Hongshan Forest Zoo Tours – Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China

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No. 157 Hongshan Lu, China, Jiangsu Province, Nanjing
Hours : 7:30am-4:30pm from March-October, 8:00am-4:30pm November to February

About this place

As expected, the Hongshan Forest Zoo’s are so poor that most Western visitors will likely choose to avoid this place.  While every last cage isn’t inhumanely small, some cages are so small that animals frantically pace back and forth.  The zoo is located on a large plot of land, so in theory it should be possible for the zoo administration to expand the living spaces of the animals.
Besides the subar animal living conditions, the signs are rarely in English.  Strangely, the only signs that are written in fluent English are written only in English and say “Do not feed or tease animals”. Perhaps these signs are an attempt to make English-speaking visitors think the zoo actually puts effort into restricting uneducated patrons from throwing fruit and bottles at or to the animals. The signs are actually the 2nd most entertaining part of this zoo. “Please cherish life” next to the tiger cage takes the cake.
Hongshan Zoo Pagoda
The most entertaining and harmless part of the zoo is the pagoda (大状观阁) at the top of Hongshan Hill.  None can deny that the pagoda provides one of the best views of Nanjing city, or at least the northern portion of the city.  From the top of the pagoda, Purple Mountain and Xuanwu Lake to the northwest are easily within view. Entrance to the pagoda is 2 yuan.

Hongshan Zoo Pagoda


Views from Hongshan Pagoda                               
How to get there:
East Entrance – Located on Hongshan Road (红山路).  Buses No. 22, 24, 40, 66 and 74.
North Entrance – Located on Heyan Road (和燕路).  Subway or Buses No. 8, 30, 35, 54, 64, 72, 77 & 308.  The most popular way to get to the zoo is to take the Subway to the Hongshan Zoo Station.  After exiting the Subway station walk about one block southwest down Heyan Road.

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A nice place for family and kids to spend a weekend at Hongshan Forest Zoo.

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Hongshan Forest Zoo was a great trip before i leave Nanjing, i stayed in Nanjing almost 6 years and never got a chance to go to Hongshan Forest Zoo to see the pandas, the other animals. But last year i finally had a plan and went to the zoo, it was great. 
All kinds of animals there, and the most excited part i will say is to go to see pandas, it`s my first time to see they in real, they are so cute, walking around,  cutey fighting with each brothers and sisters, or sitting dow...read more
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