Beijing Pacific Underwater World
Located under the China Central Radio and Television Tower in Haidian District, Beijing Pacific Underwater World, also known as Taipingyang Andover Underwater World, is a wonderful exhibition hall sponsored by Singapore and China, covering a total area of over 8 acres (8,000 square meters). The design of the aquarium is based on the Caribbean pirate ship which gives visitors a real sense of being underneath the water. Altogether, the aquarium’s water content is approximately 5,232 cubic yards (4,000 cubic meters), containing hundreds of sea creatures from fierce sharks to beautiful reef fish. The aquarium uses a fresh water salinization system and a marine life self-maintenance system to ensure that the sea creatures are living under proper conditions.
Beijing Pacific Underwater World consists of many different zones for visitors to have different experiences. You can know more about the endangered Humboldt Penguins, and watch the jellyfish drifting around. Enjoying the lovely view of divers swimming with the marine creatures along the undersea tunnel will give you a totally different experience. If you are lucky enough, you may encounter some beautiful mermaids dancing around.
The Undersea Tunnel is the main section of the aquarium. It is about 87 yards (80 meters) long. Carried along on a conveyer belt, visitors can concentrate on the beautiful underwater world without walking. The whole tunnel is made of transparent acrylic material. The colorful coral formations and rare sea fish are all around you. The landscapes in the water are very gorgeous, as well. They are constructed as replicas of an ancient Mediterranean city. Around the constructions, there are many reminders of ancient civilizations, such as, fine china, magnificent pillars and statues.
There are over 20 Humboldt Penguins living in Beijing Pacific Underwater World. They look very special. There are some ribbon pattern stripes on their face and chest making them lovely and unique. This species is distributed around the Peruvian and Chilean islands. Because of the destruction of their habitats by human activities, the Humboldt Penguins have become an endangered species in the world. With the elaborate care from scientists, the penguins have already adapted to life in the aquarium and propagated their next generation.
Walking in the jellyfish enclosure is like staying in a world of fantasy. With clever use of illumination, the jellyfish turn into the spirits of the water drifting and shining. There are more than 20 kinds of jellyfish displayed in the aquarium: the Australia spotted jellyfish, the Pacific jellyfish, and the Papua jellyfish and so on.
There are two lovely and lively seals, Doudou and Benben, living in the seal pool. These two adorable creatures will put on an interesting show for visitors. Following the instructions of the keepers, they perform different actions in tandem. For example: welcoming, circling, backstroke, balancing a ball on the nose, saving people, pulling the boat and kissing the keepers. Children may have a chance of sitting on a boat pulled around the pool by the seals.
Dancing with the Sharks
In order to let the visitors enjoy the scene of divers and fish swimming together, the aquarium set up a specific area. In this area, the divers are surrounded by groups of small fish. The most exiting performance is divers swimming with sharks.
You can see the beautiful mermaids dancing gracefully to the lovely music. The mermaids are all played by the synchronized diving players. Their charming postures are stunning and quite unforgettable.
If you want to have an intimated contact with the sea creatures, there is a touching pool in Pacific Underwater World built for people to touch the lovely creatures. Animals in the pool are carefully selected. They are all nontoxic. The staff will teach the visitors the proper way to do it.
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Beijing Pacific Underwater World
Adult 120 Yuan, Child 70 Yuan
Best Time to Visit: Whole Year