with the free-ranging herbivores from Africa, including giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, and antelopes in the east part, as well as some herbivores native to Asia and especially China in the west part.
The beast area is located on the rolling hillside in the south of the park, covering an area of 120,000 square meters. There are more than two hundred carnivores, including tigers, lions, bears, and wolves.
The park has the largest panther base in China, as well as the largest car-riding area in the grassland area across China. It also has Grand Circus World, Marine Animal Show, Playground, Animal Science Education House, Animal Hospital, and Rare Animal Breeding Base.
History of Qinling Wildlife Park
In 1954, Liu Tongfa, a man from Shanghai, China, came to Xi’an with his animals and performed animal shows. At that time, it was called “Tongfa Animal Exhibition Group”.
In 1956, the zoo was established by Xi’an Government through joint cooperation of several private animal exhibition groups with Tongfa Animal Exhibition Group as the main body, and relocated to Lianhu Park.
In 1958, the zoo was relocated to Geming Park and officially renamed “Xi’an Zoo”.
In 1977, the new Xi’an Zoo located in the east suburb of Xi’an was opened to the public.
In 1995, the zoo was designated as one of the top ten zoos in China by the Ministry of Construction.
In 2004, the zoo was moved to Qinling Mountains and renamed “Xi’an Qinling Wildlife Park”.
In 2019, the zoo won the title of the “China Demonstration Scenic Spot for Culture and Tourism Integration of 2019”.
Top Animals to See
On October 1, 2016, the new Panda House was officially opened to the public. The new house covers an area of more than 2,500 square meters and is divided into an outdoor area and an indoor exhibition area.
The Panda House was built to provide suitable living conditions for giant pandas and meet the needs of tourists, especially their requirements for a high-quality experience.
The Panda House integrates tourism, interactive experience, scientific research and breeding, and popularization of science.
The Elephant House is the largest animal exhibition house in the park, covering an area of nearly 3,000 square meters. It comprises an outdoor exhibition area and an indoor exhibition hall.
The outdoor exhibition area is an oval low-lying pool, surrounded by a frame structure with cement walls and strong steel pipe guardrails.
The indoor exhibition hall is 6 meters high, 36 meters wide, and 40 meters long, with a forage warehouse, 4 cages, and a passageway connected with the outdoor area. In order to ensure a warm environment for elephants in winter, an independent heating system is provided, and the cage is covered with wooden floors.
Snub-Nosed Monkey House
Snub-Nosed Monkey House
The architectural style of the Snub-Nosed Monkey House is quite unique, and the pavilions here are built by simulation logs. There are persimmon trees next to the wooden house in the cage, as well as stairs and ropes between the trees and the wooden house.
To make it convenient for the snub-nosed monkeys to enter and exit and for visitors to watch and feed these cute animals, the cages are connected by doors, and the outreach area is connected with the inner cage. The snub-nosed monkeys here are from the deep Qinling Mountains.
The Monkey Garden covers an area of nearly 500 square meters, consisting of five parts: the exhibition hall, the visiting corridor, the cage, the monkey pond, and the monkey hill.
The monkey pond is 5 meters deep, and there is a corridor beside the wall to connect with the monkey garden, which is convenient for the breeders to work. In the middle of the monkey pond, there is an artificial rockery, on which there are chains and swings for monkeys to play.
There are more than 100 monkeys of four species, including stump-tailed macaques, black-capped capuchins, macaques, and southern pig-tailed macaques.
The Hippo House has two major parts: the outer exhibition area and the inner exhibition hall. Each exhibition area has three banks, which is convenient for hippos to rest and graze.
There are five internal and external ponds, with a storage capacity of 600 tons. The water in the pool is replaced twice a week to ensure the water quality.
The exhibition hall covers an area of 854 square meters, with independent heating to ensure the effect of animal viewing in the cold season.
Lesser Panda House
The Lesser Panda House enjoys the most Qinling Mountains features in the walking tour area. The house is still as it was before the cage was built. The whole cage is round in shape. There are four tall chestnut trees. Under the trees in the bushes, three resting places were built for lesser pandas (red pandas). The whole area is enclosed by a wooden fence.
Animal Science Education House
Animal Science Education House
Located on the high slope near the south side of Swan Lake, the Animal Science Education House is the largest and most eye-catching European-style building in Xi’an Qinling Wildlife Park. The house is elaborately designed by German designers, and the top is a wave-like structure.
It includes five parts, the Origin of Animals, the Classification of Animals, the Relationship Between Animals and Human, the Display of Animal Specimens, and the Multimedia Broadcasting Hall. A total of 122 animal specimens of 59 species are displayed in the house.
As the national science popularization education base for wildlife protection and the advanced unit for ecological moral education of minors, the park regularly invites animal experts to conduct free publicity and education for tourists here every year.
You Can Travel in This Order
Visitors who arrive at Xi’an Qinling Wildlife Park at different time of the day can follow the suggested routes:
Before 11:00: take the sightseeing bus to visit Grassland Area and Beast Area→ walk to visit Snub-Nosed Monkey House→ Primate House→ Lesser Panda House → Swan Lake→ Grand Circus World→ Panda House → Animal Kindergarten →Australian and American Area→ Hippo House→ Asian Elephant & Rhino House→ Medium-Beast Prey Hall→ Peacock Garden→ Marine Animal Show→ Amphibian Reptile House → Animal Science Education House
Between 12:00 and 14:00: walk to visit Snub-Nosed Monkey House→ Primate House→ Lesser Panda House→ Animal Science Education House→ Marine Animal Show→ Peacock Garden→ Medium-Beast Prey Hall→ Bird of Prey Cage→ Asian Elephant & Rhino House→ Australian and American Area→ Hippo House→ Grand Circus World→ Panda House→ Swan Lake→ Monkey Garden→ take the sightseeing bus to visit Grassland Area and Beast Area
1. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, please wear a mask and prepare a health code in advance.
2. There are many large animals, so please take good care of yourself and the children.
3. There are many outdoor attractions in the zoo, so please take measures to protect yourselves from the sun.
4. Please bring cash to pay for the other charges in the zoo.
5. Please be a civilized tourist and do not feed the animals privately.
How to Get to Xi’an Qinling Wildlife Park
Take bus 320, 332, 334, and get off at the Qinling Wildlife Park Station.
Chinese: 请带我去西安秦岭野生动物园。English: Please take me to Xi’an Qinling Wildlife Park.
If you take a taxi to Xi’an Qinling Wildlife Park from the center of Xi’an (Shangri-La Hotel, Xian), it takes about 60 minutes (about 75yuan).
If you take a taxi to Xi’an Qinling Wildlife Park from Xi’an Xianyang International Airport, it takes about 80 minutes (about 200 yuan).
If you take a taxi to Qinling Wildlife Park from Xi’an Railway Station, it takes about 70 minutes (about 105 yuan).
If you take a taxi to Xi’an Qinling Wildlife Park from Xi’an North Railway Station, it takes about 80 minutes (about 185 yuan).