Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is the biggest aquarium in Shanghai, and one of the most beautiful ones in the world. The aquarium has a total built in area of 20,500 square meters. It is a US $50 million joint investment by Singapore-based Straco Corporation Limited and China's China Poly Group. Since its opening in February, 2002, SOA has received more than 1 million visitors every year from within China and all over the world. Shanghai, the starting point of your Yangtze River tour has much to offer for visitors. If you are traveling with your kids, paying a visit to Shanghai Ocean Aquarium should never be missed, which is full of educational significance to children.
Located just next to the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai's bustling financial district of Lujiazui, SOA is divided into 9 different thematic zones, with a collection of more than 450 species of aquatic animals from the five continents and four oceans. The design concept of SOA is to bring our visitors along an underwater journey that starts from China and continues throughout the major continents and regions of the world. Each zone in the aquarium is specially designed to recreate the most natural surroundings for our aquatic animals, and also to enable our visitors to experience and admire the uniqueness of every region around the world. SOA is currently the only aquarium in the world to have a separate exhibition zone that showcases aquatic animals from China, particularly rare and precious species from the famous Yangtze River. It is no wonder many China tour operators particularly arranged the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium for their family tours of Shanghai.
For visitors to SOA, the fascinating “round the world” underwater journey begins from the Yangtze River in China, then on to the mysterious flooded forest of the Amazon in South America. Next you will find yourselves at the mangroves and billabongs of Australia. You will then meander through the rivers of Africa before arriving at the rainforests of Southeast Asia. Brave the cold as you go through the icy waters of the Antarctic. The last leg of your journey will take you from the sandy shores to the depths of the ocean. The main highlights from these various zones include the Chinese sturgeon, Giant Salamander, Electric Eels, Spotted seals, Weedy Seadragons, Jellyfish, Sand Tiger Sharks... and many more! No China travel packages for children are not fantastic enough without visiting this Shanghai Ocean Aquarium.
Address: No. 1388 Lujiazui Ring Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, 200120
Daily operating hours: 9:00 – 18:00
Ticket sales and admission close at 17:30
Operating hours are extended to 21:00
During the following peak seasons:
Chinese New Year Holiday
Chinese National Day Holiday
Summer Holidays (July & August)
Ticket sales and admission during peak seasons close at 20:30
Adult: RMB 135
Above 1.4m in height and able to tour the aquarium independently
Child: RMB 90
Between 1.0m – 1.4m in height and accompanied by adult at all times
Senior citizen: RMB 70
Senior citizen pass to be presented before ticket purchase (above 70 years old)
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