Today we went to Tianjin zoo. We have been to plenty of zoo's in China so know what to expect and were not really all that surprised to be the only Westerners wondering round. Generally zoo's do not come anywhere close to western standards and some are better than others. My argument is that I won't know until we go. As like most zoo's it was in a rather nice park so at the very least you could go for a stroll around it.
An adult ticket cost 30rmb and a child 25rmb. Those under 120 cm are free.
I could tell as soon as I walked in with the litter all over the place that this was not going to be an amazing zoo. My eldest is starting to see things a little differently now, he is starting to pass comment on conditions, probably because he has been listening to me. My youngest however is blissfully unaware and just wanted to find the Kangaroos. Unfortunately the kangaroos were closed today. This was a huge disappointment for him as he likes to pretend he is a kangaroo from time to time and I suspected he wanted a bouncing competition with them.
One of the things that you have to get used to in Chinese zoo's is that people feed the animals. The first time I witnessed this I was totally shocked, now I guess I am used to it. I have seen a giraffe been given packets of crisps, a lama given cola and of course the obligatory live chicken to the tigers. Tianjin is no different apart from the fact that for the most part people were feeding the animals with healthy food. People were whipping out lunch boxes filled with veggies and passing them through the bars to the camels, donkeys, deers etc.
A little girl posing for a photo in front of a tiger.
On the way out we bought a few plastic animals so the boys could relive their magic zoo moments when they got home!
Overall this was by no means the worst zoo I have been to, however if I was visiting again there is a couple of exhibits I would give a miss.
The zoo is in a great area to get a bite to eat after and we all enjoyed a lovely tex mex meal before heading home to play...zoo.