by Afia Yeboah, Greenheart Travel homestay English teacher in China
It’s day 7 in Beijing and today I went on an adventure: A Trip To the Beijing Zoo!!
Main Goal: To see PANDAS. Pandas are a symbol of peace and friendship in China so I felt it would be important to see them while I’m here in Beijing.
If you remember Day 4 in Beijing, I talked about my friend from college named Jade Johnson. Well we decided to hang out again today and take a trip to the zoo! Before I came to China, I did my research. I thought it would be best to come up with a list of places to visit that were considered Beijing, China’s Main Attractions. The Beijing Zoo was the one of the places on my list.
The Beijing Zoo is metro accessible, and in fact it has its own station on Line 4 of the Beijing Subway. After making 2 transfers, within all of about 35 minutes, we got to the zoo. Jade’s roommate, who has been living and teaching in Beijing for 5 years, told us to get food before we entered the park, because they only served snacks inside.
So our first destination and closest food option was the World Recognized McDonald’s. After days of rice, I’ve never been more excited to see that golden arch. The McDonald’s was actually pretty normal and cool. I ordered a Double Cheeseburger and small fry. The fries were exactly like how they are at home. The burger patties were slightly off in taste but still doable. Thanks McDonald’s.
We made our way back to the zoo. Admission was really cheap, 20 Yuan, which is less than $4 in USD. The Zoo was huge! They had lions, and tigers, and bears. We learned that the zoo was home to over 400 different species of animals, about 5,000 animals in total, including kangaroos, elephants, zebras, and giraffes. We got to see all of the animals I mentioned and more. I also got to see the giant pandas! Yay! And I also got to pet some zebras, which was really cool.
The park was huge so after about 2 hours we were pretty tired of walking. But all and all it was a great experience and I do recommend a trip to the Beijing Zoo to you all!
Until next time and thanks for reading,