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SHANGHAI ZOOLOGICAL PARK

SHANGHAI, P. R. CHINA

Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD

(Large elephants at the entrance to the zoo.)

Picture of street with tree branches directly to the right.)
HUAHAI XI LU
(Advertising curves over the street.)
FROM THE UPPER LEVEL OF BUS 911

For a novel experience, take the bus to the zoo.

From the six hundred block of Huahai Xi Lu or Huahai West Rd. You can catch a West bound, number 911, bus. They are easy to find, they are double decker.

Go to the top floor, there is more head room in the upper floor, and try for a front seat. If you have long legs you might have to sit sideways and occupy two seats but there probably won't be many other passengers, so it will be all right. Some of the busses have lots of leg room, in the front seats, while some don't

The first thrill you will experience is the tree branches that are about to come through the windshield at you. If you are the nervous type, you should sit on the left, or driver's, side of the bus, furthest from the trees. Huahai Lu is lined with trees, that aren't regularly trimmed, and the scars on the ends of the branches testify that the busses do, sometimes, collide with the branches.

But not to worry, just before you hit the trees, nine times out of ten, the bus will pull out into traffic, before he breaks the upper windshield on a branch.

Now comes your second thrill of the trip. As I said, into traffic. To be far enough from the curb, to avoid the trees, the bus may now be on the wrong side of the center line. Not to worry, that big truck coming at you, on your side of the center line, will get back on his own side of the road, just as soon as he finishes passing that scooter, which in turn will get back, closer to the curb, as soon as it finishes passing, that bicycle, which in turn will get back to the curb, as soon as it finishes going around the lady sweeping the leaves off the street.

And, yes, Virginia, there is room for the bus to fit under the overhead advertising that curves up over the street. And, no, he didn't just run into the back of the taxi that stopped for the light. It just looks like he is over top of the car's trunk from up here. In reality there is at least six inches between the grill of the bus and the back bumper of the cab.

Oh, I regress. Before I invited you along, on this joy ride, I should have asked you, if you are prone to; car, bus, plane, sea, or ship, sickness. This Lu, and subsequent streets to come, is fairly uneven, with small dips and spots of construction, that are amplified by the height you will be siting at. So we will roll, and sway, along the way.

This bus stops directly in front of the entrance to the zoo.

If you continue on it will end, in the heart of a residential complex, two blocks from the entrance to Qibao, Ancient Town. And just as you are arriving there, or as you are leaving, if you have your camera ready, you might get a really good photo of a gigantic airliner crossing, directly in front of you, just above you the rooftops.

Of course I had just turned my camera off when this happened.

(Sign, map of attractions in the zoo.)

The disadvantage of visiting a zoo in the winter is that the animals, and plants, that prefer warmer weather are not on display.

ONE OF THE FIRST DISPLAYS IS A MULTI STORIED HOME FOR REPTILES, FISH, TURTLES, AND BUTTERFLIES

The upper floor is a collection of large terrariums while the lower floor is home to equally large aquariums.

(A pleasant waterfall.)
IN WARMER WEATHER THIS AREA WOULD BE `BUZZING' WITH BUTTERFLIES
(Baby gator.)
I DON'T KNOW MY `CROCS' FROM MY `ALLIS' SO,
I WILL JUST SAY IT IS A BABY `CROCKAGATOR'. OR IS THAT `ALLIDILE'?

The advantage of visiting a zoo in the winter is that there are fewer people to block your view.

The Shanghai Zoo, or Zoological park, is presently, `06, undergoing a massive facelift. New displays are being built while older displays are being updated and enlarged.

(People looking in terrariums.)
(People looking in terrariums.)
(Large aquarium full of goldfish.)
(People looking in aquariums.)
(Large turtle in an aquarium.)
(Large fish in an aquarium.)

Just outside the aquariums is another set of tanks, devoted, exclusively, to gold fish.

(People near a pond in front of tall cylindrical aquariums.)
(A peacock on the head of an elephant statue.)
It costs Y2 (2 Yuan) to have your picture taken with the peacock
(Man feeding an ostrich.)
Most zoos have signs that say, `DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS', but no one obeys them.
( A pheasant in the grass.)
GOLDEN PHEASANT
(A peacock in the grass.)
PEACOCK
(A pea hen in the grass.)
PEA HEN

One disadvantage of visiting a zoo in the winter is that some of the supplementary exhibits such as elephant, or sea lion, shows are not open.

One advantage of visiting a zoo in the winter is that the supplementary exhibits such as children's rides, which would normally have an additional charge, are sometimes, though not always, free.

THROUGH BEADED CURTAINS, TO AN AVIARY
There are no signs but by experimenting one can find their way through the curtains into a huge bird cage.

(Large beaded curtains hide an entrance.)
(A large water fall.)

This waterfall was confusing. The water seemed to speed up so I tried to take a picture. Then there were too many people in front so I waited. Then, when most of the people had left, the water slowed down. After I took the picture the water flow increased again.

SWAN LAKE

(Flamingoes on the lake edge.)
FLAMINGOS
(Several breeds of ducks.)
(Feeding swans.)
(Trees and buildings behind a lake.)
REMINISCENT OF LOST LAGOON IN VANCOUVER'S
STANLEY PARK, HIGH-RISES ADORN THE HORIZON
(Trees cut into the shape of elephants.)
FANTASTIC SCULPTURE BUT A LONG WAYS FROM
HE ENTRANCE TO THE ELEPHANT HOUSE
(Block gatehouse.)
THIS IS THE ENTRANCE INTO A CUL-DE-SAC THAT CONTAINS
SMALL HOUSES, OR DUPLEXES. EACH SIDE OF THE LITTLE HOUSE
HAS A VIEW WINDOW LOOKING INTO A FRONT ROOM WITH
FURNITURE AND A DOG OR TWO. THESE ARE ALL DOMESTIC
DOGS SUCH AS; IRISH SETTER, GREAT PYRENEES ,ETC.

FOR Y2 YOU CAN HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN

(A man positioning a peacock.)
The peacock will stay where the man positions it.
(Peacock on a perch, zebra in the background.)
The zebra isn't real

LESSER PANDA
(BEAR CAT, RED PANDA, or CAT BEAR)

(Sign telling about a `lesser panda'.)
LESSER PANDA
(Three lesser  pandas in a tree.)
THREE IN A TREE, SLEEPING

(Lesser panda standing on hind legs.)
A LOT SMALLER THAN THE GIANT PANDA, THE LESSER PANDAS
RUN, ABOUT, 58 Cm IN LENGTH, PLUS TAIL
(Lesser panda walking over rocks.)
LIKE A GIANT PANDA THESE LITTLE FELLOWS LIVE ON BAMBOO
(Face of a lesser panda.)
THESE LITTLE CUTIES ONLY WEIGH, ABOUT, 5 Kg

(Maned Wolf.)
MANED WOLF
(Lee, black, but not a black bear.)

(Seals in a large pool.)
SEAL POOL
(Floral garden.)
(Sign telling about hippopotami.)
HIPPOPOTAMI
(3 hippopotami in holding tanks.)
WINTER QUARTERS FOR 3 LARGE HIPPOS. IN THE SUMMER
THEY HAVE LARGE PENS, AND POOLS, OUTSIDE

(Sign, says Pere David's Deer.)
MI LU (PERE DAVID'S DEER)
(Small herd of deer in a pen.)
(Sign telling about Manchurian Wapiti.)
MA LU (MANCHURIAN WAPITI)
(Manchurian Wapiti and a white bison.)
AND A WHITE BISON
(Sign telling about Bison.)
MEI ZHOU YE NIU (AMERICAN BISON)
(White bison lying in the mud.)
I HAVE SEEN MANY BISON BUT NEVER SEEN A WHITE ONE

(Sign telling about Blue Sheep.)
YAN YANG (BLUE SHEEP)
(Blue Sheep on top of a large dome.)
SHEEP LOVE TO CLIMB
THIS IS THE TOP OF A TALL STRUCTURE
(Blue Sheep lying on the ground.)

(Sign telling about rhinoceroses.)
RHINOCEROSES
(Two rhinocerouses.)

When I first walked around the rhino building the back yard was empty. Then a Rhino started to come out of the nearest door. I was waiting to get a picture of him but he turned his back on me and swung around to go in the second door. Then he backed up and the second rhinocerous came out of the second door. After I got the picture of them the first rhino went in the second door and the second rhino went in the first door and the yard was empty again.

(Large picture of a kangaroo with a cutout for the face.  A baby has his face in the hole.)
THIS PARTICULAR DAY, A CLOUDY SUNDAY, SAW
MANY COUPLES WITH THEIR LITTLE ONES. THIS LITTLE ONE,
THOUGH CHINESE IS FROM CANADA. WE ALSO MET A YOUNG COUPLE,
AND THEIR LITTLE TYKE, FROM INDIA
(Kangaroos in their large pen.)
KANGAROOS
(Giraffes.)
GIRAFFES. NOTE THE TALL DOORWAY
(A large pillared entrance.)
ENTRANCE TO THE ELEPHANT HOUSE

(Sign telling about elephants.)
(Mother elephant and her new baby)
MOTHER AND BABY ELEPHANT
(Big elephant.)
DADDY ELEPHANT
(Flower bordered walkway to large cage.)
ENTRANCE TO THE MONKEY AREA
(Sign telling about Golden Monkey.)
JIN SI HOU (GOLDEN MONKEY)
(Golden Monkey.)
(Sign telling about Francois' Lear Monkey.)
HEI YE HOU (FRANCOIS' LEAR MONKEY)
(3, mother, father, & baby, Francois' Lear Monkey.)
WHICH COUPLE, WITH THEIR BABY,
IS WATCHING WHICH COUPLE, WITH THEIR BABY?

There are many more cages and displays of monkeys and chimps and many more displays of other animals, however, I ran out of film.

If you find yourself in Shanghai with a day on your hands, and if you like zoos, the Shanghai Zoological Park is a must see. Take plenty of film and plan on spending a full day.

The zoo is located on the Western side of the city, 2381 Hong Qiao road, just North of the East West Elevated Road, towards the old airport, not far from the Four Seasons, and Renaissance, Hotels.

We took the taxi from the outskirts of PuDong and it only cost us Y62.

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