Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

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Shanghai marine aquarium is located at 1388 Lujiazui Ring Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China, next to the Oriental Pearl Tower. Singaporean Xingya Group and Chinese Poly Group have jointly invested $55 million to build it with a construction area of 20500 square meters. Opened to the public in February 2002, it receives an average of more than 1 million tourists from all over the world every year. It has been awarded the title of "Popular Science Education Base" by the state and Shanghai, and is also one of the largest artificial seawater aquariums in the world.

Venue overview

Basic situation

Shanghai marine aquarium is located at 1388 Lujiazui Ring Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China, next to the Oriental Pearl Tower. Singaporean Xingya Group and Chinese Poly Group have jointly invested $55 million to build it with a construction area of 20500 square meters. Opened to the public in February 2002, it receives an average of more than 1 million tourists from all over the world every year, and has been awarded the title of "Popular Science Education Base" by the state and Shanghai. Shanghai Marine Aquarium has a unique architectural style, with a unique biological and ecological exhibition area in the Yangtze River Basin of China. It is also one of the largest artificial seawater aquariums in the world.

Pacific Coliseum

Shanghai Marine Aquarium is a modern large-scale marine aquarium with first-class international standards. There are nine exhibition areas in China, South America (Amazon), Australia, Africa, Southeast Asia, cold water, polar, coastal and deep sea. More than 450 species, 12,000 rare fish and endangered species from five continents and four oceans were exhibited. The aquarium also has 155 meters long and is one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world, giving visitors a sense of immersion.

The most distinctive features are the electric eels in South America, the sawrays and Water-Shooting fish in Australia, the penguins in Antarctica, and the charm of the precious grass and ribbon sea dragons in the town hall. Tourists marvel at jellyfish's graceful figure, while at the same time, they will experience six different marine customs including the thrilling "Shark Bay" in the deep sea.

The layout of the building is similar to that of the pyramid. The whole building is composed of two buildings, the main building aquarium and the auxiliary building. Each floor of the main building is specifically distributed as follows:

On the first floor, there are lobbies, ticket offices, gift shops and restaurants. Visitors will take escalators from the first floor entrance to the third floor to start visiting the aquarium.

The third floor: Fossil Exhibition, Wulin Congress - Competitive Bionic Exhibition for Aquatic Biology Survival, SOS Save Sharks Exhibition, Rare Aquatic Biology Exhibition Area in Yangtze River Basin, China Exhibition Area, South America Exhibition Area and Australia Exhibition Area. After visiting the third floor, visitors descend to the second floor through escalators.

The second level is divided into six exhibition areas: Australia, Africa, Southeast Asia, Cold Water, Polar and Coastal. After visiting the second floor, visitors take the escalator down to the second floor.

The second floor is the main body of the aquarium and the deep-sea exhibition area. After entering an automatic pedestrian tunnel, visitors complete the tour through a 650 cubic metre aquarium display tank and a submarine tunnel, and then return to the gift center and restaurant on the first floor from the tunnel exit.

In addition to exhibiting the world's distinctive freshwater and marine life, the aquarium has the most distinctive display of grass sea dragon, ribbon sea dragon, jellyfish, penguin, spotted seal, sand tiger shark, Chinese alligator, Chinese sturgeon and other rare species in the world. In addition to displaying aquatic organisms from five continents and four oceans, a preface hall introducing the human and geographical environment of each continents has been set up.

The exhibition space shows the geographical and cultural features of fishery countries of origin in different regions by decoration, theme, pattern and sound.

Theme exhibition area

China Exhibition Zone: Shanghai Marine Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world with independent exhibition areas in China and the Yangtze River Basin to display aquatic organisms with Chinese characteristics. Most of the exhibited organisms are state protected animals, including Chinese sturgeon, carmine, Chinese alligator and baby salamander (giant salamander).

South America: South America has the world's largest freshwater fish species and quantity. Hyoid giant bone, one of the largest freshwater scaly bony fish, also thrives here. The Amazon River is the world's most extensive River basin, where there are few people, covering a large area of tropical primitive jungle, full of mysterious color.

Australia: Although there are few species of freshwater fish in Australia, most of them are endemic fish not found elsewhere. Why? This is because the Australian continent has been separated from other continental plates for about 50 million years, and the fish in the two areas are unable to contact and hybridize. As a result, Australian freshwater fish have maintained their own unique characteristics.

Africa: Africa has not only Nile River, Congo River and other rivers, but also the Great Rift Valley Lakes in East Africa. There are many kinds of fish in Africa. Most of them are the Cichlidae fish in Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Malawi. These lakes were formed 500 to 2 million years ago, when a small number of fish from rivers into the lake adapted to their new environment. After numerous differentiation, they evolved into today's prosperous society.

Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia Tropical Rainforest is one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world. Its high forest coverage, magnificent natural landscape and abundant biodiversity provide abundant food and ideal habitat for the organisms living here. A variety of large-scale Southeast Asian fish "live and work in peace and contentment" here, the thriving scene is endless.

Cold water area: As the only exhibition cylinder in cold water area, seal cylinder, its semi-arc acrylic cylinder structure is another unique design of our museum. Here you can have close contact with four lovely spotted seals.

Polar Regions: Listening to the wind whistling past, Penguin friends are looking forward to welcoming you. They swayed in swallow-tailed clothes to show their charming gentlemanly demeanour.

Coastal Area: When you enter this exhibition area, you will be shocked by the diversity of marine species, the richness of colours and the peculiarity of their living habits. Horseshoe crab, sex-changing coral reef sloping fish, grass sea dragon and ribbon sea dragon, which are known as the treasures of our hall, will make you linger and forget!

Deep-sea areas: Outside the coastline, bays and coral reefs are open oceans where many pelagic predators flock.

Special exhibition area: Since the opening of the pavilion, the "special exhibition" which has been held all the year round has attracted much attention from the outside world. It is called a special exhibition because it is a thematic exhibition which gathers related organisms in the form of a special "hall in the museum" and presents them comprehensively and centrally. It creates a better platform for more tourists to understand marine knowledge and organisms comprehensively and pertinently, and it is also a popular science and education park that we focus on.

Most of the Aquarium

The only aquarium in the world that can keep grass sea dragon, leaf sea dragon, hippocampus and razor fish in the same exhibition vat has the longest survival time.

The Largest Electric Catfish on Show in Asia

The only aquarium in the world with six goldfish in the exhibition tank

The only tunnel in the world showing the Amazon rainforest

The only aquarium in mainland China showing the exhibition area of the Yangtze River Basin

The Most Successful Project of Shark Egg Development in China

The Most Expensive Jellyfish Exhibition Cylinder in Mainland China

The only pair of sawrays in China

Aquarium with the largest species of aquatic animals in mainland China (over 320 species)

The largest number of sand tiger sharks in an aquarium in Asia

China's only aquarium where seals can be seen underwater

Aquarium for the First Successful Artificial Reproduction of Ribbon Hailong in Asia

Practical information

Business Hours

Daily business hours are from 9:00 to 18:00, ticket sales and admission end at 17:30.

July and August Summer Holiday, 11 Golden Week and Spring Festival Business Time Adjustment

From 09:00 to 21:00, ticket sales and admission will end at 20:30.

Please pay attention to the official website and on-site announcements during the business hours of the special event day.

Admission price

Adult ticket 160 yuan

Children's ticket (height 1.0-1.4 meters) is 110 yuan (children are not allowed to visit the museum alone, but must be accompanied by adults. Children under 1.0 meters can be accompanied by adults free of charge).

Tickets for the elderly 90 (tickets and admission documents are required for personal use only)

Military ticket/disabled ticket 70 yuan (ticket purchase and admission need to show relevant certificates, restricted to my use)

Personal annual card 388 yuan, designed for aquarium enthusiasts, unlimited tours to Shanghai Marine Aquarium throughout the year, but also enjoy many other preferential treatment. [Renewal Preferential Price: Renewal within the validity period of 318 yuan]

Family annual card 888 yuan, designed for families who love aquarium, can make it easier for children to explore the aquarium mystery in a year, while allowing parents to enjoy more benefits. Preferential price for renewal: 868 yuan renewal within the validity period and two adults and a child under the age of 16 for another two months.

Annual cards are all real-name system. They are for personal use only. Photographs must be taken.

Best travel time

As a metropolis in the world, Shanghai does not have strict seasonal restrictions, but every spring (March-May) Shanghai Qingpu plum blossom, Fengxian rape flower, Pudong peach blossom, Songjiang orchid bamboo shoots are opening in the second place, which is very beautiful. And autumn (September-November) is the best time to taste hairy crabs, so-called "autumn wind sounds, crab feet itch", at this time hairy crabs yellow feet, crab fat thick, crab meat beautiful, salivating.

Clothing Guide

In July and August, the temperature in Shanghai is relatively high and the air humidity is high, so it is not suitable for outdoor sports. Winter in January and February is the coldest season in Shanghai, at this time, we should pay attention to cold prevention and warmth preservation. In June and July, it is the plum rain season in Shanghai, and we should carry raingear when we go out.

feeding time

The residents of Shanghai Marine Aquarium have a fixed "meal" time. Divers will present these wonderful moments to tourists at different times. Welcome to experience these unique visiting moments.

Friendship Tips: Due to the daily habits of aquatic animals and other reasons, feeding time may change without prior notice to tourists, please forgive me.

Food and Beverages

Located at the north entrance of the first floor of the aquarium, is our large fast food restaurant, covering 750 square meters, which can accommodate more than 300 people to eat at the same time. Its comfortable environment is integrated with the ocean hall and deserves your patronage. In addition to providing delicious Chinese and Western meals, the restaurant is committed to continuous improvement and innovation to meet our distinguished guests. Not only can we meet the dietary requirements of Asian and Western tourists, but also the perfect service and attractive commodity prices will add to your trip to the Ocean Pavilion.

Shopping service

Marine Memory Gift Shop

The gift shop at the exit of the aquarium exhibition area, Marine Memory, showcases a wide range of gifts. The theme of commodities is ocean, and the design is unique. There are plush products, crystal products, all kinds of toys, decorations, stationery, clothing and special photography. Visitors to our gift shop is not only a shopping experience, but also an opportunity to collect beautiful memories. At the same time, the unique decoration of the gift shop is also a great view to visit the aquarium, which is another highlight of the wonderful journey of the aquarium!

Traffic information

External traffic

Parking lot

The total number of parking spaces open to the public is 50, with a charge of 10 yuan per hour and 5 yuan per half hour after more than one hour. The rental fee is 900 yuan per month, more than 6 months, and the monthly rental fee is reduced to 750 yuan per month.


Visitors can also take buses to the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium and have multiple routes to choose from.

(Bus routes: 81, 82, 85, 583, 774, 795, 798, 799, 870., 961, 971, 985, 992, 993, etc.)


You can take a taxi to Shanghai Ocean Aquarium directly. The aquarium is located next to the Oriental Pearl.


Visitors can take Metro Line 2, get off at Lujiazui Station and walk 200 meters to Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. Line 2 can reach the center of the city. The Shanghai marine aquarium is only a short distance from the Nanjing road pedestrian street.

Internal traffic

Shanghai Marine Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world with a Chinese exhibition area and thematic exhibition of aquatic life and ecology in the Yangtze River Basin. Starting from the "Yangtze River" and passing through the Amazon jungle, we came to the "electric eel" pond in South America. We were separated from Australia's "sawrays and Water-Shooting fish" and wandered through the colorful Southeast Asia. We enjoyed the cold winter together with the penguins in Antarctica, enjoyed the charm of the town hall treasures - grass sea dragon and ribbon sea dragon, marveled at the wonderful figure of "jellyfish", and crossed the dangerous "shark sea". The Bay is the world's longest submarine tunnel, 155 meters long, with four different marine customs.

development history

Two thousand and fourteen

In February, Ma Nian seeks "horse" - - "Longma Spirit" Exhibition

May, May 1st Labor Day, a colorful African aquatic life-New Africa exhibition area

Two thousand and thirteen

February, Spring Festival Eel Show

May, Wulin Congress - Aquatic Biology Competitive Bionic Opening Hall

In July, Penguin Paradise Interaction was officially launched

In August, four sand tiger sharks imported from the United States were successfully stationed and displayed to the outside world.

In September, Sina Weibo was officially registered

In October, the first successful artificial breeding of ribbon sea dragon in Asia

Shanghai Marine Aquarium has been awarded the title of "Shanghai Famous Brand" for three consecutive years.

Two thousand and twelve

In May, the Science and Technology Week with the theme of "Sustainable Seafood" was launched.

In July, an interactive show of the Waterfish Talk Show was launched.

In October, the first Asian Exhibition - "Ribbon Hailong" was launched.

Two thousand and eleven

In April, it won the title of "Shanghai Famous Brand" Enterprise

Two thousand and ten

May, won the title of National Science Popular Education Base

In December, an exhibition featuring "The Secret of Jellyfish" was launched.

Two thousand and nine

In July, you launched your 25-step SOS Save Sharks Public Welfare Tour to Shanghai citizens.

In October, it was awarded National AAAA Tourist Scenic Spot

Two thousand and eight

March, Entering the "Life Science" Textbook of Shanghai Junior Middle School

In October, the Seventh International Aquarium Conference was successfully hosted.

Two thousand and seven

In April, the Fatal Aquatic Biology Exhibition was successfully launched.

Two thousand and six

In May, a rare twin shark egg was displayed.

In October, the South American exhibition "Discover Amazon" was launched, including Amazon's longest aquarium.

In December, the aquarium opened a "free open day" for vulnerable groups.

Two thousand and five

In May, Huang Hippocampus was successfully reproduced and part of it was presented to the brothers'aquarium in China.

In June, the world's only freshwater jellyfish, Peach Blossom Jellyfish, was exhibited.

In September, WILD AID (Wild Rescue Association) Environmental Protection Organization successfully launched "I Love Sharks Exhibition".

Two thousand and four

The special exhibition of the twelve zodiac signs was launched in January

May, won the title of Shanghai Science Popular Education Base

Opening Ceremony of Shanghai Marine Aquarium on June 11, 2004

In September, with the support of WWF (World Wild Fund for World Nature) environmental protection organization, the exhibition of rare aquatic organisms in the Yangtze River Basin was successfully held for the first time in the world.

In October, she was awarded the title of Shanghai Ocean Science Popular Education Base.

In December, China won the right to host the 7th International Aquarium Conference for the first time.

Two thousand and three

May, won the title of Pudong New District Science Popularization Education Base in Shanghai

In October, the special exhibition of invertebrates was successfully launched.

Two thousand and two

February, officially open to the outside world

In August, 1 million tourists arrived.

In December, the Goldfish Show was held successfully, showing the largest goldfish in the Guinness world record.

Two thousand and one

In November, the aquarium building was completed

In December, the first fish from all over the world arrived at the aquarium.

What are you waiting for? Bring home the beautiful ocean memories!