Beijing zoo and aquarium

24 Oct

The boys had the day off school for parent teacher conferences, so the four of us decided to do some more Beijing sightseeing. We hadn’t been to the aquarium yet, and I’d heard that it was worth visiting. The aqi was over 200, so indoor activities were a better option. The aquarium is located inside the zoo, and so is the giant panda exhibit. We started with the aquarium in the hopes that the air would improve, so in the afternoon we could check out the zoo and pandas.
We arrived around 10:30 and were able to catch the seal and dolphin show. Wyatt, Seth, and Ada loved the dolphins and the beluga whales. Of course it was super crowded and all in Chinese, but really, dolphins do tricks, beluga whale spits water and turns in circles, who needs English;). At least that was the answer that Seth excepted.

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After the show we looked at tons of fish. The shark exhibit was under renovation until August, but this aquarium is well worth the visit. They have a huge sturgeon tank, coral reef section, lite up jelly fish portion , and fresh water rain forest area.

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At one point during the fresh water rainforest area, we stopped for too long to feed the fish.  We were now the main attraction at the aquarium. This was one of those times it was really annoying.  Ada was being pulled on, despite being in the carrier, for pictures and touching.  Seth was being posed and patted on the head, and Wyatt was just getting frustrated at the whole scene. We were sort of cornered up against a bridge railing with no where to escape, except into the water with the fish.

Anyway…back to the outing.

Lunch time….more paparazzi.  Ada was making a face at one guy trying to take her pictures.

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After lunch, we took one final look and hit the gift shop. Seth bought a beluga whale stuffed toy with his own money. He hasn’t gone anywhere without “Belugas” since then. After checking the aqi on my phone, we put on our masks and headed out to see the zoo. Now not only were we one of the hand full of western looking people, but we also had our masks on, which made us stand out even more.
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While trying to find the panda exhibit we saw some interesting behavior and signage, and not just from the animals.

This one is a pulley system with meat hooks to feed the big cats.
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Wyatt and Seth with their cotton candy they have been dying to try! I finally caved, plus they got a little break from their masks. Aqi had dipped below 200, still horrible, but not hazardous. Whatever that means, it’s all bad…
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A glimps of one of the giant pandas in the background.
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There were loads of animals, all different varieties of species, most in old style smaller habitats. We watched the zoo staff flood out a couple of foxes in order to catch them for shots. That was an interesting scene. Zoo patrons harassing animals, like the poor wolves, growling and banging on their cages to get a rise out of them. Doing the exact opposite of all the posted signs. It was just one of those, only in China, moments. A good teaching moment for Wyatt and Seth of how we don’t act. The rhesus monkeys were crazy, much like some of the patrons, the kids got a kick out of them riding playground equipment and climbing the walls. The monkeys, not the patrons!
I think that’s most of our adventure. We didn’t see probably about half of the zoo, too big. All in all it was a great day. We left right at high traffic time to go pick up Robert, about three hours later we finally arrived home…

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